CALUMET - Alan Blake was a driving force in the early advancement of Guts. As leader of the legendary Highland Avenue Aces Guts Frisbee Team, he helped propel the sport into the modern era.
A defensive phenomenon who also had one of the game's first great two-finger sidearm throws, Alan Blake could take over a match with both his throwing and catching. Under his leadership, the Aces competed in five consecutive International Frisbee Tournament finals, from 1970 through 1974, winning in '71, '72 and '73.
He was also an exemplary sportsman on and off the field, a pleasure to play with or against. Following his Guts career, Blake performed as part of The Aces professional Frisbee demo team. Performing more than 300 times in 35 states, Alan spread the word about Frisbee sports, including Guts, wherever he traveled.
Alan Blake will be inducted into the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame during an induction dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Calumet Colosseum, where the hall is located.
For more information, visit the International Frisbee and USA?Guts Hall of Fame Facebook page.
See Saturday's Daily Mining Gazette for a preview of the 56th annual Coca-Cola International Frisbee Tournament, slated for Saturday and Sunday at Agassiz Field in Calumet.