In 2013 Karl, (at ceremony with friend Jason Watts), was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Karl was acknowledged for his involvement with U of A Football, Fiesta Bowl Founders and as original Phoenix Suns investor.
In 1988, The St. Louis Cardinals professional football team, began play in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium. Now known as The Arizona Cardinals, Karl and a group of Phoenix businessmen were responsible for putting together a deal with The Bidwill family (team owners) that allowed for the move to Arizona.
As a Phoenix Thunderbird (lifetime member) Karl presents a check to the 1986 winner from The Circle K Shootout.
In 1978 Karl was instrumental in getting the Pac 8 Conference to accept Arizona State University and University of Arizona from the Western Athletic Conference into theirs. Re-named the PAC 10, it has since evolved to the PAC 12 Conference.
Karl (middle, front) was one of the original Fiesta Bowl Founders. This group of men were the driving force to bring the game to Phoenix in 1971 and begin a new college football tradition.
As an original Fiesta Bowl Founder, Karl presents Fiesta Bowl game tickets to President Ronald Reagan.
A 1968 newspaper article announcing that three investors, one being Karl (middle) landed an NBA franchise that would begin play in Phoenix Arizona. This was the beginning of “The Phoenix Suns”.
In the late sixties, Karl was the lead investor in a group from Phoenix that brought the original Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team to Phoenix.
Karl played college football at The University of Arizona. In 1951 he graced the cover of the program for the Utah game. Notice how “Wilbur” the mascot has changed over the years.