December 8, 1996

Fred Stabley Sr.

December 8, 1996
MSU Athletics
MSU's Sports Information Director - (1948 - 1980)
MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Fred Stabley Sr..

Michigan State Sports Information Director (1948 – 1980)

Fred Stabley Sr. was born in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Penn State University. He started his career as a reported and city editor with the Gazette and Daily in York, Pennsylvania. After earning his Master’s Degree at MSU, he started as Sports Information Director in 1948 and helped found the College Sports Information Directors of America serving as its president in 1958 to 1959. He received that organization’s highest award, the Arch Ward Award for outstanding service in 1962 and was a charter member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1969. Stabley’s writing and promotional prowess helped MSU produce 42 All-Americans in football, 13 in hockey, 10 in basketball, and eight in baseball. He also served at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games. He also wrote two reference books on Michigan State sports.  Fred Stabley was one of the original inductees into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He passed away on December 8, 1996 at 81 years of age.