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Getz honored to be in ULS Hall of Fame


October 04, 2012
Grosse Pointe’s Art Getz has the honor of joining some of the area’s best student-athletes in the University Liggett School Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame.The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. and the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Manoogian Arts Wing at the school, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods.Joining Getz in the hall of fame ceremony are Bob Wood, 1959 Grosse Pointe University School; Allen Taber, 1980 ULS; Kevin Crociata, 1990 ULS; Heather Heidel Petty, 1993 ULS; Lauren Ealba, 2002 ULS; and Muriel Brock, coach emerita.“It’s an honor to be included in this hall of fame with such great men and women,” Getz, 63, said. “I enjoyed my time at GPUS and I thank my parents for sending me to this fantastic school.”Getz, a 1967 Grosse Pointe University School graduate, earned letters for varsity football in his sophomore, junior and senior years.He was starting quarterback all three years and was co-captain his senior year. Undefeated his junior year, Getz had single-season and career records for best completion percentage, most touchdown passes and yardage.“We had some great football teams at GPUS,” Getz said. “We ran a sophisticated offense back in those days and it had defenses confused.“I could hand the ball off to either the fullback, halfback or keep it, or fake handing it off and throw a pass. My offensive line was good and I had plenty of time to hit open receivers.”He also played varsity basketball three years and made All-Surburban and All-State his senior season with the highest scoring points per game average.He was the starting shortstop for the baseball team all three years, as well.“We were all three-sport players back then and it made us good all-around athletes,” Getz said.Getz played in the Adray League as a high schooler and played with Major League Baseball first baseman Steve Garvey, a Michigan State University graduate, and Tom Walker, who played Major League Baseball for the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels.“We had some great baseball players in the Adray League,” Getz said. “Detroit and the surrounding areas had some very talented baseball players.”He utilized his baseball skills and played college ball down south at Wake Forest University. He played on the freshman team before giving up the sport to focus on his education.Once he returned home, he moved out of state, but moved back to Grosse Pointe when his three children, Art III (Chip), Chris and Megan, were young.“We had family here in Grosse Pointe, so it made sense to move back,” Getz said. “Our children had the opportunity to grow up in a wonderful community and we enjoyed this time.“It’s amazing how fast time flies and now we get a chance to see our children do well as adults.”Getz’s father, Art Sr., was instrumental with the inception of Little League in Grosse Pointe. His father was the president, but in the early 1990s, Getz Jr. took over the spot his father held.Getz Jr. was a fixture in Little League, coaching and handling administrative duties, for more than a decade before retiring.He remains on the board and fields questions, so he remains a vibrant part of the game he loves, baseball.“There is a strong foundation for Little League in Grosse Pointe and it’s nice to see so many children playing a great game,” Getz said. “The foundations that was set here was fantastic. We’re a national program with dedicated volunteers. There is such a synergy created here.”Getz’s middle child, Chris, took baseball to the highest level and is a second baseman on the Kansas City Royals.He played baseball at Wake Forest before transferring to the University of Michigan. Chris had a great college career and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was traded from the White Sox with Josh Fields to the Royals for Mark Teahan Nov. 6, 2009.He is currently on the Disabled List with a broken thumb.He biggest attribute is speed. He has 75 stolen bases in his career.Chip played Little League baseball before focusing on tennis at Grosse Pointe South, while Megan played field hockey at University Liggett and is currently the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood girls’ field hockey team varsity head coach.“My wife, Betsy, and I are proud of our three children,” said Getz, who has been married to Betsy since 1977. Getz has worked in the family business, selling home medical equipment.

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