Anton Reel, Jr.

Born: November 4, 1919

Died: August 2, 2017

Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

Year of Induction: 2006


High School Career

James Monroe High School, Bronx, NY (1934-1938)

• Third Place Finish Overall NYC Indoor Track Meet as Freshman (’34)

• Set City & Meet Record in 220-yard low hurdles; competed Penn Relays (1938)


College Career

Perkinston Junior College, Perkinston, MS (1938-1940)

• Mississippi JUCO Track & Field Championships: 1st place, 220-yard low hurdles


Military Service

US Navy (1942-1947)

• Loyola School of Dentistry, New Orleans, LA (1943-1945)

• Lieutenant Junior Grade, Naval Reserves (1954)


Weightlifting & Bodybuilding Achievements


• Southern AAU Novice Weightlifting Championship, Heavyweight Division: 1st place

• Mr. New Orleans, LA State Bodybuilding Championships

• National Bench Press Championships (1997-2001)

– 1st place, national champion, Masters Division

– 220 pound weight class (age 77-81)

– 181 pound weight class (age 82) 2002

– 165 pound weight class (age 83-85) 2003-2005

– 181 pound weight class (age 85) 2006

set world record


Special Recognition

• Honorary Assistant Coach for National Champion LSU Tigers (’58)

• National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Honorary Membership (’70)

• All American Football Foundation Oustanding American Award (’00)

• Lifetime Achievement Award (’03)


Did You Know?

Anton Reel spoke no English when he arrived in New York City from his native Germany in 1929 but he excelled in school graduating from dental school in 1945. He is the first bodybuilder inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the oldest inductee at the time of induction (86).