2009 KAHF Inductees Gallery
The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
took pleasure in welcoming its 2009 inductees.
These Gallery entries representing each inductee are presented by the Hall
of Fame Board,
Kosair Charities and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies,
corporate sponsor of KAHF,
to honor the inductees' individual, varied and unique
and their contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
then is the Class of '09, inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
banquet crowd of some 450 people on
Wednesday evening, April 29, at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza hotel.
Inductees are in alphabetical order, and the text accompanying each photo
is from that honoree's engraved plaque, which hangs in the grand hallway of
Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.
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Shelby County to 1966 boys' State Tournament title; 1966 Mr. Basketball;
leading scorer at UK as sophomore in 1967-68, averaging 20.0 a game (Dan
Issel was second at 16.4); missed 1969-70 season after breaking leg in car
wreck; came back in '70-71 and finished UK career with 1,535 points (an
average of 18.7), good for 13th all-time at Kentucky.
State; set career college scoring
record at KSU (more than 4,000 points);
one-plus seasons with the LA Lakers,
more than two seasons in ABA,
where he averaged 25.2 ppg
for San Diego in 1974-75.
Patti Jo Hedges
HS (Louisville), UK – starting point guard for UK’s only SEC women’s
basketball championship team, All-SEC performer;
gold medal, 1983 Pan Am
Golfer at Flaget and Bellarmine; captained
Bellarmine’s undefeated team that went to the NCAA tournament; champion at
three different clubs; founded Persimmon Ridge; founded Louisville Golf Club
Company (nominated by many, many friends and relatives).
Ex-Clay County High School basketball coach;
state championship team -- 1987,
runners-up in 1985 and ’88.
Teams won 14
No other coach has taken more teams to the Sweet 16.
Led Clay County to 587 victories against only 97 losses.
A 1957 St. Xavier graduate, 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 - in Kentucky high school
history. After attending Catholic University and the University of Notre
Dame, O'Toole, who has taught chemistry and physics at St. Xavier, 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. His swimmers set 16 state records and two national
records, with 59 earning All-America status.
Chairman of Board of Trustees for Minor
League Baseball; successfully led drive to bring minor league baseball back
to Louisville; organized slate of buyers to purchase Redbirds from A. Ray
Smith, who wanted to move franchise; chairman of new arena construction
committee; at one point ranked number three in top 10 minor league power
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 on the
beat. Three-time Eclipse Award winner; also won the John Hervey Award, a
similar prize for writing about harness racing, three times.
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