Joseph J. Krueger founded the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and ran it as a labor of love for decades. Krueger's career was in public service, most notably as city treasurer of Milwaukee.
But, perhaps Krueger's biggest passion was the athletic world. He wrote about sports, including a book on the history of the World Series. Krueger convinced the State Senate to charter the Hall of Fame in 1951, making Wisconsin the first state to have its own Hall. He worked tirelessly on inductions, sponsorship of the ceremonies and banquets and plaques right up to his death.