Michael M. “Mike” Milner (Milusnic)


Year Inducted: 1992
Nominated By: Dan Milusnic (brother)
Sports Competed In: Softball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

Michael M. MilnerMichael M. Milner

Before High School:
Played guard for the CF&I - YMCA Midgets in the 1920's.

High School:
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.

Achievements:
High School:
Member of the Wildcats 1931 State Basketball Championship team.Member of the Wildcats 1931 State Basketball Championship team.

College:
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.

Achievements:
College:
● 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.

Related Activities:
● 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.

Contributions:
● 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.

Occupation:
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.

Personal:
Was married to his wife Geraldine...Passed away on August 18, 2003.


GPSA "M" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

1
Administrator/Contributor
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Athlete/Contributor
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)

Athlete/Administrator/Coach
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

Athlete/Coach/Official
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Attended First Meeting
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Salida H.S., Salida, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)
H.S. in Provo, Utah

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)

Attended P. County/P. South H.S.
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)

Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S.
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Auto Racing
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)

Bowling
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Coach/Contributor
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)

Charter Member
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

Rodeo
Marie Mass (2022*p)

Tennis
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

Track
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)

2 
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Art Martinez (1989)

Cross Country
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)

Official
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Softball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)

Wrestling
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

 

3 
Coach
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

 

4 
Athlete/Coach
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

Basketball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Contributor
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Art Martinez (1989)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy(1973*+)

 

6 
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p>)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

8
Athlete
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Football
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)


Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

 

10
Baseball
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

 

13 
Honorees Deceased
Marie Mass (2022*p)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992*)
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty"McCutcheon (1974*p)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

 

28
Honorees in "M" Section

 

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN GPSA INDUCTEES

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2023 induction ceremony on Nov. 15.

 

 

Daniel RosalesDaniel
Rosales

12/13/2023
Class of 2002

Everett C. ThalhamerEverett C.
Thalhamer

12/23/2023
Class of 2014