Year Inducted: 1992
Nominated By: Dan Milusnic (brother)
Sports Competed In: Softball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Before High School:
Played guard for the CF&I - YMCA Midgets in the 1920's.
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1932..Milner played basketball (guard) for the Wildcats...Also was a member of the football and tennis teams.
Member of the Wildcats 1931 State Basketball Championship team.Member of the Wildcats 1931 State Basketball Championship team.
Changed his name from Mike Milusnic to Mike Milner when he went to Western State College (WSC) in Gunnison, Colorado in 1934...Dropped out of school for a term the returned...Also played football at WSC.
● Named captain of the Mountaineers basketball team that beat Colorado University with Byron “Whizzer” White playing for the Buffaloes (1938).
● Gunnison fans consider him one of the best defensive men to ever play for the Mountaineer five.
● Played basketball as a guard for the CF&L - YMCA in 1938 and with New York Furniture out of Denver, Colorado.
● Played in the National AAU Basketball Tournament.
● Softball windmill pitcher: 6' 2" 180 lbs with good speed, change of pace, curves and control.
● In the 1930's had a right short stop and a left short stop...Did double duty, being both the manager and pitcher for the Gunnison Shell Oilers.
● Pitched for CF&I Pueblo - State Champions - CF&I (1936).
● Pitched for Shell Service Station in Gunnison, Colorado before moving to Denver (1937).
● Played for "Fats" Richardson, manager of the Denver Golden Gate Grill and his pitching beat the Pueblo C.F.& I Finishers 2-1 in State Playoff (1938).
● Voted as the best pitcher in Denver.
● Other teams pitched for: Collateral Bankers, Cook-Alperts, May Company (in May, 1940, pitched May Company to win in his last performance in Denver), and for United Airlines in Cheyenne, WY, on June 28, 1940.
● Softball teams Mike pitched for went to the National Softball Tournaments many times.
● Was a pitcher and manager for the U.S. Army softball team in 1948.
● One of seven volleyball players on Denver 'Y' Volleyball team in 1959 that won the West Central Volleyball Championship.
● Also played for the Pueblo Steel 'Y' and Omaha.
● Worked as a football official and served two years (1955-57) as the President of the Colorado Football Officials Association.
● On March 20, 1955, worked the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City as an official.
● One week later (March 27, 1955) he refereed in San Francisco, California (Olympic Club win against the U.S. Marines from Quantico, Virginia).
● President of Colorado Board of Basketball Officials and the Chairman of both the Basketball Committee for Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and AAU Volleyball Committee.
Worked as the Co-coordinator of Officials at Stanford University - which as to make sure officials at the Cardinals home games are well taken care of.
Was married to his wife Geraldine...Passed away on August 18, 2003.