McKale, James Fred

McKale, James Fred

Male 1887 - 1967  (79 years)

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  • Name McKale, James Fred  [1
    Nickname Pop 
    Born 12 Jun 1887  Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 29 Jan 1963  Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 1 Jun 1967  Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I65018  Sackett
    Last Modified 24 May 2020 

    Father McKale, W. H.,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Bateman, Sarah,   d. Unknown 
    Children
     1. McKale, James Fred,   b. 12 Jun 1887, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1967, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     
    Family ID F23016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sackett, Ada Louise,   b. 30 May 1888, Eckford, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1968, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1915  Eckford, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Groom name: James Mckale
      Groom race or color (on document):
      Groom age: 28 years
      Groom birth year: 1887
      Groom birth place: Lansing, Mich
      Bride name: Ada Sackett
      Bride race or color (on document):
      Bride age: 27 years
      Bride birth year: 1888
      Bride birth place: Eckford, Mich
      Marriage date: 31 Jul 1915
      Marriage place: Eckford, Calhoun, Michigan
      Father of groom name: W.H. Mckale
      Mother of groom name: Sara Bateman
      Father of bride name: L.D. Sacket...
      Mother of bride name: Delle Shipp
      Film number: 2342709
      Frame number:
      Digital GS number: 4209290
      Image number: 507
      Reference number: v 1 p 314 rn 391
      Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
    Children 
     1. McKale, Ruth Sackett,   b. 29 Aug 1918, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 2002, Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. McKale, Marion,   b. 27 Jul 1925, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2009 
    Family ID F23015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Jun 1887 - Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Jul 1915 - Eckford, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - McKale, Ruth Sackett - 29 Aug 1918 - Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - McKale, Marion - 27 Jul 1925 - Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Jan 1963 - Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jun 1967 - Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Occupation: Athletic Director

  • Sources 
    1. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 22 May 2020.
      Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 27 Aug 1968, Page 18

      The Spectator, by Abe Chanin

      Valiant Woman Of Sports

      ADA SACKETT McHALE was of an age when it was considered most indelicate for a woman to compete in sports.

      But for more than a half century she lived within the world of sports. In this man's world she came to be admired and loved for her graciousness, her laughter and the balance she brought to discussions on sports.

      She stood alongside her husband, the legendary J. F. (Pop) McKale, through all the years of growth in University of Arizona athletics from the days rock-strewn playing fields to the finest collegiate athletic plant (in the 1930s, but not any longer) in the Southwest.

      Pop McKale, who died last June 1 a week before he would have been 80, will be memorialized for his service to the UA when the proposed McKale Student Activity Center becomes a reality. No man did more for University of Arizona athletics than Pop McKale. His admirers, former students and athletes now strewn throughout the world, will attest to that.

      It was a life of dedication to the university and through the years there was anger, frustration and disappointment as well as good times and success. There were tears between the days of cheers and setbacks to be overcome.

      Through it all Ada Sackett McKale stood beside her husband, accompanying him through a lifetime in athletics. It wasn't always easy to keep anger and anxiety locked outside the front door when Mac came home from the athletic fields. But she steered him through the troubles and the home she made was a haven for him.

      A Companion In A Man's World

      Ada McKale died last week, as her husband had, in the home they made just two blocks from the university campus.

      To that house had come many of the southwest's leading athletic figures and many national sports leaders, too. And Ada McKale always was the gracious hostess. She became a close friend to many cf the nation's great coaches.

      There was not a summer that Ada didn't accompany Mac to the College World Series of Baseball. And she missed few baseball games there in Omaha. She watched the games with interest, chatting with the coaches and quite often dropping a viewpoint as to the strategy employed.

      She was the greatest booster of her husband. I can recall when I was a big younger (sic) in newspapering, I was at the McKale home getting material for a profile sketch. When I was finished and started for the door, Ada came alongside and whispered: "Don't put in your story that Mac chews tobacco. I don't think our church people would like that."

      Ada had a sharp sense of humor that matched her husband's and there was a time or two she used it to spur him. One day she was waiting in the car to pick Mac up in front of old Bear Down Gym. Mac was talking with a young student-athlete who had just been married. Mac was giving him advice.

      "Put your foot down right away. You run the roost. Don't let your wife tell you what to do."

      Whereupon Ada McKale leaned out the window and shouted, "C'mon, McKale, get in this car right now. You have chores to do at home."

      They were a great team, Ada and Pop McKale, and their service to the university and community is deeply and permanently etched.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 22 May 2020.
      Memorial ID 19989856
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19989856

      James Fred "Pop" McKale
      Birth 12 Jun 1887
      Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
      Death 1 Jun 1967 (aged 79)
      Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
      Burial
      Evergreen Memorial Park
      Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
      Plot Section 16, Plot A, 7th Row

      Former multiple sport college athlete, coach and athletic director. He had a lifetime commitment to athletics which started at Albion College in 1906. Pop was named a two-time All-State athlete in both football and baseball at Albion. He helped the football team win an MIAA championship in 1908 and served as the team's captain in 1908 and 1909. A four-year varsity letter winner in both baseball and football, Pop served as the student president of the MIAA in 1909-10.

      After Pop left Albion College he moved on to the University of Arizona, where he distinguished himself as a coach and athletic director. He served as director of athletics at the University of Arizona from 1914 until 1957. During that time he served as a baseball, football, basketball and track coach. Pop was inducted into the Arizona Sportsmen Hall of Fame in 1959 and was a charter member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 1976. He passed away June 1, 1967. His legacy at the University of Arizona will live on forever in the basketball stadium that bears his name.

      The McKale Memorial Center is an athletic arena located on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona named in honor of McKale. athletic director and coach of all sports at the University of Arizona for a time, a figure at the university from 1914 to 1957. McKale is also credited with giving the university its nickname, the Wildcats. McKale coached the 1914 school football team that played a tough game against California champions Occidental College on Thanksgiving Day, where the press deemed the Arizona team Wildcats, and McKale ensured that the nickname remained.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 23 May 2020.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 29 Jan 1963, Page 9

      Lewis L. Sackett Lewis L. Sackett, 63, of 44 Anderson Court, who had operated service stations on Upton Avenue for 32 years, died in his sleep early today. He was found dead in bed at the home of a son, Robert, of 70 Althea Ave., where he was spending the night. He had been aware of a heart ailment for several years. Born in Eckford Township, a son of Lewis Daniel and Emily (Shipp) Sackett, he spent his entire life in this area except for a period of Army service during World War I. He opened his first service station in 1930 and had operated on two other corner locations before locating at the present address, 187 Upton Ave. His son Robert had been associated with him in the business in recent years. Mr. Sackett was married Jan. 7, 1928, to Roma Crampton, who died Nov. 22, 1961. Surviving are three sons, Robert, Kenneth of 54 E. Goguac St. and Douglas, a student at the University of Michigan, Dearborn Center; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Barbara) Persing of Albion, Mrs. Richard (Elinor) Thorpe of 11235 T Drive N. and Mrs. John (Josephine) Robertson of 165 Kirkwood Ave.; a brother, Robert Sackett of Marshall; two sisters, Mrs. J. F. (Ada) McKale of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. C. R. (Helen) Hills of 210 Chestnut St., and 12 grandchildren. Mr. Sackett was a member of Gen. George A. Custer Post No. 54, American Legion, and of A. T. Metcalf Lodge No. 419, F&AM.

      Researched by Ted Smith


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