Tony Fraiola '44
Tony Fraiola '44
Title: Athlete
Year: 1944
Team: Football
Induction: 1998

Anthony Jo "Tony" Fraiola came to Willamette after a brief stint in the Marines. He lettered all four years in football at left guard, leading the Bearcats to three straight Northwest Conference titles until, in 1943, the impact of World War II limited Willamette to a three-game season. Fraiola's impact on the Northwest small college football was immediate, and following his freshman year in 1940 all nine of Willamette's foes selected him to their all-opponent team. He was on Willamette's famous "Pearl Harbor Team" in 1941, the year he as named Little All America by the Associated Press. Fraiola was so taken by Hawaii that he returned there after school, met his Japanese wife, and coached in Hawaii schools for 32 years.