London Sports Hall of Famers Honoured

Jack Fairs and Fran (Wigston) Eberhard, Western athletes, coaches, and inductees of the London Sports Hall of Fame will add Lifetime Achievement honours to their resumes at the annual Western Mustangs Sports Hall of Fame dinner, October 19 at the London Convention Centre.

Fairs has been in our Hall since its inauguration in 2002, the first double inductee, recognized as the catcher on the storied London Majors baseball team of 1948 and individually for his outstanding athletic career at Western and the London playground system.  Western’s news release for the upcoming event describes his career at the school – “professor emeritus of kinesiology, coach of Mustangs Men’s Squash for an incredible 57 consecutive seasons producing 38 championships. He played and coached five sports during his lifetime: football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and squash.” The 95-year-old maintains his connection to sports in London as a regular attendee at Old-Timers Association luncheons where he holds court relating stories from his incredible life in the Forest City. A true Hall of Famer in every sense!

Eberhard, BA’57, MA ’79 starred in multiple sports while attending Western – basketball, volleyball, and track & field. Turning to coaching, Eberhard led women’s volleyball to six provincial and three national championships. She was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Tickets for the October 19 event at the London Convention Centre are available from Western’s website ( — $75/person: tables of 10.