Sitkan Herb Didrickson died on September 25. In 2012 the 91-year old Tlingit elder was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which called him the "Jim Thorpe" of Alaska, and the greatest athlete ever produced in the state.
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW | Nov 29, 2012 | Local News
Fans of Gold Medal Basketball in Southeast Alaska are hoping to see one of their greatest players named to Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Herb Didrickson played for Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka in the mid-1940s. He later dominated the Gold Medal tournament as a member of Sitka’s legendary Alaska Native Brotherhood team. But people who watched Didrickson play – and those who played against him – say he was far more than a regional standout. Nominating documents to the Hall of Fame refer to Didrickson as one of the finest basketball players ever.