The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
Inductees Archive


In addition to our previous induction classes, with the most recent classes grouped by year below, we are pleased to follow that with an alphabetical index of all others who have been inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in years past. Please click here  to view pictures and information on our 2013 induction class.

 

Our KAHF 2012 Induction Banquet was held on Thursday evening, June 7, 2012,  at The Crowne Plaza, Louisville. Write-ups and photos from that event are posted here.

To learn more about our "Walls of Fame," click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Looking Back:

KAHF Class of 2011

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
Installs Its Class of 2011:
Rex Chapman, Bunny Daugherty, Artis Gilmore,
Ed Kallay, Jerry May, Phil Roof, and George Tinsley. 

   

The Long and Short of It . . .

           . . . is that a good time was had by all of the festive crowd of 358 at Louisville's Crowne Plaza as we gathered to dine and honor the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.  Artis Gilmore (right) endeared himself to Kentuckians as a legendary member of the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. Gilmore (7-foot-2, more like 7-foot-8 when he laced up his shoes and combed out his Afro) teamed with such greats as previous KAHF inductees Dan Issel and Louie Dampier to lead the Colonels to the 1975 ABA championship.       -- Jim Reed Photo 
(Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up by Mark Story.)  

 

The city was dubbed "Rex-ington" . . .

             . . . when Rex Chapman attained rock star status for the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While a lifelong Louisville Cardinals basketball fan, Chapman recalls that, when he visited the campus and facilities, U of L "felt like a commuter school," so "King Rex" ultimately chose blue over red, and UK landed the highly recruited prospect out of Owensboro Apollo High School. One of seven inductees into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 on June 8th, Chapman was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and played 12 seasons in the NBA.                                 -- Jim Reed Photo 
(Click here for more photos and our in-depth program
write-up by Mark Story of The Lexington Herald.)

  
 

Read about our concurrent recognition of the

Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center
2011 High School Athletes of the Year

Click here.

 

Kentuckians pride ourselves in our state’s diversity . . .

           . . .  but one interest ties us all together, whether we’re from the hills and hollows of the Cumberland Plateau, the rolling meadows of the Bluegrass, or the flood plains and wetlands of Kentucky’s western tip: It’s our enduring love of one very special sport. We dabble in all manner of organized contest, of course, but the abiding fidelity that both unites and divides Kentuckians of all ages is basketball. In the Bluegrass State, we quickly develop lifelong loyalties to our high school and college teams, and we have a rich and fabled heritage to support our teams, our dreams and our aspirations.

It begins early as barefoot farm kids and city street urchins alike engage in pickup games on outdoor courts or face the goal alone and dream of hitting the winning shot as the game clock ticks down. While the best of the crop hit the courts in organized contests, coached to hit the open man on the give-and-go, the majority of us become ardent and vocal spectators, fans for life. By early adulthood, fierce team allegiances have been formed that have no equal in politics or other partisan pursuits. Our love of the sport transcends those lines that otherwise divide us and brings the faithful together from all walks of life to cheer and fret as we pit this year’s home team against all comers. Basketball is an institution in Kentucky.

It’s no wonder then that most of our Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011 inductees made their mark in the world of hoops. Basketball is in our blood, and we root for the home team.

 

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
presents the Class of 2011:

Rex Chapman was one of the most electrifying basketball players in the history of the Commonwealth. He played two years at the University of Kentucky and had a 12 year NBA career. In 1998, Chapman became the first draft choice ever by the expansion Charlotte Hornets. During his pro career, Rex averaged 14.6 points and 2.7 assists.
(Click here for photos and our in-depth program write-up by Mark Story of The Lexington Herald.)

 

 

Bunny Daugherty was more than just a coach. She was a team player in trying to better things for young girls across Kentucky. Every girl who has played sports in Kentucky owes a small debt of gratitude to Daugherty, say two of her former players at Sacred Heart. In her 49 years in athletics, she coached 200-plus seasons, including 40 of basketball, 37 of field hockey and volleyball, 25 of track, golf and tennis, as well as 10 each of gymnastics and swimming. The coach won 13 state titles in basketball, golf, tennis and field hockey.
             (Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up by Jennifer Smith)

 

Artis Gilmore shocked the basketball establishment by shunning the NBA to sign with the Kentucky Colonels of the renegade ABA in 1971. By the time he left the Commonwealth, Gilmore had teamed with Dan Issel and sharp-shooting guard Louie Dampier to lead the Kentucky Colonels to the 1975 ABA Championship. Gilmore went into the NBA, first with the Bulls, then the Spurs and briefly the Celtics, and averaged a double-double (points and rebounds) in eight of his first nine years in the league.
(Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up by Mark Story)

 

 

 

In three decades as a beloved Louisville TV and radio personality, Ed Kallay was truly a jack-of-all-trades. He became the first television sports broadcaster in the state of Kentucky when he signed on with WAVE in 1948. During his career he did play-by-play for Louisville Colonels baseball, University of Louisville football and basketball, Kentucky Colonels ABA basketball, Louisville Blades ice hockey and the annual Male-Manual football game on Thanksgiving Day.
            (Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up by Connie Leonard)

 

Jerry May suffered a hip injury during a pickup basketball game and was so fascinated by the treatment he thought preventing injuries was something he would like to do. When he graduated from Valley High School in1970, athletic trainers were not commonly a part of sports teams. Sports medicine, as it is called today, wasn’t really part of the curriculum back then, so May  earned a Master’s degree in physical education. May was also among a group of professionals who pushed for a doctor to be on site at all high school football games.
  (Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up by Paul Rogers)

 

 

From Phil Roof’s days playing at tiny Paducah St. John High School in the 1950s to 15 years as a major-league catcher to more than 30 years as a coach and manager at various levels, Roof has been a student and teacher of the national pastime. When his playing career ended in 1977, the doors opened to become a Major League coach and minor-league manager, working eight seasons as a coach with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Chicago Cubs. Fifteen seasons as a minor-league manager in the Twins’ system—compiling a 1,040-971 record, earning Pacific Coast League’s "Manager of the Year" in 2000, and guiding Minnesota’s Triple-A teams to post-season play in four out of nine years.
  (Click here for more photos and our in-depth program write-up.)

 

At Kentucky Wesleyan, George Tinsley helped the Panthers reach the championship game of the NCAA’s Division II tournament all four years, winning the title in 1966, ’68 and ’69, and finishing as the runner-up in ’67. He was named an All-American in 1968 and ’69. He was named to the NCAA Division II’s 50th anniversary team, along with such players as Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Jerry Sloan. He also was picked as an alternate on the ’68 U.S. Olympic team. Tinsley was drafted by the Oakland Oaks of the ABA in 1969 and played four seasons with the Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians, Kentucky Colonels and the New York Nets.
(Click here for more photos and an in-depth write-up by Bob White, The Courier-Journal.)

 


The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011
, inducted on June 8 at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. (Seated, l-r) Judy Holiday, representing her sister Bunny Daugherty, Artis Gilmore, George Tinsley, Kaelin Rybak, representing her father, Ed Kallay. (Standing, l-r) KAHF President Jim Ellis, Jerry May, Rex Chapman, Phil Roof, high school athletes of the year, Sara Hammond and DeVante Parker, and event emcee Dick Gabriel.


2011 Induction Banquet
A great crowd was on hand to cheer as we honored the Class of 2011,
the newest members of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The event was held on
the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in the
Crown
e Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel,
830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209
 

About Kosair Charities
 
Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission: helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of the health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $180 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities is also the largest beneficiary to Kosair Children's Hospital.

 


 

Looking Back:

KAHF Class of 2010

 

 

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Inducts Class of 2010

 

 

Racing great and two-time winner of NASCAR's Daytona 500 Michael Waltrip takes time from the crowd pressing for autographs to share the moment with his daughter Macy during induction ceremonies for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.    -- KAHF Photo by Jim Reed

 

 

 

University of Kentucky basketball All-American Mike Pratt, former University of Louisville quarterback Jeff Brohm and NASCAR owner/driver Michael Waltrip were  among eight individuals inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

The Class of 2010 also includes SEC football pioneer Wilbur Hackett, longtime Campbellsville women’s basketball coach Donna Wise, Western Kentucky All-America basketball player Lillie Mason, former UK offensive lineman Dan Neal, and golf trick-shot artist Buddy Demling.

Honored before a record crowd at the annual Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville were these inductees:  

Jeff Brohm
Brohm ranks among the University of Louisville’s all-time leaders for passing yards, touchdown pas
ses, completions, total offense and completion percentage, leading the Cardinals to victory in the 1993 Liberty Bowl. At Trinity High School, he was named “Mr. Football” for the state of Kentucky in 1988 after leading the Shamrocks to a state championship. He was also named the Kentucky High School Player of the decade for the 1980s. Brohm spent time with six different NFL teams, as well as the Orlando Rage of the XFL.

 Cornelius “Buddy” Demling
Demling is perhaps best known for his popular trick-shot exhibition, which he has performed more than700 times since 1964 at locations across the world. An accomplished player, Demling’s achievements include the 1957 and 1958 Kentucky PGA Assistants Championship; the 1987, 1988, and 1989 Kentucky Senior Open Championship and the 1989 and 2000 Kentucky PGA Senior Championship. He was Kentucky PGA Senior Player of the Year seven times.

 Wilbur Hackett
Hackett served as a pioneer of integration in SEC football, becoming the first African-American team captain in SEC history in 1969. He began his career playing with the freshman team, and later served as a three-year varsity starter, earning sophomore All-SEC honors in 1968. Hackett was also named The University of Kentucky’s co-Most Valuable Player as a senior and later served as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons. Hackett just completed his 12th season as an SEC football game official.

 Lillie Mason (Stockton)
A former Kentucky “Miss Basketball” from Olmstead High School, Mason is the all-time basketball scoring leader for Western Kentucky University, amassing 2,262 points in her four-year career. She is a three-time All-American, who set 19 WKU women’s basketball career, season and game records. Mason is the Lady Topper’s only Kodak All-American (1986), was twice named All-Sun Belt Conference, was the league’s 1986 Player of the Year and was named to three All-SBC tournament squads. She also was the NCAA 1985 Mideast and 1986 East Regional tournament MVP and helped lead the Lady Toppers to their first two NCAA tournament Final Four appearances, in 1985 and 1986.

 Dan Neal
Neal is a former University of Kentucky offensive lineman who was team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He spent 11 years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Colts: 11 years as a player, 15 years as a coach, for an overall 26 total years in the NFL. The Corbin, Kentucky, native was an 11th-round draft pick by the Colts and spent perhaps his best years playing for the Bears, from 1975-1983, when he spent time blocking for the great running back Walter Payton.

 Mike Pratt
Pratt helped lead the University of Kentucky to three SEC championships and two Elite Eight NCAA tournament appearances; Kentucky finished the regular season ranked No. 1 his senior season
. He was co-MVP of the 1970 team with Dan Issel.  He was a second-team All-American in 1970, and was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches (1969, 1970). Pratt also was named an Academic All-American in 1970. Pratt went on to play for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association and later coached on the college and NBA levels. Since 2002, Pratt has served as radio color analyst for UK men’s basketball games.

Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip, an Owensboro native, has won two Daytona 500s and four career races in the series now known as Sprint Cup. More than a decade ago, Waltrip established a family-owned NASCAR Nationwide Series team in Sherrills Ford, N.C., called Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). In 2007 when TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) entered competition in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, Waltrip developed a partnership with Toyota to field three full-time Toyota Camrys at the pinnacle of the sport while maintaining the integrity of his championship caliber Nationwide team. In the midst of building three NASCAR Sprint Cup teams from the ground floor, Waltrip commenced construction of a 140,000 sq. ft shop in which his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams with drivers Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann and Nationwide Series team with driver Trevor Bayne are housed today along with JTG-Daugherty’s No. 47 Toyota Camry driven by Marcos Ambrose.

Donna Wise
Longtime women’s basketball coach at Campbellsville University, Wise retired after her 32nd season at the school. Wise coached more than 650 wins for the Lady Tigers, nearly 71 percent of her games and is in the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame. She has coached 23 NAIA All-Americans and was herself named NAIA Coach of the Year three times and conference Coach of the Year seven times. Her teams played in 16 national tournaments, winning 17 regular season conference titles.

 

 

 

 


2010 Induction Banquet Held!

A record crowd of 630 was on hand to honor the  Class of 2010 of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza Louisville.

 

Read the write-up in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Kentucky.com here:

http://www.kentucky.com/2010/04/29/1243811/new-ky-hall-of-famers-didnt-see.html
 

 

Eight new members were inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Two high school athletes of the year were also recognized. (Front row, l-r) Cornelius "Buddy" Demling, Jackie Hafele, Donna Wise, Lillie Mason, Wilbur Hackett. (Standing, l-r) KAHF President Jim Ellis, Aaron Watts, Dan Neal, Michael Waltrip, Mike Pratt, Jeff Brohm and Master of Ceremonies Dick Gabriel.      -- KAHF Photo by Jim Reed

 


Looking Back:

KAHF Class of 2009

 

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Inducts Class of 2009

 

With beaming smiles and, at times, misty eyes, one by one, inductees of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2009 or their representatives spoke to the banquet crowd of some 450 people Wednesday evening, April 29, at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza hotel.  The careers of eight Kentucky athletic standouts were celebrated along with recognition of the bright promise of the two Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year. Proceeds from the event benefit Kosair Charities.

Following lavish, big screen, video introductions, honorees came to the Grand Ballroom lectern to accept the recognition of enduring legacies and to share reminiscences of days gone by. Amid personal glimpses and nostalgic recollections, each celebrant was quick to acknowledge the collective effort of team mates, colleagues, friends and family that made their individual success possible.

Joining 225 Kentucky sports-related inductees from previous years — ball players, boxers, jockeys, coaches, trainers, sports writers, broadcast announcers and other sports figures — whose achievements are denoted in brass plaques affixed in the corridors of Louisville’s Freedom Hall arena, the Class of 2009 has eight inductees: Shelby County star and University of Kentucky basketball standout, the late Mike Casey; Kentucky State scoring sensation (compiling 4,045 points) Travis “The Machine” Grant;   founder of Louisville Golf Co. and owner of Persimmon Ridge Golf Course, the late Elmore Just; University of Kentucky basketball star Patti Jo Hedges-Ward; legendary Clay County High School coach Bobby Keith; champion swimmer and Louisville St. Xavier High School coach Marty O’Toole; influential sports figure and minor league baseball power broker, Dan Ulmer; and award winning turf writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Maryjean Wall.

In addition, two Louisville students, Iroquois High School’s Adia Mathies and Trinity High School’s Jordan Whiting were honored as the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during the festivities. A varsity starter for the Lady Raiders as a sixth grader, and recently named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball, Mathies is a UK signee. Named to three first-team All-America teams as a senior, Whiting is not only a football linebacker, but also helped Trinity win state titles in wrestling, power lifting, and track and field. For more on the students, click on HS Spotlight.

—  Jim Reed      .

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2009

(Seated, L-R) Lawren Just (accepting for Elmore Just), Travis Grant, Patti Jo Hedges-Ward, Dan Ulmer, Maryjean Wall,  (Standing, L-R) Emcee Dick Gabriel, Jordan Whiting, Marty O'Toole, Laura Casey Lake (accepting for Mike Casey), Bobby Keith, Adia Mathies, KAHF president Jim Ellis.

Click here to see
  2009 photos
from this year's
induction banquet!


 2009 KAHF Inductees

 Mike Casey led Shelby County to the 1966 boys’ state basketball tournament title and was named the 1966 Mr. Basketball. He was the leading scorer at the University of Kentucky as a sophomore from 1967 to 1968, averaging 20 points per game. He missed the1969-1970 season after breaking a leg in a car accident, but returned in 1970 and finished UK with 1,535 points, making him the 13th all-time scorer in UK history. News Update: Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that Mike Casey died April 9, 2009.  Casey had been hospitalized in Nashville since January, awaiting a heart transplant. The high school legend and UK star was 60.
More information from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 

 

Travis Grant set a career college scoring record (more than 4,000 points) playing basketball at Kentucky State University. He also spent more than one season with the Los Angeles Lakers and more than two seasons in the American Basketball Association, where he averaged 25.2 points per game for San Diego from 1974 to 1975.

 

 

 A graduate of Louisville’s Western High School, Patti Jo Hedges-Ward was a starting point guard for the University of Kentucky’s only Southeastern Conference (SEC) women’s basketball championship team. She was an All-SEC performer, a gold medalist and a member of the 1983 Pan Am team.

 

 

 Elmore Just was a golfer at Flaget High School and Bellarmine University where he captained the college’s undefeated team that went to the National College Athletic Association tournament. He championed at three golf clubs, founded Persimmon Ridge Golf Course and founded the Louisville Golf Club Company.

 

 

 

Bobby Keith is a former Clay County High School basketball coach who led the team to a state championship in 1987 and runners-up positions in 1985 and 1988. His teams have won 14 regional championships and no other coach has taken more teams to the Sweet 16. Under Keith’s leadership, the team has claimed 767 victories and only 125 losses.

 

 

 

A 1957 graduate of St. Xavier High School, Marty O’Toole was a four-time All-American and the first swimmer to win four state championships in the same event – the 100-yard breaststroke – making Kentucky high school sports history. After attending Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame, O’Toole returned to St. Xavier. He coached the Tigers for two years in the early 1970s, then returned as head coach in 1989, directing St. Xavier to state titles the past 20 seasons. He has coached 23 swimmers to 49 individual state championships, along with 37 relay state titles. They’ve set 16 state records and two national records with 59 members earning All-American status.

 

 

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Minor League Baseball, Dan Ulmer successfully led the drive to bring minor league baseball back to Louisville and organized a slate of buyers to purchase the Redbirds from A. Ray Smith who wanted to move the franchise. He is chairman of the new arena construction committee and once ranked 3rd among the top ten minor league baseball power brokers.

 

 

Maryjean Wall is a pioneer among female sports journalists in the history of the Commonwealth. When she began covering horse racing for the Lexington Herald-Leader, she was one of the only women in America covering the beat. The three-time Eclipse Award-winner also won the John Hervey Award – a similar honor for writing about harness racing – three times.

 

  About Kosair Charities

 Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission: helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of the health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $180 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities is also the largest beneficiary to Kosair Children's Hospital.

# # #


 

Read the March announcement of the

Kentucky Farm Bureau
2009 High School Athletes of the Year

                          Click here.

 

 


Looking Back:

KAHF Class of 2008

KAHF Class of 2008 Inducted!

 

 

 

 

 

Jamal Mashburn Jr. looks way up to daddy as the former UK Wildcat basketball great addresses the crowd during his induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

The ceremonies were held at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in downtown Louisville, Wednesday evening, April 30. Staying close to dad all evening, the youngster left mama, grandma and sister, Taylor, at a nearby table and tagged along as "Mash" accepted membership in the KAHF Class of 2008.

 

The taller Mashburn revealed to the ceremonial banquet crowd that he'd had a special highlight reel made just for his son's benefit. All-SEC and an All-American while at UK, the sixth all-time leading scorer in UK History was a first-round NBA draft choice. During 11 seasons in the NBA, Mashburn had a career scoring average of 19 ppg.

 

 

A quick peek at the honorees of the Class of 2008 induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, held April 30. Seated L-R: Bob White, Joe Kendall's daughter, who accepted his posthumous award, Jaime Walz-Richey, Dale Lindsey and Jamal Mashburn. Standing, L-R: host Dick Gabriel, Emily Carbone, Joe Federspiel, Orlando "Tubby" Smith, William S. Farish, E.J. Fields, and host Jim Ellis.

 

Click here to see
  2008 photos
from that year's
induction banquet!

KAHF Class of 2008
 The induction was held Wednesday, April 30.

Jamal Mashburn, Tubby Smith
Among Inductees to the
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
 

Derby Week ceremony  benefits Kosair Charities


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 5, 2008) – Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith and player Jamal Mashburn are among the athletes, coaches and sports journalists included in the 2008 induction class of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

The KAHF today announced the 2008 Hall of Famers and plans for the induction ceremony which will take place Wednesday, April 30, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Other inductees will include thoroughbred owner and breeder Will Farish, University of Kentucky football and NFL player Joe Federspiel, Kentucky State University football player Joe Kendall, Western Kentucky University football and NFL player Dale Lindsey, WKU women’s basketball player Jaime Walz-Richey, and Courier-Journal sports writer Bob White.

During the induction ceremony, additional awards will be presented to the Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athlete of the Year for the top boy and girl prep athlete of 2007. The High School Athletes of the Year will be announced shortly.

“The Hall looks for accomplished sports figures whose achievements have brought positive recognition to Kentucky,” said Jim Ellis, president of KAHF. “This year’s class represents outstanding athletic accomplishments both in the Commonwealth and for the Commonwealth.”

KAHF’s Selection and Induction Committee, which includes sports writers, announcers and commentators, determined the inductees from among nominations submitted by the public.

Inductees will be honored at the Derby week induction ceremony, and their accomplishments will be highlighted in individual bronze plaques to be hung alongside those of previous KAHF inductees inside Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Prior inductees include Muhammad Ali, Denny Crum, Pat Day, Paul Hornung, Dan Issel, Mary T. Meagher, Tori Murden-McClure, Pee Wee Reese, Adolph Rupp, Phil Simms, Johnny Unitas, Secretariat and others.

All proceeds benefit Kosair Charities, which is the largest private financial supporter of Kosair Children’s Hospital, and has contributed nearly $110 million to support the medical care of thousands of children from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

“Many of our Kosair kids find pleasure and derive a sense of shared accomplishment through the lives of sports figures,” said Randy Coe, executive director of Kosair Charities. “When people who have excelled in athletics are admitted to the Hall of Fame, children of all ages share the excitement.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance is sponsor of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

 


 

A closer Look at our
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2008

 

William S. Farish
Owner of Lane’s End Farm.  United States Ambassador to Great Britain; Eclipse Award winner; owned or bred multiple graded stakes winners; has raced more than 140 stakes winners and bred more than 250 stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year  Mineshaft, the 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic and Champion Lemon Drop Kid; first breeder since A. J. Alexander in 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses (Charismatic and Lemon Drop Kid) who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in the same year; 1992 and 1999 Eclipse Award winner as the year's leading breeder.

 Joe Federspiel
All SEC and second team All-American linebacker at UK, where he played from 1969-1971.  DeSales graduate (All-State) who lives in Lexington.  Played 10 or more years in the NFL and is in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.  Also was a referee in the SEC.  Federspiel had the bad luck to be the best player on some very bad teams which went 7-25 during his tenure.  He was named to UK’s All-Century team in a 1990 vote by state newspapers.


Joe Kendall

From Owensboro, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this summer.  He was an All-American offensive back at Kentucky State in the 1930’s – could play all three positions (QB, HB, FB) and was the star of K-State’s undefeated mythical black national championship team.  Coached high school football in Harlan and Owensboro, and ran summer recreational programs in Owensboro inspiring the city to name a park for him.

 Dale Lindsey
Western Kentucky University; All-American, two-time All-OVC selection and 1993 inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame; played nine seasons for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns; went on to coach for six NFL teams, including the San Diego Chargers, whom he helped lead to the 1995 Super Bowl.

 

Jamal Mashburn
UK basketball All-SEC; All-American-led team to 1993 Final Four; 6th all-time leading scorer in UK history; helped restore UK basketball following probation; NBA career-(1st round draft pick); 11 seasons in NBA; career scoring average of 19 ppg; one of only six players since 1970 to have averaged at least 20 points per game in his final NBA season.

 

 

 Tubby Smith
Head basketball coach at UK from 1997-2007, coached Wildcats to 1998 NCAA championship. His teams won five SEC regular season championships and five SEC tournament titles.  His 2002-03 team won 26 straight games and was undefeated in SEC play, both regular season and tournament. Smith that year swept all 10 major Coach of the Year awards.

 

 
Jaime Walz-Richey
Highlands HS, WKU-state’s all-time leading scorer for boys and girls (4,948 points); Miss Basketball, national Gatorade high school Player of Year, 1996; ranked number one HS recruit in USA as senior; eight different organizations named her Kentucky Player of Year including the Associated Press and Courier-Journal;  AP Kentucky Female Athlete of Year in 1996; Sports Illustrated Athlete of Month in February in 1996; Four years at Western, All-Sun Belt in 2000, played in three NCAA tournaments.

 

 Bob White
Honorary Inductee - Known as “Mr. Kentucky High School Sports”, he has worked full-time for The Louisville Courier-Journal for 41 years, including the final 38 as the lead high school sports reporter.  A graduate of the University of Kentucky, White spent four months at the Cynthiana (Ky.) Democrat and a couple of years at the Cleveland (Tenn.) Banner before making his way to The C-J.  He is a member of the KHSAA Dawahare's Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, along with the Metro Area Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1991, White was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by National High School Coaches Association.

 


                             2008 Associated Event!
   In conjunction with our 2008 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies, a special event  recognized outstanding secondary school athletes. To read all about the 2008 Kentucky Farm Bureau
High School Athletes of the Year recognition, click here:  

  
Carbone and Fields Honored
               


Looking Back:

KAHF Class of 2007

 

Our KAHF Induction
Class of 2007

Cardinal Clansmen: Lloyd “Pappy” Redman (left) was a U of L center and linebacker in the mid ’40s. His son Bob lettered in football at the university in the late ’60s. They both were on hand to pay tribute to third generation Cardinal, Chris, who starred as U of L quarterback in the late ’90s. Chris Redman, an NFL veteran, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. The family reunion was to celebrate the Class of 2007 being inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on May 2.

The United States Marine Band from Parris Island, South Carolina, entertained a record 480 guests in the Archibald Cochran ballroom at the Galt House Hotel & Suites during the May 2 induction ceremony for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.                                 ------ Jim Reed Photos

Click here to view two dozen more of our 2007 banquet photos!

Secretariat's owner and avid Cats fan Penny Chenery was presented a UK basketball jersey by Kosair Charities executive director Randy Coe  while UK greats Tubby Smith and Dan Issel offered congratulations. Almost 500 people were in attendance for our 2007 KAHF induction ceremony.

 (Photo courtesy of MGM Photography)


Class of 2007 Honor Roll

The 2007 induction ceremony took place MAY 2, 2007, at The Galt House Hotel & Suites. For the first time, the celebratory banquet was an official event of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Here is the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2007:

MYRA VAN HOOSE BLACKWELDER
Class of 2007

Winner of the Kentucky PGA junior title three straight times, Blackwelder won four straight high school state tournament individual titles at Lafayette. She was the first female athlete awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky. While at UK, Blackwelder won 10 college invitational tournament championships. She was the Kentucky Women’s State Golf Association champ in 1975 and ’76.  Blackwelder played 14 years on the LPGA tour, where she was named 1980 Rookie of Year.

TIM COUCH
Class of 2007
An All-Stater at Leslie County as well as Mr. Football, Couch was an All-American at the University of Kentucky, where he became UK’s all-time leading passer. He led the Wildcats to the Outback Bowl after the 1998 season, when he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. In 1999, Couch became the first UK player ever chosen with the 1st pick in the NFL draft, when he was selected by the Cleveland Browns.

CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES
Class of 2007
The Paducah native coached 47 years at Winston-Salem State University, compiling an 828-447 record. In 1967, his team won the NCAA Championship with a 31-1 record, becoming the first predominantly black school to win an NCAA Division II title. When he retired from coaching in 1993, he was 6th all-time in coaching victories for any NCAA school.

Bill "MR. WILDCAT" KEIGHTLEY
Class of 2007

One of the great fixtures in University of Kentucky basketball, Keightley began his career as UK Equipment Manager in 1962.  He is the only person in the history of the program to work for Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Eddie Sutton, Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith. Affectionately known as “Mr. Wildcat,”  UK honored Keightley in 1997 with a retired jersey in his honor.

RON KORDES
Class of 2007
As the Assumption High School volleyball coach, Kordes built perhaps the greatest high school sports dynasty in Kentucky. After Kordes arrived in 1988, Assumption became one of the top national volleyball powers. Kordes led Assumption to 13 state titles in a 15-year span, including two national titles during that time. More than 20 of Kordes’ players have received scholarships.

JEFF MULLINS
Class of 2007
A graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Mullins was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1960. He went on to become an All-American at Duke, which retired his number. Mullins was a member of the 1964 Olympic gold medal team, and was chosen fifth overall in the NBA draft. He spent 13 years in the NBA with St. Louis and San Francisco/Golden State and was named an NBA All-Star three-times. Mullins also coached North Carolina-Charlotte from 1985-96.

CHRIS REDMAN
Class of 2007
An All-Stater at Louisville Male High School, Redman was named a Parade All-American and the national high school offensive Player of the Year.  He set passing records at U of L; his career total of 12,541 yards was 3rd-highest in Division I history. Redman won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s top senior quarterback. He was the first U of L quarterback to lead the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl appearances. Redman spent 5 seasons in the NFL.

KENNY "SKY WALKER" WALKER
Class of 2007
The number 2 scorer in UK men’s basketball history at the time of his induction, Walker was a 2-time All-American who helped lead the Wildcats to the 1984 Final Four. He spent 7 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and the Washington Bullets, winning the Slam Dunk contest at the 1989 All-Star game. Walker also played professionally in Europe and Japan.

SECRETARIAT "BIG RED"
Class of 2007
Arguably the greatest thoroughbred of the modern era, “Big Red” was the 1973 Triple Crown winner, the first racing had seen in 25 years. A son of the great Bold Ruler, Secretariat set a Kentucky Derby record with the first sub-two minute time in the history of the race, winning in 1:59 2/5. Secretariat ran each Derby quarter-mile faster than the one before it.   He also went on to set records in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.


 

Class of 2006 Honor Roll

The 2006 induction ceremony took place October 11, 2006, at The Galt House Hotel & Suites. For the first time, a company was inducted, along with seven individuals. Here is the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2006:

DOUG FLYNN
Class of 2006
Major league infielder from 1975 through 1984 for five teams including the Cincinnati Reds world champions of 1975-76, known as the “Big Red Machine.” Won a Gold Glove for his defensive prowess at second base with the New York Mets in 1980. Also played for the Rangers, Expos and Tigers.

JENNY HANSEN
Class of 2006
The NCAA names Hansen, a 13-time All-American, its most outstanding Gymnast over the past 25 years in NCAA championship competition… Won eight NCAA gymnastics individual championships… The first and only woman to win three straight NCAA all-around titles.  Top women’s amateur athlete in the nation in 1994.

CLEMETTE HASKINS
Class of 2006
Helped lead the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers to a pair of NCAA Final Four Appearances while earning All-American recognition three times… Record holder for assists in a career, season and game ranks fourth on Western’s all-time scoring list with 1,762 points, and also owns school records for both career and season steals.

HILLERICH AND BRADSBY
Class of 2006
“Louisville Slugger” is one of the most recognized brand names in the world… Legendary players such as Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams swung Louisville Sluggers, as well as thousands of past, current and future stars… Hillerich family company opened in 1855… Salesman Frank Bradsby became a partner in 1916…. Since then the company has produced not only wood bats, but metal bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks.

ALLAN HOUSTON
Class of 2006
One of the greatest players in the history of Kentucky high school basketball, he led Louisville Ballard to the 1988 Sweet 16 title… still the all-time leading scorer at his college alma mater, Tennessee… 12-year NBA veteran, named to the All-Star team in 2000 and 2001… Retired from the league with a 17.3 career scoring average.

TOM JURICH
Class of 2006
Oversaw U of L’s historic move to the Big East Conference… Hired football coach Bobby Petrino and basketball coach Rick Pitino… Guided U of L through the steps toward achieving gender equity, upgrading funding and support staff for existing women’s… Force behind extensive expansion in on-campus athletic facilities.

PAT RILEY
Class of 2006
All-American at the University of Kentucky, a member of “Rupp’s Runts,” who lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA championship game… Considered one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time… Coached five championship teams, an assistant to another, and played for one, bringing his total to seven championships overall.

BOB SCHNEIDER
Class of 2006
In 2005 became the winning coach in Kentucky high school football history… Coached Newport Central Catholic to state championship that year… Took over as head coach in 1966… His Mustang teams never encountered a losing record from 1974 through 1997… Also coached NewCath to the state championship game on four other occasions.

 


 

Class of 2005 Honor Roll

The 2005 induction ceremony took place September 15, 2005, at The Galt House Hotel & Suites. For the first time, an entire team was inducted, along with seven individual nominees. Here is the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005:

1975 KENTUCKY COLONELS
Class of 2005
The 1975 Kentucky Colonels, who this year mark the 30th anniversary of their American Basketball Association championship, are being inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame — as a team! The 1974-75 Kentucky Colonels, which gave Louisville its only major-league sports championship, was coached by Hubie Brown and Stan Albeck. The 10 players were Bird Averitt, Louie Dampier, Artis Gilmore, Dan Issel, Wilbert Jones, Gene Littles, Ted McClain, Marvin Roberts, Ron Thomas and the late Jim Bradley.

DR. BOB DAVIS
Class of 2005
Bob might not have played basketball at Georgetown College, but he certainly did his share of coaching there. For 20 years he coached basketball, taking eight teams to the NAIA tournaments. In 1959 he was chosen Coach of the Year in the NAIA. Davis went to Auburn in 1973 where, over a five-season span, he had a record of 70-61.

WOODIE FRYMAN
Class of 2005
Woodie, a left-hander from Fleming County, Ky. pitched for five teams during his 18 year major league baseball career with the Pirates, Phillies, Tigers, Expos and Reds. He appeared in 625 games before retiring in 1983. Fryman pitched 68 complete games, 27 shutouts and three-one hitters.

D. WAYNE LUKAS
Class of 2005
This top thoroughbred trainer has four Kentucky Derby winners and four Kentucky Oaks winners credited to his name, as well as the record over the past 24 years for entering 42 horses into the Kentucky Derby. He has won 13 Triple Crown races and, in 1995, became the only trainer to win all three Triple Crown races in the same year with two different horses.

GREG PAGE
Class of 2005
Page was national Amateur Athletic Union heavyweight champion in 1977 and 1978 and won the World Boxing Association Heavyweight title at age 26. Page’s professional record of 58-16-1 ended at age 42, after he suffered permanent brain damage during a match in Erlanger, Kentucky.

ADRIAN SMITH
Class of 2005
Smith was a starting guard for the University of Kentucky Wildcats during the 1957-58 season, averaging 12.4 points, in winning the NCAA basketball championship. A leading player in the 1960 Olympic Games, Smith also played on the Pan-American Games team. He played for 8-½ years with Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Royals, where he was the MVP of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game.

ART STILL
Class of 2005
Art was a defensive end for the 1977 University of Kentucky football team and led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking, a feat no Wildcats football team has since matched. He was the second choice in the 1978 NFL draft and played for Kansas City. He was the Chiefs’ MVP in 1980 and 1984 and a four time Pro Bowl selection with the team’s third highest number of sacks — 72-½.

DEJUAN WHEAT
Class of 2005
A 1992 All-State guard, DeJuan Wheat went on to the University of Louisville to be the first player in NCAA history to total more than 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. Wheat led the Cardinals to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was a second round pick in the 1997 NBA draft and played briefly for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Vancouver Grizzlies.


Alphabetical Honor Roll of All Other Years:
With Plaque Inscriptions


W. A. ALEXANDER
Inducted 1963

Born at a community center known as Mud River, Ky., "Bill"
Alexander became nationally famous as football coach and
Athletic Director at Georgia Tech. In 25 years as head coach,
1920 through 1944, he won 131 games, lost 93, went to five
bowls, and became known as "Mr. Football Brain."

MUHAMMAD ALI
Inducted 1985
Only three-time heavy weight boxing champion in history. Ali
became best-known athlete in world. Born Cassius Clay, Jr.
in Louisville, he adopted Muslim religion and changed his
name after winning title in 1964. Stripped of title because of
refusal to be drafted, he regained it in 1974, lost it again in
1978 but won it back before retiring. Career record of 56-5.
The self-proclaimed "Greatest of all-time" was known for
style of "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

EDDIE ARCARO
Inducted 1987

Native of Newport, Kentucky who ranks as one of the greatest
thoroughbred jockeys of all time. His five Kentucky Derby
winners include two that went on to win the Triple Crown. In
1958, he was named to the National Racing Hall of Fame in
Saratoga, New York. Nicknamed "Heady Eddie", Arcaro had
more wins than any rider in history when he retired in 1962.

BILL ARNSPARGER
Inducted 1995
The native of Paris had a long and distinguished coaching
career in both college and pro ranks. Known as defensive
genius, he was the architect of the Miami Dolphins "No
Name" defense, who won back to back NFL titles.

RAYMOND T. BAER
Inducted 1966
A great humanitarian, Ray spent his adult years helping the
underprivileged. A 3-sport star at Manual, he became one of
the Big Ten's all-time great stars at Michigan. Born in
Louisville, May 7, 1905, Ray coached with distinction at
Manual and St. Xavier. He became Jefferson County's first
recreation director.

EROS B. (CY) BARGER
Inducted 1966
Born in Jamestown, Ky., May 13, 1885, Cy became famous
as the most effective pitcher-batter in organized baseball.
After starring at Kentucky University, he joined the New York
Yankees in 1905, and later played for Brooklyn, Pittsburgh,
and Louisville. His major league batting average was .275,
best ever for a pitcher.

CLIFF BARKER
Inducted 1995
A member of the University of Kentucky basketball team
known as "The Fabulous Five" that won NCAA championships
in 1948 and 1949. Known as a ball handling magician, Barker
was a member of the U.S. gold medal Olympic team of 1948.

MIKE BARRY
Inducted 1992
A sportswriter in Kentucky for more than half a century,
Barry was best known for his witty writing about horse racing
and golf. He saw his first Kentucky Derby in 1922 and
covered most of them thereafter until his death in 1992.

JAMES E. "TED" BASSETT, III
Inducted 1995
As President of Keeneland from 1970-1986, Bassett became
one of thoroughbred racing's most influential executives. He
also was instrumental in building the Breeders' Cup into an
international success.

ALFRED "BUTCH" BEARD
Inducted 1988
Led Breckinridge County High in the 1965 state tournament
championship. The 6-foot-3 guard played his college ball at
the University of Louisville, averaging 19 points for Cardinal
teams that had a combined 65-18 record. Named to the
1968-1969 Helms Foundation All-American team. Enjoyed a
10-year pro career, and now a pro coach.

FRANK BEARD
Inducted 1985
Frank won 11 tournaments and more than $1 million in
almost 20 years on PGA golf tour. Victories include
Tournament of Champions, Westchester Classic and
American Golf Classic. Best year was 1969, when he won
twice, was tour's leading money-winner with $175,224, and
co-authored with Dick Schaap a best-selling book. Member
of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1969 and '71. Graduate of
Louisville St. Xavier High and University of Florida.

RALPH BEARD
Inducted 1985
All-American guard and fiery leader of coach Adolph Rupp's
famed University of Kentucky basketball team known as
"The Fabulous Five" that won NCAA championships in
1948 and '49. Was member of the U.S. gold medal
Olympic team of 1948 and later made the NBA All-Star
team with the Indianapolis Olympians. At Louisville Male
High, Ralph starred in basketball, football, baseball
and track. Was known for speed, hustle, and fierce
competitiveness.

DAVID RUSSELL "GUS" BELL
Inducted 1988
A left-handed power hitter, the Louisville native hit 206 home
runs and batted .281 during a 14-year big-league career. With
the Reds from 1953-1961, Bell made the National League All-
Star team four times. A member of the Reds' Hall of Fame
since 1964, Bell and son Buddy are closing in on the big league
record for most homers by a father and son.

TOMMY BELL
Inducted 1986
The best-known referee in National Football League history,
Tommy headed the crews for Super Bowls III (1969) and VII
(1973). Only man to referee in both a Super Bowl and an
NCAA Final Four (1959). The Lexington attorney was a
popular speaker and devoted member of the University of
Kentucky athletics board.

MYRA VAN HOOSE BLACKWELDER
Inducted 2007

Winner of the Kentucky PGA junior title three straight times,
Blackwelder won four straight high school state tournament
individual titles at Lafayette. She was the first female athlete
awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
While at UK, Blackwelder won 10 college invitational tournament
 championships. She was the Kentucky Women’s State Golf
Association champ in 1975 and ’76.  Blackwelder played 14 years
 on the LPGA tour, where she was named 1980 Rookie of Year.

GEORGE BLANDA
Inducted 1998
After playing quarterback for Coach Paul Bryant at University
of Kentucky from 1946-1948, Blanda achieved his greatest
fame in professional football. From 1949-1975, he was a
quarterback-place kicker in both the NFL and AFL. While
playing for the Chicago Bears (1949-1957), Houston Oilers
(1960-1966) and Oakland Raiders (1967-1975), Blanda
established professional records for points (2002) and
games (340).

JIM BOLUS
Inducted 1998
This outstanding Louisville native, an all-state center at Male
High (1960), became best known as the world's leading historian
on the Kentucky Derby. He wrote seven books about
the Derby and was curator of the Kentucky Derby Museum.
In his 23 year career with Louisville newspapers, Bolus won
several national awards for his coverage of horse racing.

ROY BOWLING
Inducted 2003
He guided Laurel County High School to 403 victories and 4
state high school basketball championships in 15 years. His
teams won 8 regional and 11 district championships from
1974-1989. Including 5 years at Mercy Academy in
Louisville, his overall record was 483-115. He was one of the
first coaches to commit to women's athletics.

ULYSSES "JUNIOR" BRIDGEMAN
Inducted 1992
Playing both guard and forward, Bridgeman led the
University of Louisville to the 1975 Final Four. He went on to
a 12 year career in the NBA, averaging 13.6 points for the
Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He also served
as President of the NBA Players Association.

JOHN Y. BROWN & ELLIE BROWN MOORE
Inducted 1998
In the early 1970's, this couple purchased a majority interest
in the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and saved professional
basketball for Louisville. During their tenure, the Colonels
won their only ABA championship in 1975. After the couple's
divorce in 1976, John Y. went on to become Governor of
Kentucky (1979-1983). With the Colonels, Ellie presided
over an all female board of directors (a first in American
sports).

GAY BREWER
Inducted 2000
This graduate of Lafayette High School and the University of
Kentucky reached the pinnacle of the golf world in 1967
where he won the Masters. Brewer turned pro in 1956 and
won 10 PGA tour events. He played on Ryder Cup teams of
1967 and 1991, and in 1992 received the Ben Hogan award
for courage.

DON BRUMFIELD
Inducted 1997
In a 35 year riding career, this native of Nicholasville rode
4,573 winners. Best known for 1966 Kentucky Derby victory
aboard Kauai King. He won 16 riding titles at Churchill
Downs, 12 at Keeneland and was inducted into the National
Thoroughbred Hall of Fame in 1996.

PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT
Inducted 1988
The winningest coach in college football history, Bryant had
a 323-85-17 record (.780) at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas
A&M and Alabama. His 60-23-5 record in eight years at UK
(1945-53) included trips to the Cotton, Orange, and Sugar
Bowls. His best Wildcat team had a 10-1 record in 1950
before ending Oklahoma's 31-game winning streak with a
13-7 victory in the Sugar Bowl.

DOUG BUFFONE
Inducted 2004
A four-year starter and an All-American in 1965 for the
University of Louisville, Buffone enjoyed a 14-year career
with the Chicago Bears in the NFL. He set the NFL record
for linebackers by playing in 142 straight games. Buffone
shares Bears' career interceptions record of 22 with Dick
Butkus.

JIM BUNNING
Inducted 1986
A strikeout king for 17 big-league seasons with Philadelphia,
Detroit and Pittsburgh, the right-hander pitched a no-hitter in
both National and American Leagues. His 224-184 record
included a perfect game for Philadelphia in 1964. The native
of Southgate won 20 games once, 19 four times and retired
with 2,855 strikeouts.


Hall of Fame Members
Plaque Inscriptions (continued)

FRANK CAMP
Inducted 1975
Guided the University of Louisville into major football as
head coach for 23 years. The former Transylvania University
quarterback's UL teams won 118, lost 96 and tied 2. His
1957 squad went 9-1, with a Sun Bowl victory over Drake. At
UL he coached John Unitas, top quarterback of all time in
professional football.

RALPH CARLISLE
Inducted 1988
A brilliant basketball tactician, Carlisle won Boys State High
School Tournament championships at Lexington Lafayette
High in 1950, 1953, and 1957. In 24 years at Lafayette,
Highlands, Kavanaugh and Madison, Carlisle had a 488-144
record before retiring in 1962. As a player, Carlisle made All-
Southeastern Conference for Adolph Rupp at Kentucky.

NAT. J. CARTMELL
Inducted 1963
Cartmell enjoyed one of the longest and most successful
careers on record in track. Started at DuPont Manual in 1902,
he ran second in two sprint events in the Olympics in 1904
and third and fourth in two events in the Games of 1908. He
retired in 1912 and became more famous as a college coach.

STEVE CAUTHEN
Inducted 1999
A native of Walton, Cauthen was 18 when he won the 1978
Triple Crown aboard Affirmed, the youngest jockey to win
thoroughbred racing's biggest prize. When he retired in
1992, he had 2,794 wins in a 16 year career that included
13 years in Europe. He was inducted into the Racing Hall of
Fame in 1994.

A. B. "HAPPY" CHANDLER
Inducted 1963
This native of Corydon, Kentucky served as Commissioner
of Baseball from 1945 through 1950. During his regime the
game reached its highest peak of popularity with 59 minor
leagues operating successfully. New attendance records
were set by the minors four consecutive years while he was
at the helm.

JERRY CLAIBORNE
Inducted 1990
The Hopkinsville native had a 179-122-8 record in 28 years
as a head coach at Virginia Tech, Maryland and Kentucky. A
standout defensive back and honor student during his undergraduate
days at Kentucky, Claiborne strove for excellence
in both areas during his coaching career. In 1989, his UK
program has college football's highest graduation rate.

JACK COLEMAN
Inducted 1986
The native of Burgin was the star center for University of
Louisville's 1948 NAIB champions. An unselfish player, Jack
was known for his rebounding and defense. Went on to play
nine years (1949-58) with Rochester and St. Louis in the
National Basketball Association, where he belonged to two
championship teams.

KING KELLY COLEMAN
Inducted 2000
A scoring machine, Coleman scored 4,263 points in 127
games during his career at Wayland High School in Floyd
County. As a senior in 1956, Coleman scored 185 points in
four state tournament games including a record 68 vs. Bell
County. He went on to have a stellar career at Kentucky
Wesleyan and was a first round pick in the 1960 NBA draft.

BLANTON COLLIER
Inducted 1975
Successful football coach at Paris High School, the
University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns. Was head
coach of the Browns for seven years, winning 76, losing 34,
and tying 2. His Browns won the 1964 National Football
League Championship and three central division titles.

ALFRED "SONNY" COLLINS
Inducted 2002
A native of Madisonville, Collins was a blend of speed,
power, and elusiveness during his career at the University of
Kentucky (1972-1975). He gained 3,835 yards, a school
record that stood for decades. He also scored 26 touchdowns
and enjoyed 18 games with at least 100 yards rushing.
He was named to all Southeastern Conference teams in
1973-1975.

ANNE COMBS
Inducted 2003
One of the finest amateur female golfers in state history, this
native of Lexington was known for her accuracy and competitiveness.
Beginning her career at a young age, she won the
Women's State Amateur 5 times, the Marion Miley
Invitational 6 times, and dozens of other statewide tournaments.
She did much to promote the cause of women's golf.

EARLE COMBS
Inducted 1963
One of the most popular baseball players ever to wear a
Louisville Colonel uniform. He went up to the New York
Yankees and became an outfield fixture with a .325 lifetime
batting average, on teams known the world over. Played
under Miller Huggins, with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Born
at Pebworth in Owsley County. He attended Eastern
Kentucky College.

LARRY CONLEY
Inducted 1997
Known for his passing, ball handling and hustle, this 6 foot 3
native of Ashland was the floor leader of Kentucky's beloved
Rupp's Runts of 1965-66. Led Ashland High to 1961 state
title and 1962 runner up. Became nationally known as a
basketball analyst for ESPN.

P.J. "PATTI" COOKSEY
Inducted 2002
A pioneer female jockey, she won more than 2,000 races,
ranking her behind only Julie Krone on the national all-time
list. She was the second female to ride in the Kentucky
Derby (1984), and the first in the Preakness (1985). In 1986,
Cooksey became the first female to ride a stakes winner at
Churchill Downs, where she became the all-time leading
female jockey.

TIM COUCH
Inducted 2007
An All-Stater at Leslie County as well as Mr. Football,
Couch was an All-American at the University of Kentucky,
where he became UK’s all-time leading passer. He led the
Wildcats to the Outback Bowl after the 1998 season, when
he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. In 1999, Couch became

the first UK player ever chosen with the 1st pick in the NFL
draft, when he was selected by the Cleveland Browns.

DAVE COWENS
Inducted 1991
Known for his hustle and aggressiveness, this 6-foot-9
product of Newport Catholic High became one of the Boston
Celtics' most popular stars during a 10-year career that
began in 1970-71, when he was the NBA's Rookie of the
Year. In 1972-73, he was the league's Most Valuable Player,
averaging 20.5 points. A college star at Florida State,
Cowens was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame
in 1991.

EARL COX
Inducted 1997
In more than 40 years as a sports writer, this native of Irvine
was best known for his avid support of high school athletics.
As executive sports editor of Courier-Journal and Louisville
Times, he served as President of Associated Press Sports
Editors. Named Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year three times.

JOHNNY COX
Inducted 2001
After leading Hazard to the 1955 state high school
championship, Cox became an All-American at the University
of Kentucky. In the 1958 NCAA final in Freedom Hall,
he had 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated
Seattle 84-72. He was known for his sweeping hook shot
and one handed jumper from the top of the key.

WESLEY COX
Inducted 2001
One of the finest players in Louisville history, Cox was a star
on the 1975 Cardinal team that lost in overtime to UCLA in
the NCAA semi-finals. He came to the University of
Louisville from Male High School which he led to the state
tournament title as a sophomore in 1971. As a senior in
1973, he was chosen Kentucky's Mr. Basketball.

HOWARD CRITTENDEN
Inducted 2004
Crittenden was an outstanding guard and showman for one
of Kentucky's most colorful teams - the Cuba Cubs, 1952
state champions. He later starred for Murray State when he
was All-OVC three straight years. He scored 2,019 points in
his college career.

DENNY CRUM
Inducted 1997
This disciple of John Wooden coached the University of
Louisville to NCAA basketball titles in 1980 and 1986. He
was inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame in 1994. Coached U.S. Pan American team to a silver
medal in 1987. With more than 600 career victories, Crum
ranks among college game's all time winning coaches.

KEENE DAINGERFIELD
Inducted 1991
The most respected racing official in the nation. Daingerfield
was known for his honesty, integrity and wit. He became a
steward after working as a trainer from 1933-48 and serving
as secretary of the Kentucky State Racing Commission from
1949-52. He returned to Kentucky in 1973 from New Jersey
and served as senior steward at Churchill Downs and
Keeneland from then until his retirement in 1986.

LOUIE DAMPIER
Inducted 1990
Known affectionately as "Little Louie," the 6-foot guard was
regarded by Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp as the best
shooter he ever coached. As a college junior, he was a
mainstay of the beloved "Rupp's Runt" team that was 1966
NCAA tournament runner-up. During a 12-year pro career,
he became the ABA's all-time leading scorer while playing 9
years with the Kentucky Colonels.

DR. BOB DAVIS
Inducted 2005
Known for his intensity, the fiery Davis had a 553-275 record
in a 28-year college basketball coaching career at High Point,
N.C.; Georgetown College, and Auburn University. In 20 years
at Georgetown, he also coached football, baseball, and track
while winning 69.4 percent of his basketball games. He was
elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1984.

KENNY DAVIS
Inducted 2003
An All-State basketball star at Wayne County High School
and a Little All-American at Georgetown College, Davis will
always be remembered as captain of the 1972 U.S. Olympic
Team. That team lost a controversial 51-50 decision to the
Soviet Union in the gold medal game at Munich. He refused
to accept his silver medal on the grounds that his team had
been cheated.

DERMONTTI DAWSON
Inducted 2003
This graduate of Lexington Bryan Station High made football's
All-Southeastern Conference Team as a senior guard
for UK in 1987. A second round draft choice of the Pittsburgh
Steelers, he replaced the legendary Mike Webster at center
and had a 13-year pro career. He was named All-Pro 6 times
and played in 171 consecutive games for the Steelers.

PAT DAY
Inducted 2000
One of thoroughbred racing's all time top jockeys, Day
became the career leader in victories at both Keeneland and
Churchill Downs. He won the Kentucky Derby in 1992 aboard
Lil E. Tee. His numerous victories include such prestigious
races as Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Breeder's Cup
Classic. Day has won several Eclipse awards. Devoutly religious,
he has been an inspiration to those in his profession.

NICK DENES
Inducted 1975
Coached State High School champion teams in basketball
in Corbin in 1936, track at Louisville Male in 1942 and 1947
and football at Male in 1951. Western Kentucky University
football coach for 11 years, winning 57, losing 39, and tying 7.
His 1963 team was undefeated and won the Tangerine Bowl.

SAMUEL PAUL DERRINGER
Inducted 1964
A native of Springfield, Ky., Paul brought fame and honor to
his state as a major league baseball pitcher from 1931
through 1940. With the Cincinnati Reds 13 years, he had his
best year in 1939 when he won 25 and lost only 7. He won
20 or more games in each of four seasons.

EDGAR ALLEN DIDDLE
Inducted 1964
In 42 seasons at Western Kentucky State College, Diddle led
Hilltopper basketball teams to a 759-301 record, more wins at
one college than any other coach in the history of the game.
Waving his familiar red towel, Diddle produced both teams
and young men of which his state and nation can be proud.

JOHN DROMO
Inducted 1993
In 19 years as assistant basketball coach at University of
Louisville, he was known as one of the nation's great
recruiters. He had a 68-23 record as head coach (1967-71).
Also coached golf team for 37 years.

JIMMY ELLIS
Inducted 1989
Louisvillian Jimmy Ellis, who started boxing as a youngster
at the old Ferguson Youth Center, defeated Jerry Quarry for
the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on
April 27, 1968 and successfully defended the title against
Floyd Patterson. He retired in 1975 with a record of 40 wins
(24 by knockouts), and one draw and 12 losses in 53
professional bouts.

DR. RUDY ELLIS
Inducted 1994
Known mainly for his work as University of Louisville team
physician in both basketball and football. He also pioneered
a revolutionary medical program for high school sports in
Jefferson County.

SAM ENGLISH
Inducted 1993
A four-time Kentucky singles champion in tennis, he also
was one of sports most avid promoters. He helped Louisville
land a professional tournament in the 1970's and many other
national amateur events.

BILLY EVANS
Inducted 1988
An outstanding amateur tennis player, the native of Berea is
better known for his basketball achievements. He was a
starting guard on Kentucky's unbeaten 1953-54 team and
the captain of the next season's 23-3 team. His biggest
honor was being named captain of the 1956 U.S. Olympic
team that won the gold medal in Melbourne, Australia. Also
was a member of the 1958 U.S. team that won the gold in
the Pan-American games.

WILLIAM S. FARISH
Class of 2008
Owner of Lane’s End Farm. United States Ambassador to
Great Britain; Eclipse Award winner; owned or bred multiple
graded-stakes winners; has raced more than 140 stakes
winners and bred more than 250 stakes winners, including
the 2003 Horse of the Year, Mineshaft; the 1992 Horse of
the Year, A.P. Indy; 1999 Horse of the Year, Charismatic,
and Champion, Lemon Drop Kid; first breeder since
A.J. Alexander in 1980 to breed or co-breed two horses
(Charismatic and Lemon Drop Kid) who combined to win
the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in the
same year; 1992 and 1999 Eclipse Award winner as the
year’s leading breeder.

RICHIE FARMER
Inducted 2002
A legend at Clay County High and an "Unforgettable" at the
University of Kentucky, this 6-foot sharpshooter realized the
dream of many players from the Eastern Kentucky mountains.
He led Clay County to the 1987 state championship,
and scored a record 51 points in a loss in the '88 title game.
One of the most popular players in UK history, he and three
other seniors led UK to a near-upset of Duke in 1992 in the
NCAA tournament.

JOE FEDERSPIEL
Class of 2008

All-SEC and second-team All-American linebacker at the
University of Kentucky, where he played from 1969 to 1971.
DeSales graduate (All-State) who lives in Lexington. Played
10 or more years in the NFL and is in the New Orleans Saints
Hall of Fame. Also was a referee in the SEC. Federspiel
had the bad luck to be the best player on some very bad
teams which went 7-25 during his tenure. He was named to
UK’s All-Century team in a 1990 vote by the state newspapers.

DON FIGHTMASTER
Inducted 1996
After losing his left arm in a 1954 military jeep accident, the
Male High graduate won the national one-arm golf tournament
seven times and twice captured the World Championship.
He founded an annual charity tournament that has
raised more than one million dollars for handicapped children.

JIMMY FEIX
Inducted 2004
Feix spent more than four decades at Western Kentucky
University before retiring in 1990. As a quarterback, he led
WKU to its first OVC title in 1952; as a head coach from
1968-1983, he won or shared six OVC crowns. Upon his
retirement after six years as Athletic Director, WKU named
its football field in his honor.

DOUG FLYNN
Inducted 2006
Major league infielder from 1975 through 1984 for five teams
including the Cincinnati Reds world champions of 1975-76,
known as the “Big Red Machine.” Won a Gold Glove for his
defensive prowess at second base with the New York Mets
in 1980. Also played for the Rangers, Expos and Tigers.

WOODIE FRYMAN
Inducted 2005
Known as the “Fleming Flame,” this left-hander pitched for five
teams during his 18-year major league career. His career
record of 149-155 includes 68 complete games, 27 shutouts,
and three one-hitters. His career earned-run average was 3.77.

JOE FULKS
Inducted 1989
"Jumping Joe" Fulks may have done more to modernize
basketball than any player in the game's history as the pioneer
of the jump shot. The first superstar in NBA history is a
basketball Hall of Famer and member of the NBA's 10-man
Silver Anniversary team. From the Marshall County town of
Birmingham, now under Kentucky Lake, the 6-foot-5 former
Murray State star led the Philadelphia Warriors to the NBA's
first championship in 1947 as league MVP and leading
scorer. His 63 points in a 1949 game has been exceeded by
only four players in NBA history.

DWIGHT GAHM
Inducted 1999
A longtime golf enthusiast, Gahm and his sons built the
world-class Valhalla Golf club outside Louisville that enabled
the city to attract the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, and
other major events. (Valhalla, designed by Jack Nicklaus,
open in 1986). A graduate of Male High, Gahm played football
at Indiana University, where he was the MVP in 1940.

BOB GAIN
Inducted 1993
Regarded as one of the finest linemen in football history, this
University of Kentucky tackle won the Outland Trophy in
1950 and was a first team All-American in 1949 and 1950.
He enjoyed an outstanding 12 year pro career with the
Cleveland Browns.

CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES
Inducted 2007
The Paducah native coached 47 years at Winston-Salem State
University, compiling an 828-447 record. In 1967, his team
won the NCAA Championship with a 31-1 record, becoming
the first predominantly black school to win an NCAA Division II
title. When he retired from coaching in 1993, he was 6th
all-time in coaching victories for any NCAA school.

JOHN GAINES
Inducted 1992
A world famous breeder of thoroughbreds at his Gainesway
Farm in Lexington, Gaines is destined to be remembered as
the founding father of the Breeders Cup. He also was instrumental
in establishing the Kentucky Horse Park.

BILL GATTI
Inducted 2001
During his professional career with the Kentucky Bourbons
from 1977-83, Gatti became known as the Babe Ruth of softball.
He is credited with 1,937 home runs and 4,076 RBI's in
Amateur Softball Association competition. He is a member of
the ASA's National Hall of Fame. Gatti was a star football
and baseball player at the University of Louisville from
1966-70.

STELLA GILB
Inducted 1986
The first female inductee was an All-State basketball
player and all-sports athlete for the Lexington High Blue
Angels in the 1920s. A champion tennis player, Stella is
best known for establishing the Kentucky Association of Pep
Organization Sponsors to foster cheerleading in the
commonwealth.

LARRY GILBERT
Inducted 1998
A long-time club pro, Gilbert earned his greatest fame on the
PGA Senior Tour from 1993-1997, where he earned $3.2
million and won three tournaments, including the 1997
Senior Players Championship. He won the national club pro
championship in 1981, 1982 and 1991. He also won the
Kentucky Open three times and was runner-up four times.

JACK GIVENS
Inducted 1991
Known as "The Goose," the 6-foot-5 forward led the University
of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA championship as a
senior, scoring 41 points in the Wildcats' victory over Duke.
A smooth-shooting left-hander, Givens scored 2,038 points
in four varsity seasons, good for third place in school history
at the time of his graduation. He came to UK from Bryan
Station High in Lexington, which he twice led to the State
Tournament.

ROSCOE GOOSE
Inducted 1963
Born in Louisville, this little man with a big heart earned
world acclaim by riding Donerail to victory in the 1913
Kentucky Derby. Donerail paid $184.90, the longest odds
ever posted in the Derby. He added to his laurels in horse
racing by becoming a successful trainer, a keen judge of
horseflesh at yearling sales, and owner of many fine
thoroughbred racers.

JIM GREEN
Inducted 1997
One of the greatest sprinters in the state's history, Green
integrated the Southeastern Conference in track, won NCAA
sprint titles in the late 1960's and set or tied two world
records. As a senior at Eminence High, he won 100, 220 and
440 races at state track meet.

DARRELL GRIFFITH
Inducted 1996
This exciting 6-foot-3-inch leaper led University of Louisville's
"Doctors of Dunk" to the school's first NCAA title in 1980. His
honors included Mr. Basketball as a Male High senior in
1976, Wooden Award winner as nation's best player in 1980
and NBA Rookie of the Year in 1981.

GERI GRIGSBY
Inducted 1994
Kentucky's all-time leading scorer in high school basketball,
boys or girls, she scored 4,385 points in three years at
McDowell High. Her single game high was 81 points against
Feds Creek in 1975.

Hall of Fame Members
Plaque Inscriptions (continued)

ALEX GROZA
Inducted 1992
This 6-foot-7-inch center starred for the University of Kentucky's
"Fabulous Five" that won NCAA championships in 1948 and
1949. He also played for the 1948 U.S. gold medal Olympic
team, was an NBA star with the Indianapolis Olympians and
coached at Bellarmine College.

DON GULLETT
Inducted 1991
A native of Lynn, this left-handed pitcher posted a 109-50
record and a 3.11 earned-run average in nine major-league
seasons. He was the ace of the Cincinnati Reds' Big Red
Machine: in the 1970s compiling a 91-44 record from 1970
through '76. His 16-6 record in 1971 led the National League
in winning percentage. At McKell High in Greenup County,
Gullett set a state football scoring record in 1968 with 72
points.

JOE GUYON
Inducted 1986
Known as "Indian Joe," the halfback-tackle played with the
legendary Jim Thorpe on the Carlisle Indians, then went on
to become an All-American at Georgia Tech. A star in the
early days of pro football, he was elected to the sport's Hall of
Fame in 1966. Played pro baseball for the Louisville Colonels
and was a successful high school player at St. Xavier.

CLIFF HAGAN
Inducted 1975
Great basketball player at Owensboro High, the University of
Kentucky and for the professional St. Louis Hawks. Twice
All-American, 1952 and '54, and the center on the 1954
unbeaten Kentucky team. Spent 10 years with Hawks. Was
named Athletic Director at UK in 1975.

JOE B. HALL
Inducted 1989
Joe B. Hall directed the University of Kentucky to the 1978
NCAA championship and posted a record of 297-100 in 13
seasons as head coach of the Wildcats. Under his guidance,
UK won a National Invitation Tournament title and either won
outright or shared nine regular-season Southeastern
Conference championships and one SEC tourney crown. As
a collegian, the native of Cynthiana, Ky., played at UK and at
the University of the South. He later was head coach at
Regis College in Denver for 5 seasons and at Central
Missouri State University for one.

STEVE HAMILTON
Inducted 1991
The 6-foot-6 left-hander is one of only two athletes to ever
play in both the World Series and the NBA finals. All All-
American basketball player at Morehead State, Hamilton
played for the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals and
pitched for the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series.

TOM HAMMOND
Inducted 2001
The Lexington native has covered the Olympics, college
basketball, NBA playoffs and the Breeders' Cup for NBC, but
he achieved a dream when he headed the network's telecast
of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He has won two Eclipse Awards
and an Emmy for his Breeders' Cup coverage. Hammond is a
member of the University of Kentucky's Distinguished Alumni
Hall of Fame and Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

ARTHUR BOYD "BULL" HANCOCK JR.
Inducted 1989
Longtime master of Claiborne Farm, just outside of Paris,
Ky., Bull Hancock bred 101 stakes winners, including 10
champions, from 1952 to 1972. Under his supervision, 32
other champions were foaled and raised at Claiborne for
farm clients. At his death in 1972, he was the most influential
horseman in the thoroughbred world. His motto: "We just try
to do the usual unusually well."

JENNY HANSEN
Inducted 2006
The NCAA names Hansen, a 13-time All-American, its
most outstanding Gymnast over the past 25 years in
NCAA championship competition… Won eight NCAA
gymnastics individual championships… The first and
 only woman to win three straight NCAA all-around titles. 
 Top women’s amateur athlete in the nation in 1994.

JACK HARBAUGH
Inducted 2003
In his 41st year of coaching football and his 14th year at
Western Kentucky University, Harbaugh coached the
Hilltoppers to the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA national championship.
As a head coach, Harbaugh's record was 116-95-3.
The father of pro quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, Jack won
more games for Western than any Hilltopper coach except
Jimmy Feix.

LISA HARRISON
Inducted 2001
This Louisville native led the Tennessee Lady Vols to the 1991
NCAA Championship. During her career at Southern High
School, she led the Lady Trojans to the 1988 state title. As a
high school senior, she won three national player of the year
honors. She went on to an outstanding career in the WNBA.

CLEM HASKINS
Inducted 1990
Known as "Clem the Gem" because of his polished game,
Haskins was a 1963 all-stater at Taylor Co. High School
before going on to become a conference All-American at
Western Kentucky. He averaged 22.1 points for his career
and set school single game scoring record of 55 points. After
playing 9 years in NBA, Haskins became a successful
college head coach.

CLEMETTE HASKINS
Inducted 2006
Helped lead the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers to a pair
of NCAA Final Four Appearances while earning All-American
recognition three times… Record holder for assists in a
career, season and game ranks fourth on Western’s all-time
 scoring list with 1,762 points, and also owns school records
 for both career and season steals.

VERNON HATTON
Inducted 2001
One of the greatest clutch players in University of Kentucky
basketball history, Hatton was a star for the "Fiddlin Five"
Wildcat team that won the 1958 NCAA championship.
Before coming to UK, the 6-foot-3 Hatton was a star for the
Lafayette 1953 state high school tournament champions. He
later played for years in the NBA.

BERNARD (PECK) HICKMAN
Inducted 1975
Basketball coach at the University of Louisville for 24 years
and Athletic Director for 20. His teams won 443 and lost 183,
seventh best percentage among active coaches when he
retired. Won the NAIB Tournament in 1948 and the National
Invitational Tournament in '56.

HILLERICH AND BRADSBY
Inducted 2006
“Louisville Slugger” is one of the most recognized brand names
 in the world… Legendary players such as Honus Wagner,
Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams swung Louisville Sluggers,
as well as thousands of past, current and future stars… Hillerich
family company opened in 1855… Salesman Frank Bradsby
became a partner in 1916…. Since then the company has
produced not only wood bats, but metal bats, golf clubs and
hockey sticks.

TED HORNBACK
Inducted 1987
A star player at Western Kentucky University, successful
coach at Corinth High School and college athletic director.
Best known for his many years as assistant to E.A. "Uncle
Ed" Diddle, who coached Western Kentucky to 759 victories
in 42 years. On many occasions Diddle said he never could
have achieved such great success without Hornback at
his side.

PAUL HORNUNG
Inducted 1975
Football's golden boy with Notre Dame and the pro Green Bay
Packers. Won Heisman Trophy in 1956. Made No. 5 familiar
to fans as runner and blocker with Packers for nine years.
Played on Packer National Football League Title Teams in
1961 and '62. NFL scoring champion in 1959, '60 and '61.

JIM HOST
Inducted 2000
A pioneer in sports marketing and promotions, this native of
Ashland became one of the most influential businessmen in
the history of college athletics. His long time relationship with
NCAA had much to do with that organization's remarkable
growth spurt. Host also was a former star baseball pitcher at
UK, and was a radio announcer for University of Kentucky
football and basketball.

ALLAN HOUSTON
Inducted 2006
One of the greatest players in the history of Kentucky high school
basketball, he led Louisville Ballard to the 1988 Sweet 16 title…
still the all-time leading scorer at his college alma mater,
Tennessee… 12-year NBA veteran, named to the All-Star team
in 2000 and 2001… Retired from the league with a 17.3 career
scoring average.

WADE HOUSTON
Inducted 1999
One of the first black players at Louisville (1962-66),
Houston also became the first black coach in the
Southeastern Conference when he took the Tennessee job
in 1989. He won the 1975 Boys State High School
Tournament championship at Louisville Male. On Denny
Crum's staff at the University of Louisville for 13 years, he
recruited many of the players who helped the Cards win
NCAA titles in 1980 and 1986.

CHARLES T. (TURKEY) HUGHES
Inducted 1975
One of UK's most versatile athletes as football, basketball,
baseball, and track performer in the early 1920s. Set a
national football record in 1924 with a 98 yard run with an
intercepted pass against Alabama. Athletic Director of
Eastern Kentucky University from 1942 to 1963.

DAN ISSEL
Inducted 1990
One of the most prolific scorers in basketball history, the
6-foot-9 center became the University of Kentucky's all-time
leading scorer with 2,138 points from 1967-1970, then
became one of the top scorers in professional basketball
with 27,482 points during 15-year career. A consensus
All-American as a collegian, Issel played a major role in
Kentucky Colonels' 1975 ABA Championship and later
became an NBA All-Star with the Denver Nuggets.

TOM JACKSON
Inducted 1994
After an All-American career at the University of Louisville
from 1970-72, he played 14 seasons in the NFL with the
Denver Broncos. He made three Pro Bowl appearances and
played in Super Bowls XII and XXI.

JOE JACOBY
Inducted 1999
The 6 foot 7, 300 pound Jacoby was the mainstay of the
Washington Redskins offensive line, known as "The Hogs"
that helped the franchise win three Super Bowls during his
13 year career. He played in the Pro Bowl four times. A 1976
All-Stater at Louisville Western High, Jacoby played college
ball at the University of Louisville.

ELLIS JOHNSON
Inducted 1963
Ellis helped Ashland High win the National Scholastic
Basketball Title in 1928. He later starred in four sports at the
University of Kentucky and became an All-American in
basketball in 1933. He later became a highly successful high
school and college coach. He was born in Ashland.

LOU JOHNSON
Inducted 2000
Known as "Sweet Lou" or "Slick" this Lexington native was
the Los Angeles Dodgers' star of 1965 World Series, hitting
a game-winning home run in 7th game against Minnesota. In
677 major league games, he hit .258 with 458 homers and
232 RBIs. He was a three-sport star for the Old Dunbar High
Bearcats.


Hall of Fame Members
Plaque Inscriptions (continued)

BEN A. JONES
Inducted 1985
Known as "Plain Ben,'' Jones trained a record six Kentucky
Derby winners, including five for famed Calumet Farm of
Lexington, Ky. They were Laurin in 1938, Whirlaway in 1941,
Pensive in 1944, Citation in 1948, Ponder in 1949, and Hill
Gail in 1952. Of those, Whirlaway and Citation won
thoroughbred racings' Triple Crown (Derby, Preakness, and
Belmont Stakes). Trained nine national champions and won
21 stakes at Louisville's Churchill Downs. Inducted into
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1958.

WALLACE CLAYTON "Wah Wah" JONES
Inducted 1963
Came from Harlan to the University of Kentucky to become
one of the greatest athletes developed in the state. He played
on two national championship basketball teams. Member of
the U.S. Olympic team in 1948, which won the world
championship in London, elected all-southeastern as a football
end in 1946, and All-America basketball player in 1949.

WARNER L. JONES, JR.
Inducted 1990
Under Jones, Hermitage Farm became one of the world's
leading thoroughbred breeding operations. He is the only
breeder of winners of the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky
Oaks and the Breeders' Cup. Due to his leadership as Chairman
of The Board sine 1984, Churchill Downs underwent an
era of unprecedented growth and capital improvements.

TOM JURICH
Inducted 2006
Oversaw U of L’s historic move to the Big East Conference
… Hired football coach Bobby Petrino and basketball
coach Rick Pitino… Guided U of L through the steps toward
achieving gender equity, upgrading funding and support staff
for existing women’s programs… Force behind extensive
expansion in on-campus athletic facilities…

WILLIAM L. KEAN
Inducted 1975
A legend at Louisville Central High School, where he
coached football for 33 years and basketball for 35. His football
teams won 225 games, lost 45, and tied 12, and were
four-time national champs. His basketball teams won 856
and lost 83, and won five state and three national titles.

Bill "MR. WILDCAT" KEIGHTLEY
Inducted 2007

One of the great fixtures in University of Kentucky basketball,
Keightley began his career as UK Equipment Manager in 1962. 
He is the only person in the history of the program to work for
Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Eddie Sutton, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith
and Billy Gillispie. Affectionately known as “Mr. Wildcat,”  UK
honored Keightley in 1997 with a retired jersey in his honor.

JOHN SIMMS KELLY
Inducted 1963
This son of Springfield, Ky., jumped into national prominence
as a football player at the University of Kentucky, where he
was better known as "Shipwreck" Kelly. His ball-carrying
fame carried him into professional football as a player, and
part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers football club.

JOE KENDALL
Class of 2008
From Owensboro, was inducted into the College Football Hall
of Fame in the summer of 2007. He was an All-American
offensive back at Kentucky State University in the 1930s. He
could play three positions (QB, HB, FB) and was the star of
Kentucky State’s undefeated mythical “black national
championship team.” Coached high school football in Harlan
and Owensboro, and ran summer recreational programs in
Owensboro inspiring the city to name a park for him.

1974-1975 KENTUCKY COLONELS
Inducted 2005
This team won the state’s only major league professional
championship in the 1900s. It defeated Indiana 4-1 in
the championship series of the 1975 American Basketball
Association. The Colonels were coached by Hubie Brown
and led by Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore and Louie Dampier.

RALPH KERCHEVAL
Inducted 1994
While playing at the University of Kentucky from 1931-33, he
was known mostly for his punting, which resulted in Southeastern
Conference records for most punts (101), yards
(4,413) and single game average (52.0). Also played seven
years in the NFL before moving on to a successful career as
a trainer, owner and farm manager in thoroughbred racing.

ROY KIDD
Inducted 1992
He established Eastern Kentucky University football teams
are one of the nation's best in Division 1-AA. His teams won
two national championships and more than 72% of their
games. Kidd was an all sport star at Corbin High School and
little All-American Quarterback at EKU.

RON KING
Inducted 1993
In 1969 he earned Mr. Basketball honors after leading Louisville
Central to state high school basketball championship.
He later led Florida State to 1972 NCAA runner up honors.

WILLIAM H. KING
Inducted 1987
Long-time promoter of sports and recreational activities such
as boat shows and motorcycle races, as well as the early
professional fights of Cassius Clay. President and General
Manager of Louisville Downs, who built the track into one of
the nation's best. Noted for pioneering concepts, and the first
person from the harness racing field to be named to the Hall
of Fame.

WATHEN R. KNEBELKAMP
Inducted 1975
First full-time president of Churchill Downs, a position he
held through 11 Derbies, 1959 through 1969. During this
tenure, $5 million were spent on improving the track. Owner
of the Louisville Colonels baseball team before taking over at
Churchill Downs.

OTTO KNOP
Inducted 1995
An All-State tackle at St. Xavier High in 1948, he played
center for the University of Louisville from 1948-52. He was
team captain in 1952, the same year he earned Little All-
American honors.

RON KORDES
Inducted 2007
As the Assumption High School volleyball coach, Kordes built
perhaps the greatest high school sports dynasty in Kentucky.
After Kordes arrived in 1988, Assumption became one of
the top national volleyball powers. Kordes led Assumption to
13 state titles in a 15-year span, including two national titles
during that time. More than 20 of Kordes’ players have received
scholarships.

HARRY LANCASTER
Inducted 1987
Best known as Adolph Rupp's assistant for more than 20
years, during which the Wildcats won four NCAA championships
and five trips to the Final Four. The late Mr. Lancaster
passed up many job offers to remain at UK, where he later
served as athletic director, overseeing the planning of both
Rupp Arena and Commonwealth Stadium.

DON LANE
Inducted 2004
In 26 years as the head basketball coach at Transylvania
University, Lane had a 509-241 record. He was voted NAIA
Coach of the Year twice and was inducted into the NAIA Hall
of Fame in 1996. His players also excelled in the classroom
with 92 of 97 receiving their degrees.

BOBBY LAUGHLIN
Inducted 1992
As Morehead State University basketball coach from 1953-
1965, Laughlin compiled a 166-120 record and took three
teams to the NCAA Tournament. He first gained fame by
coaching Breckinridge Training to the boys' state high school
championship in 1946. The Eagles shared four OVC
championships during his tenure.

CAWOOD LEDFORD
Inducted 1987
Known as "The Voice of the Wildcats," Cawood Ledford has
been UK's play-by-play announcer for both basketball and
football since 1953. The Harlan native is also known for his
horse racing calls, and has won three Eclipse Awards for
outstanding coverage of thoroughbred racing. He has been
named Kentucky's Sportscaster of the Year 18 times.

SHERMAN LEWIS
Inducted 1989
Sherman Lewis was a fleet halfback on Manual's 1959
unbeaten state champions, a team considered by many to
be the greatest in Kentucky high school football history. He
also starred at Michigan State, where in 1963 he was team
captain, a consensus All-American and third in the voting for
the Heisman Trophy. He later played in the pros with the
Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and
New York Jets of the American Football League.

DALE LINDSEY
Class of 2008

Western Kentucky University; All-American, two-time All-Ohio
Valley Conference selection and 1993 inductee into the
school’s Hall of Fame; played nine seasons for the NFL’s
Cleveland Browns; went on to coach for six NFL teams,
including the San Diego Chargers, whom he helped lead
to the 1995 Super Bowl.

D. WAYNE LUKAS
Inducted 2005
From the time he burst onto the thoroughbred racing national
scene in 1980, Lukas revolutionized the training profession
by maintaining high-quality stables at many major tracks.
He dominated the Breeders’ Cup programs and the Triple
Crown in the 1980s and 1990s. A fixture at Kentucky’s
tracks and sales, he produced Kentucky Derby winners in
1988, 1995, 1996, and 1999.

LEONARD LYLES
Inducted 1975
One of the University of Louisville's greatest football running
backs. Little All-American in 1957, when he led the nation in
scoring with 132 points. Played pro football for 12 years. A
superb defensive back for the Baltimore Colts.

DICKY LYONS
Inducted 1994
One of the most versatile football players ever, this St.
Xavier High School product starred at the University of
Kentucky from 1966-68, playing quarterback, running back
and safety. He set UK records for most punt return yards in a
season (1,095) and longest punt return (97 yards).

PAUL McBRAYER
Inducted 1986
Eastern Kentucky University's winningest basketball coach
with a 214-141 record from 1946-62. Won two Ohio Valley
Conference titles, tied for another and was runner-up six
times. A product of Kavanaugh High in Anderson County,
McBrayer was All-American captain for University of
Kentucky in 1929-30 and later served as an assistant to
Adolph Rupp.

KYLE MACY
Inducted 1996
This 6-foot-3 point guard was the leader of the University of
Kentucky's 1978 NCAA champions. In three years, he
scored 1,411 points and set season and career records for
free throw percentage. His ability to produce under pressure
helped him become one of all time Wildcat fan favorites.

AMOS MARTIN
Inducted 1990
The Bardstown High School graduate was a standout linebacker
and defensive lineman for the University of Louisville
during 1968-1971. He played six seasons as a linebacker in
the NFL, including 3 Super Bowls with Minnesota.

GARNIS MARTIN
Inducted 1989
The state's all-time winningest high school football coach
with a 270-105-7 record in his first 38 seasons, (one at
Wayland and 37 at Bardstown, through 1988). His teams
won three state championships (Class A in 1967 and 1970,
Class AA in 1981), and in 1977 he was chosen coach of the
year in the Courier-Journal's annual poll. A graduate of
Tulane University, Martin also coached the Bardstown
basketball team, reaching the state tournament twice (1969
and 1971), and guided the Tigers to Class A state track titles
in 1970 and 1971.

JAMAL MASHBURN
Class of 2008

University of Kentucky basketball All-SEC, All-American,
led team to 1993 Final Four; sixth all-time leading scorer
in UK history; helped restore UK basketball following probation;
NBA career: (1st round draft pick by the Dallas Mavericks);
11 seasons in NBA; career scoring average of 19 ppg; one of
only six players since 1970 to have averaged at least 20 points
per game in his final NBA season.

RODNEY MCCRAY
Inducted 2002
During McCray's four-year career at the University of
Louisville (1979-1983), the Cards made three trips to the
Final Four. As a freshman, McCray was the 6-7 freshman
starting center for the Cardinals' first NCAA championship
team. Known as a fierce leader and competitor, McCray
played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and
as a member of the Chicago Bulls' 1993 championship team.

JIM MCDANIELS
Inducted 2004
In his all-state career at Allen County and All-American
career at Western Kentucky University, McDaniels was the
rare seven footer who could also score with outside jump
shots. In 81 games at WKU, he averaged 27.6 points and
led the Hilltoppers to the NCAA Final Four in 1971. He
played seven years in the NBA and ABA.

TAMARA MCKINNEY
Inducted 2004
This native of Lexington became the first American skier to
win an overall championship in 1983. She won more World
Cup races (18) than any other U.S. skier. In 1989, McKinney
won the gold medal in the combined at the World
Championships in Vail, Colorado.

MARY T. MEAGHER
Inducted 1993
Known around the world as Madame Butterfly, this product
of Louisville Lakeside Swim Club won 3 gold medals in 1984
Olympics. In 1981 she set world records of 57.93 seconds in
the 100 meter butterfly and 2:05.96 in the 200.

TOM MEEKER
Inducted 2004
In more than 20 years as President of Churchill Downs,
Meeker oversaw unprecedented growth in the Kentucky
Derby and the track's physical plant. He also presided over a
string of acquisitions that allowed Churchill Downs to
become one of the most powerful forces in thoroughbred
racing.

JOHNNY MEIHAUS
Inducted 2003
As football coach at Louisville St. Xavier from 1952-1968,
Meihaus won 3 state high school championships. His team
compiled a record of 118-47-9. He also coached the Tigers
to 3 state track championships. Meihaus played football for
UK under Paul "Bear" Bryant, graduating in 1949, and
applied Bryant's coaching style often in his career.

STEVE MEILINGER
Inducted 1996
This versatile All-American played several positions on both
offense and defense for the University of Kentucky teams
that had 20-10-3 record in 1951-53. Remembered mainly as
end, he caught a school career record 17 touchdown
passes. He was also a first round NFC draft pick.

FRANK MINNIFIELD
Inducted 1998
This Lexington Henry Clay High product was a outstanding
cornerback at the University of Louisville (1979-1982) and
with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL (1985-1994).
Minnifield made the Pro Bowl from 1986-1989 and played in
AFC championship games in 1986, 1987 and 1989. He was
twice named to Sporting News All-Pro Team.

LOU MICHAELS
Inducted 1993
An All-American tackle at University of Kentucky in 1956-57,
he was 4th in Heisman Trophy voting in 1957. He also was
known as standout place kicker and punter. Lou played with
4 NFL teams from 1958-1971.

MACK MILLER
Inducted 1993
A native of Versailles, Miller trained many thoroughbred
champions for owners, Charles Englehard and Paul Mellon.
Won 1993 Kentucky Derby with Sea Hero. He trained more
than 70 stakes winners, including Java Gold, Hawaii and
Winter's Tale.

PAULIE MILLER
Inducted 1996
From 1946-63, Miller coached Louisville Flaget High to a
120-45-11 record. He developed four state championship
teams and nine future All-Americans, including 1956
Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung.

UKARI FIGGS MOORE
Inducted 2004
Named Miss Basketball after leading Scott County to the
1995 girls' state title, Figgs Moore led Purdue to the 1999
NCAA championship and was named MVP in the Final Four.
She played five seasons in the WNBA before retiring.

MO MOORMAN
Inducted 2002
Considered one of the finest offensive linemen ever produced
in the state, Moorman was an All-Stater for John
Meihaus at St. Xavier High and an All-American candidate
for Gene Stallings at Texas A&M. Drafted by the NFL's
Kansas City Chiefs, the 6-5 Moorman was the starting right
guard for the Chiefs team that whipped Minnesota 23-7, in
Super Bowl IV in New Orleans.

CHARLES "UNCLE CHARLEY" MORAN
Inducted 1963
Came from Horse Cave to become one of the all-time great
major league baseball umpires, and to coach the Centre
College football team to astounding triumphs. He will be
remembered longest for a 1921 victory over mighty Harvard
by his famous "Praying Colonels."

JEFF MULLINS
Inducted 2007
A graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Mullins
was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1960. He went
on to become an All-American at Duke, which retired his
number. Mullins was a member of the 1964 Olympic gold
medal team, and was chosen fifth overall in the NBA draft.
He spent 13 years in the NBA with St. Louis and San
Francisco/Golden State and was named an NBA All-Star
three-times. Mullins also coached North Carolina-Charlotte
from 1985-96.

TORI MURDEN-McCLURE
Inducted 2000
In 1999, she became the first woman to row across the
Atlantic Ocean. Her journey began September 13 and ended
December 3. In 81 days, 7 hours, and 46 minutes, she
rowed 3,333 miles from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe in
the Caribbean.

DONNA MURPHY
Inducted 1995
After becoming Kentucky's first Miss Basketball in 1976
while playing for Newport High School, she became Morehead
State's all-time leader in points scored and rebounds.
She later distinguished herself as a college coach.

CHARLES "COTTON" NASH
Inducted 1993
A three-time All-American at the University of Kentucky,
Nash averaged 22.7 points per game in 78 games from
1961-1964. He later played professional basketball in the
NBA and ABA and major league baseball.

C. M. NEWTON
Inducted 1991
A reserve on the University of Kentucky 1951 NCAA basketball
championship team, Newton went on to post a 509-375
career record in 32 years as a coach at Transylvania,
Alabama, and Vanderbilt. The SEC's Coach of the Year our
times, he also served as team manager for the U.S. Olympic
team that won the gold medal in 1984. He returned to UK as
athletics director in 1989 and won praise for his leadership.

BOBBY NICHOLS
Inducted 2000
A 1954 graduate of St. Xavier High School, Nichols overcame
serious injuries from an auto accident to become first
Kentucky golfer to win a major championship. In 1964 PGA
championship at Columbus, Ohio, Nichols defeated Jack
Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer by three strokes. He won 11
PGA tour events and played on the 1967 Ryder Cup team.

LETCHER NORTON
Inducted 1988
In two stints as Clark County High coach spanning three
decades, Norton developed some of the finest teams in the
state's history. His team won the Boys State Tournament
in 1951, finished second in 1950, and were third in both
1952 and 1958. A firm believer in the fast-break attack,
Norton had a 603-140 career record in 23 years of coaching.

BILL OLSEN
Inducted 1998
As the University of Louisville athletic director from 1980-1997,
Olsen presided over a basketball program that produced two
NCAA championships and a football program that became
nationally respected. Before becoming athletic director, he
played basketball at U of L and later served as assistant to
Denny Crum. His vision for U of L athletics, which included a
new football stadium, will be felt well into the future.

BUD OLSEN
Inducted 2000
One of leading scorers in University of Louisville history, the
6 foot 8 forward was equally dangerous from inside or out.
After averaging 20.8 points and 13.2 rebounds as a senior in
1961-62, Olsen went into NBA when he played for six pro
teams in seven seasons.

JOHN OLDHAM
Inducted 1986
The native of Hartford was an outstanding basketball player,
coach and athletic director at Western Kentucky University.
An All-American in 1949, Oldham played two years of pro
ball. He succeeded Uncle Ed Diddle in 1964 and had a
146-41 record in nine years. His 1970-71 team was
Western's first to make the NCAA Final Four.

JOHNNY OWENS
Inducted 2002
A Lexington native and 1950 University of Kentucky graduate,
Owens was one of the nation's best amateur golfers for more
than half a century. He reached his pinnacle by winning the
1984 British Senior Amateur championship. He also won two
state titles at Henry Clay High, 10 Lexington city championships,
the 1950 Southeastern Conference title, two State
Amateur Championships, and four State Senior titles.

GREG PAGE
Inducted 2005
This graduate of Central High School became the fourth Louisville
native to win the WBA heavyweight boxing championship when
he knocked out Gerrie Coetzee on December 1, 1984. Page
had a professional record of 58-17-1. He won the national
AAU heavyweight titles in 1977 and 1978.

VITO "BABE" PARILLI
Inducted 1991
One of the outstanding passers in the history of college football,
this native of Pennsylvania led the University of Kentucky
to appearances in the Sugar, Orange, and Cotton Bowls during
his career from 1949-'51. He engineered UK's 13-7 win over
Oklahoma in the 1950 Sugar Bowl. After passing for 4,351
yards and 50 touchdowns at UK, he went on to a 16-year pro
career in the National, American, and Canadian leagues.

LEA WISE PREWITT
Inducted 1999
After an all-state career at Lexington Lafayette High, she had
an outstanding career at Kentucky (1979-1983), where she
scored 1,179 points, made 461 assists and added 157
steals. After college, she went into coaching. In 1988-89, her
fifth and final team at Centre College had a 23-8 record and
reached the Final Four of the NCAA Division II tournament.

BETTY ROWLAND PROBASCO
Inducted 1988
The finest female golfer of her era, the Irvine native won the
Kentucky Women's' Amateur four times in five years from
1949 through 1953, including three straight titles (1951-52-
53). She also won National Senior Women's Championship
3 times, the Marion Miley Championship and the Tennessee
Women's Championship 8 times.

DERRICK RAMSEY
Inducted 1999
As a senior quarterback at Kentucky in 1977, the 6 foot 5
Ramsey led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record and a #6 national
ranking. Known more for his rushing than his passing,
Ramsey amassed 3,417 total yards in his career. Converted
to tight end in the NFL, Ramsey played for the New England
Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions.

FRANK RAMSEY, JR.
Inducted 1975
Two-time All-American at UK, 1952 and '54, after starring in
basketball at Madisonville High. A three-year regular guard
at UK, including the unbeaten '54 season, and a great clutch
player for nine years with the pro Boston Celtics.

Hall of Fame Members
Plaque Inscriptions (continued)

CHRIS REDMAN
Inducted 2007
An All-Stater at Louisville Male High School, Redman was
named a Parade All-American and the national high school
offensive Player of the Year.  He set passing records at U of L;
his career total of 12,541 yards was 3rd-highest in Division I
history. Redman won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
as the nation’s top senior quarterback. He was the first U of L
quarterback to lead the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl
appearances. Redman spent 5 seasons in the NFL.

BILLY REED
Inducted 2001
Regarded as one of the most influential and controversial
sports columnists in the state's history, this native of Mt.
Sterling worked more than 40 years for The Courier-Journal,
Sports Illustrated, and the Lexington Herald. His specialties
were thoroughbred racing and college basketball, earning
numerous national and regional awards for his coverage of
each. He graduated from Transylvania University in 1966.

HAROLD REESE
Inducted 1963
Known universally as "PEE-WEE" because of his winning
ways in marbles, Reese played shortstop for the Brooklyn
Dodgers 19 years. He was unexcelled in fielding and clutch
hitting. Born at Ekron, he played baseball for DuPont Manual
before signing with the Louisville Colonels in 1937. He joined
Brooklyn the following year.

JIM REID
Inducted 1996
In 1973, at age 25, Reid became the basketball coach at
Georgetown College, where he had been a star player. He
coached the Tigers for 23 seasons until his untimely death in
April 1996. He had a 529-199 record at his alma mater and
was twice named NAIA National Coach of the Year.

GENE RHODES
Inducted 1997
This native of Louisville excelled as both an athlete and a
coach. Started on 1945 Male High state basketball champions
and coached St. Xavier to 1957 state title. After playing college
ball at Western Kentucky University, he both played and
coached at the professional level.

PAT RILEY
Class of 2006
All-American at the University of Kentucky, a member of
“Rupp’s Runts,” who lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA
championship game… Considered one of the greatest
NBA coaches of all time… Coached five championship teams,
an assistant to another, and played for one, bringing his total
to seven championships overall.

KENNY ROLLINS
Inducted 1995
Captain and defensive ace of University of Kentucky's
"Fabulous Five" that won 1948 NCAA basketball championship.
He was a member of 1948 U.S. gold medal Olympic
team. Kenny played professional basketball with the Chicago
Stags and is the brother of fellow Hall of Famer Phil Rollins.

PHIL ROLLINS
Inducted 1995
He capped his stellar collegiate career in 1956 by helping the
University of Louisville win the NIT basketball title. He scored
more than 2,000 points for Wickliffe High School and 1,060 at
U of L. Phil is the brother of fellow Hall of Famer Kenny
Rollins.

S. T. ROACH
Inducted 1988
A leader in the integration of Kentucky high school basketball,
Roach had a 512-142 record in 21 years at Lexington Dunbar.
After Dunbar became the first all-black school admitted to the
Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 1957, Roach
took six of his next eight teams to the State Tournament,
finishing second twice. Prior to KHSAA membership, Roach
coached Dunbar to two Kentucky High School Athletic League
titles.

LEE ROSE
Inducted 2001
This native of West Irvine is one of few college coaches to
take two different teams to the NCAA final four (UNCC in
1977 and Purdue in 1980). He began his coaching career at
Transylvania University, where he had been a star player, and
compiled a 388-162 record in 19 seasons as a college head
coach. He later spent 15 years as assistant coach in the NBA.

EARL RUBY
Inducted 1975
Sports editor of The Courier-Journal for 30 years. Co-founder
of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Founder of the Kentucky
Athletic Hall of Fame. Won National Headliners Award in 1945
for nation's best sports columns. Named Sportsman of the
Year in 1969 by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen.

ADOLPH FREDERICK RUPP
Inducted 1964
Recognized as America's winningest basketball coach during
35 fabulous years at the University of Kentucky. Teams
guided by "the man in the brown suit" claimed more than 700
victories, four NCAA Titles and 21 Conference Crowns.
Coached 1948 Olympic Team to World Championship.
Developed 30 All-Americans.

CHARLES RUTER
Inducted 2001
This graduate of Western Kentucky University became known
as one of the leading track and field officials in the world. He
worked at two Olympics and every major United States competition.
He has been official scorer for the boys' state high
school tournament since 1963. In 2001 he was inducted into
the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

JACK RYAN
Inducted 1990
He became the standard by which golfers measure their
success in the Kentucky Open. Remembered mainly as the
teaching pro at Louisville's Big Spring Country Club. Ryan
won a record 10 Kentucky Open titles from 1936 to 1959 and
finished second 4 times.

FORREST SALE
Inducted 1963
One of the first of a long line of All-America basketball players
at the University of Kentucky, this native of Lawrenceburg
known to his friends as "Aggie," led the Wildcats to their first
national championship in 1933. He was named the Helm's
Foundation player of the year in 1933.

THEODORE A. SANFORD
Inducted 1975
Guiding hand behind the Kentucky High School Athletic
Association from 1937 until 1972. Secretary-Treasurer of
KHSAA from '37 to '47, then its first full-time commissioner.
Coached four sports before becoming an administrator.

KARL SCHMITT, SR.
Inducted 1995
He touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls as
executive director of Catholic School Athletic Association for
more than three decades. Schmitt was known for developing
numerous football officials at high school, college and
professional levels.

BOB SCHNEIDER
Inducted 2006
In 2005 became the winning coach in Kentucky high school
football history… Coached Newport Central Catholic to
state championship that year… Took over as head coach
in 1966… His Mustang teams never encountered a losing
record from 1974 through 1997… Also coached NewCath
to the state championship game on four other occasions.

HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER
Inducted 1994
A graduate of Flaget High, he went on to an All-American
career as an end at the University of Kentucky and one of the
greatest coaching careers in football history. After years as an
NFL assistant, including the Miami Dolphins' back to back
Super Bowl Champion, he coached the University of Miami to
the 1983 collegiate National Title, then moved on to do another
outstanding rebuilding job at the University of Louisville.

SECRETARIAT "BIG RED"
Inducted 2007
Arguably the greatest thoroughbred of the modern era,
“Big Red” was the 1973 Triple Crown winner, the first racing
had seen in 25 years. A son of the great Bold Ruler, Secretariat
set a Kentucky Derby record with the first sub-two minute time
in the history of the race, winning in 1:59 2/5. Secretariat ran
each Derby quarter-mile faster than the one before it.   He also
went on to set records in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

FRANK SELVY
Inducted 1994
This basketball All-State for Corbin High set 24 NCAA scoring
records at Furman College from Furman College from 1951-
54, including the single game record of 100 points against
Newberry College in 1954. He played nine years in the NBA
and was head coach of Furman from 1966-70.

BERNIE A. SHIVELY
Inducted 1975
All-American football guard and Big Ten wrestling champion
at Illinois before coaching several sports at Kentucky. Was UK
head football coach in 1945. As Athletic Director from 1938
until 1957, supervised UK's greatest period of athletic growth.

MIKE SILLIMAN
Inducted 1988
The 6-foot-6 center led Louisville St. Xavier to the 1962 Boys
State Tournament championship, then went to the U.S. Military
Academy, where he became the finest basketball player in
West Point history. An unselfish player who emphasized
rebounding and defense as much as scoring, Silliman was
named captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team that won the
gold medal in Mexico City under coach Henry Iba.

PHIL SIMMS
Inducted 1997
Quarterbacked New York Giants for 14 seasons, leading them
to their first Super Bowl title after the 1986 season. After
graduating from Southern High in 1974, Simms distinguished
himself enough at Morehead State University to become a first
round draft pick. His jersey No. 11 was retired by the Giants.

SUSAN SLOANE-LUNDY
Inducted 1998
When she retired from professional tennis in 1993, she was
the most accomplished representative of her sport in the
state's history. By age 15, she had won three state high
school tennis championships for Lexington Sayre and seven
national junior championships. In 1988, she was ranked No.
10 in the country and No. 19 in the world.

ADRIAN SMITH
Inducted 2005
Known as “Odie,” this native of Graves County was a
starting guard on the University of Kentucky’s 1958 NCAA
championship basketball team known as the “Fiddlin’ Five.”
He later played on the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team
and was MVP in the 1966 NBA all-star game.

DEREK SMITH
Inducted 1997
One of the most popular players in University of Louisville basketball
history, Smith starred on 1980 NCAA championship
team and was named Metro conference player of the year in
1981. Played for five NBA teams from 1982-1991 and later
served as an assistant coach with the Washington Bullets.

TUBBY SMITH
Class of 2008

Head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from
1997 to 2007, coached Wildcats to 1998 NCAA Championship.
His teams won five SEC regular season championships and
have five SEC tournament titles. His 2002-03 team won 26
straight games and was undefeated in SEC play, both regular
season and tournament. Smith that year swept all 10 major
Coach of the Year awards.

BILL SPIVEY
Inducted 2004
The first great seven footer in University of Kentucky basketball
history, Spivey was national Player of the Year while leading
the Wildcats to the 1951 NCAA title. He scored 1,213
points in 63 games over two seasons and was also an outstanding
rebounder.

WOODY STEPHENS
Inducted 1986
One of the greatest trainers in thoroughbred racing history,
Stephens is best remembered for winning the Belmont Stakes
five straight years (1982-86). In more than 40 years of training,
the native of Midway also saddled winners of the
Kentucky Derby (Cannonade in 1974, Swale in 1985) and
every other major stakes in the nation. Also trained a record
10 divisional champions.

ART STILL
Inducted 2005
This 6-foot-7-inch defensive end from Camden, New Jersey,
anchored a defense for the 1977 University of Kentucky team,
which had a 10-1 record and was ranked number six in the
nation. He went on to a 12-year NFL career with the Kansas
City Chiefs, making the Pro Bowl four times. He is the older
brother of UK basketball Hall of Fame member Valerie Still.

VALERIE STILL
Inducted 1996
From 1979-83, Still became University of Kentucky's all-time
leading basketball scorer with 2,763 points, and all-time leading
rebounder in UK Women's history with 1,525. A three-time
All American, she is the younger sister of UK football All-
American Art Still.


WES STRADER
Inducted 2002
One of the most popular sports announcers in the state's
history, Strader was the "voice" of the Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers from 1964-2000. During his tenure, Western
made its first Final Four trip in 1970-71 with a team led by
Jim McDaniels and Clarence Glover. Strader also was
known for his loyalty to high school sports, especially the
Boys State High School Basketball Tournament.

GUY STRONG
Inducted 2002
This native of Irvine was a successful basketball coach at
the Division I, Division II, and high school levels. Strong was
a member of the University of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA
championship team before transferring to Eastern Kentucky.
He coached Kentucky Wesleyan to the 1966 NCAA Division
II title, then had successful Division I stints at Eastern
Kentucky and Oklahoma State. He coached high school ball
at Louisville Male, Richmond Madison, and Clark County.

CLAUDE SULLIVAN
Inducted 1975
Radio broadcaster who called play-by-play of University of
Kentucky football and basketball games from 1948 until 1967.
Was voted State's Outstanding Sportscaster for seven straight
years. Also broadcast Cincinnati Reds baseball games.

DANNY SULLIVAN
Inducted 2002
On Memorial Day, 1985, this native of Louisville drove his
Miller American Special to victory in automobile racing's
Indianapolis 500, the first Kentuckian to win the sport's most
famous race. His winning time was 152.982 miles per hour.
He also was champion of the Championship Auto Racing
Teams series in 1988. In his career, Sullivan won 17 CART
races and had earnings of almost $9 million.

CHARLES "JOCK" SUTHERLAND
Inducted 1999
During his high school coaching career, Sutherland won 465
games and took three schools to the Boy's State High School
Tournament. After winning the 1979 championship at
Lexington Lafayette, his alma mater, he retired from coaching.
However, the wit and personality that endeared him to the
media during his coaching career enabled him to become an
analyst on Louisville Cardinal broadcasts in 1983.

TOM THACKER
Inducted 1995
A standout basketball player at Covington Grant High School,
Thacker was known throughout his career as an unselfish
team player. He was first man to play on championship teams
in NCAA (University of Cincinnati 1961 and 1962), NBA
(Boston Celtics 1968) and ABA (Indiana Pacers 1971).

CLINT THOMAS
Inducted 1987
A native of Ashland, Kentucky, Clint Thomas was a baseball
star for 19 years. He achieved a lifetime batting average of
.350, hit more than 400 home runs and accumulated more
than 4,000 hits. Known as "The Hawk" and "The Black
Dimaggio," Thomas was among only 25 players from his
league submitted for consideration by the baseball Hall of
Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

LOU TSIOROPOULOS
Inducted 1975
All-round athlete at Lynn, Mass. before becoming one of the
Big Three with Cliff Hagan and Frank Ramsey on the
University of Kentucky basketball team which went 25-0 in
the 1953-54 season. Defensive specialist, played two years
with pro Boston Celtics until forced out by injury.

JOHN TONG
Inducted 1998
One of the best known stadium and arena announcers in the
nation, Tong was the long-time voice of University of Louisville
basketball and football, the boys' state high school basketball
tournament, Kentucky Colonels of ABA and numerous all-star
games. He was the announcer for the NCAA finals in 1967
and 1969 in Freedom Hall. His distinctive style made him
recognizable at sporting events throughout Kentucky.

JOHN TURNER
Inducted 1989
An All-Stater from Newport, Ky., John Turner was a star on
the University of Louisville's first Final Four team (1959). The
slashing forward led the Cardinals in scoring his sophomore
(1958-59, 14.0 average), junior (1959-1960, 13.4) and senior
(1960-61, 23.1) seasons. As a senior, he was team captain,
a Helms Athletic Foundation award winner and unanimous
pick for the NCAA Mideast Regional all-tourney team.
Bernard "Peck" Hickman called Turner the best all-round
player he ever coached.

CHARLIE TYRA
Inducted 1987
A Louisville native, Charlie Tyra led the University of
Louisville to the 1956 NIT championship in New York's
Madison Square Garden. The first U of L player to get more
than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career, Tyra
averaged 18.2 points and 17.0 rebounds per game. After
college, he played for five years in the NBA with New York
and Chicago.

JOHNNY UNITAS
Inducted 1991
A product of the University of Louisville, Unitas became
known as "Mr. Quarterback" during his legendary NFL career
with the Baltimore Colts from 1956 through '72. During his
career, the Colts won three NFL titles. At U of L, Unitas
passed for 2,912 yards and 27 touchdowns before graduating
in 1955. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of
Fame in 1979.

WESTLEY UNSELD
Inducted 1985
Led Louisville Seneca High to state basketball championships
in 1963-64 before going on to become consensus
All-American at University of Louisville in 1968. In first pro
season, became first player in National Basketball Association
history to be named both Rookie of the Year and
Most Valuable Player. Only 6-foot-7, Unseld used bulk and
strength to hold his own against taller foes. Was known for
his picks, outlet passes on the fast break, and rebounding.

JEFF VAN NOTE
Inducted 1992
Picked in the eleventh round of the 1969 NFL draft after
starting three years at defensive end for the University of
Kentucky, Van Note went on to play in 246 games over 18
seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. He was the Falcons' starting
center for 17 consecutive seasons before retiring in
1986. Van Note was a six time Pro Bowl choice.

VAN VANCE
Inducted 2003
This smooth-talking native of Park City was best known for
being WHAS Radio play-by-play announcer for the Kentucky
Colonels and the University of Louisville Cardinals. Vance
worked for WHAS Radio from 1957-1999, and he spent
many years hosting a popular sports talk show.

KENNY "SKY WALKER" WALKER
Inducted 2007
The number 2 scorer in UK men’s basketball history at the
time of his induction, Walker was a 2-time All-American who
helped lead the Wildcats to the 1984 Final Four. He spent
7 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and the
Washington Bullets, winning the Slam Dunk contest at the
1989 All-Star game. Walker also played professionally in
Europe and Japan.

DARRELL WALTRIP
Inducted 1999
One of the legendary drivers on the NASCAR circuit, this
Owensboro native won his first Winston Cup race in 1972
and went on to win more than 80 races. One of his biggest
victories came in 1989, when he won the Daytona 500 on his
17th attempt. The only five-time winner of the Coca-Cola
600, Waltrip won more than $17 million in purse money
during his career.

JAIME WALZ-RICHEY
Class of 2008

Highlands HS, Western Kentucky University. State’s all-time
leading scorer for boys and girls (4,948 points); Miss
Basketball, national Gatorade High School Player of the
Year, 1996; ranked number one, including the Associated
Press and The Courier-Journal; AP Kentucky Female
Athlete of the Year in 1996; Sports Illustrated Athlete of the
Month, February 1996; Four years at Western, All-Sun Belt
in 2000, played in three NCAA tournaments.

DEJUAN WHEAT
Inducted 2005
When this Ballard High School product graduated from
the University of Louisville in 1997, he was the first player
in NCAA history to total more than 2,000 points, 450 assists,
300 three-point goals, and 200 steals. He ranks second
only to Darrell Griffith on U of L’s career scoring list. Wheat
played briefly for three teams in the NBA.

BOB WHITE
Class of 2008

Honorary Inductee. Known as “Mr. Kentucky High School
Sports,” he has worked full-time for The Courier-Journal
in Louisville for 41 years, including the final 38 as lead
high school sports reporter. A graduate of the University
of Kentucky, White spent four months at the Cynthiana (Ky.)
Democrat and a couple of years at the Cleveland (Tenn.)
Daily Banner
before making his way to the C-J. He is a
member of the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame and
the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, along with the
Metro Area Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame
and the Kentucky Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1991,
White was honored with the Distinguished Service Award
by the National High School Coaches Association.

SUSIE SHIELDS WHITE
Inducted 1992
At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, she won a
bronze medal in the 100 meter butterfly, losing to the winner
by seven-tenths of a second. A 1970 graduate of Eastern
High School, she was one of the few athletes from Kentucky
to participate in individual Olympic competition.

LOUISE WILSON
Inducted 1990
Playing out of Louisville's Big Spring Country Club, Wilson
was the premier female amateur golfer in Kentucky for more
than 30 years. She won 5 state amateur championships in
the 6-year span from 1958-1963, then waited 22 years
before winning a record-tying sixth title in 1985.

COL. MATT WINN
Inducted 1963
As head of Churchill Downs from 1902 until his death in 1949,
Col. Winn worked unceasingly to promote the Kentucky Derby
and make it America's most celebrated thoroughbred race.
He saved the race on several occasions when it appeared
doomed by political and economical pressures.

WILL WOLFORD
Inducted 2003
An All-State defensive lineman at St. Xavier, Wolford was
switched to offensive tackle at Vanderbilt and became one of
the best in the SEC. A first round draft pick of the Buffalo
Bills in 1986, he played 13 seasons in the NFL with Buffalo,
Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. He played in 3 Super Bowls
with the Bills, and went on to a career as a thoroughbred
racing owner.

WILLIAM T. YOUNG
Inducted 1996
This successful businessman needed only 10 years to build
Overbrook Farms into one of the nation's best. His farm's
lists of victories include the Kentucky Derby, Preakness,
Belmont Stakes and Breeder's Cup. In 1994, Young won the
Eclipse Award as Breeder of the Year.

Hall of Fame Members Plaque Inscriptions (concluded)




Contact us for more info

 

 

Visit Kosair! 

 










gallery

Our Class of 2013 was
inducted on June 13, 2013.
The Class of 2014 will
be honored June 18, 2014.
  
Now we are accepting
 candidates for our
 Class of 2015.
 
 The nomination deadline
 for the Class of 2015
 is August 31, 2014.
 KAHF nominations are
 accepted year-round here:

Nomination Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see
  2009 photos
from this year's
induction banquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see
  2008 photos
from that year's
induction banquet!

 

 

Click here to see
  2007 photos
from that year's
induction banquet!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See  2006 photos
from that year's
induction banquet!