The era of athletic contributions by the Fischer family began when Al ran for a touchdown the very first time he touched the ball in a Varsity game. For the next dozen years, the impact continued as they accumulated 29 letters.
After four years of football, hockey and track letters, school records in the 100 and 220 dashes and being voted MVP for the entire city conference in football, Al went on to the University of Minnesota where he played on two Rose Bowl teams, one of which was the national champion.
Brother Dick followed with a letter in hockey and two baseball. Although spending only his senior year at Southwest, brother Jerry added one letter in baseball.
Phil, who still holds a City Conference record for his 99-yard touchdown and was twice on the WCCO All State team of the week and tied Al’s 100-yard dash record, added letters in football, hockey and track to the family legacy. Not to be over shadowed by the brothers, Mary Ellen spent three years on the Indianettes precision danceline.
Brother Joe kept the tradition of excellence alive with the fastest 440 dash in school history. He took his track talents to Mankato State where was on a record setting sprint medley team and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Proud of their school and neighborhood, Dick and Phil coached Southwest youth hockey teams to five state tournaments which contributed to the success that Southwest hockey enjoyed for the next 15 years. Phil raised his family in the neighborhood and they added 8 letters to the family total. When new hockey uniforms were needed the brothers lead the fund raising campaign.