1932 - 2000
Inducted – 2005
The first sports writer to be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Bob Hentzen was one of the most respected newspaper voices of his time as his chronicled the highlights and heartbreak and the highs and lows of the Kansas sporting scene for nearly 40 years. Hentzen produced more than 8,500 columns for The Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal, ranging from the Super Bowl and World Series to his beloved Washburn Ichabods. He was honored as the Kansas Sports Writer of the Year 15 times. Hentzen graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked in the Sooners’ media relations office before newspaper stints with the Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. He came to Topeka in January, 1958, and became the sports editor and lead columnist of the Topeka Capital-Journal until he retired on March 1, 1996. He continued to write one column a week until his death in 2000. Hentzen was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 1990, received the prestigious Bert McGrane Award from the Football Writers Association in 1993 and was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. Born September 2, 1932 - Seward, Nebraska. Died March 17, 2000 – Topeka, Kansas. Graduated – Central High School, -Oklahoma City, 1950; University of Oklahoma, 1954.