KAHF Officers and Board of Directors Our membership offers wide capabilities. Within our alliance are representatives of organizations of all sizes. Listed below are our current officers and board members.
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Glen E. Stuckel
Our 2013 KAHF Advisors
and Dick Gabriel, Co- Chairman
C. Ray Hall
Hall of Fame
Walls of Fame
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center
are not only invited, but urged
to visit the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center’s Freedom Hall in Louisville to
see the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s permanent “Walls of Fame”
exhibit, a tribute to Kentucky sports achievement at all levels of competition.
Each Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a
beautifully engraved bronze plaque on display on the first level of Freedom
Hall. It’s a chance to recall sports feats of an earlier day as well as a way to
introduce the kids and grandkids to the diverse heritage of Kentucky sports.
Engraved plaques for each inductee bear their
likeness and provide short biographical information, including the date of
induction into the KAHF. Stroll along and recall the memories that are stirred
as you recognize the names and recall the accomplishments of such Kentucky
sports standouts as Eddie Arcaro, Ralph Beard, King Kelly Coleman, Earle Combs,
Keene Daingerfield, Paul Hornung and Dan Issel.
of us with “mileage” fondly recall Western’s Ed Diddle and his red towel. And
Joe B. Hall is a household name, but can you recite the feats of “Indian Joe”
Guyton? Remember promoter William H. King? Now, if you don’t know that Cawood
Ledford was the “Voice of the Wildcats” for decades, get thee to the KAHF shrine
and take notes! And what did John Tong always urge you to do following
We were thrilled when Tori Murden-McClure
successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. But Bobby Nichols wielded a
putter, instead of oars.” “Little Louie” Dampier was one of “Rupp’s Runts,” but
who made up the “Fabulous Five” and the “Fiddlin’ Five” teams? Who wore
number 11 and had his jersey retired by the New York Giants? What female
basketball star went to the same Louisville high school as that gridiron great?
The Wall of Fame knows!
Adolph Rupp at UK was simply called “the man in
the brown suit,” but other Bluegrass State sports legends had colorful monikers.
Consider U of L’s Johnny Unitas, who was “Mr. Quarterback” during his legendary
NFL career with the Baltimore Colts. Harold “Pee-Wee” Reese became a Brooklyn
Dodger, but he remained a Kentuckian, through and through. Do you know their
stories? Do your offspring know about them? Do you know that Paul “Bear” Bryant
was the University of Kentucky coach for eight years?
Other Kentucky sports figures with memorable
nicknames and just as colorful exploits include John “Shipwreck” Kelly, Wallace
“Wah Wah” Jones, Charles “Cotton” Nash and, of course, “The Greatest,” Muhammad
You remember him as “Junior” Bridgeman, but his
given name is Ulysses. And while, in each case, Alfred is his real name, we know
them as “Sonny” Collins and “Butch” Beard.
Maybe it’s about time you learned more about
“Jumping Joe” Fulks, Jack “The Goose” Givens, Arthur “Bull” Hancock Jr., Clem
“The Gem” Haskins, Vito “Babe” Parilli and “Sweet Lou” Johnson. While those Hall
of Fame inductees — and almost 200 more — are profiled right here on this web
site’s Inductees page, a pilgrimage to the “Wall of Fame” stirs up the nostalgia
in all of us.
Was “Peck” Hickman’s first name really Bernard?
Many know that Centre College once beat the mighty Harvard in football, but what
did role “Uncle Charley” Moran play in that monumental upset? The answers are
engraved in bronze on the KAHF Walls of Fame in Freedom Hall.
Like Las Vegas headliners, some Kentucky legends
can be recognized from their first names alone, for instance, Adolph and Denny,
Blanton and Howard, Richie and Cawood, Kyle and Westley. As for our own Darrell
and Darrell, one was a NASCAR star while the other led the “Doctors of Dunk.” A
stroll along the Walls of Fame is a walk through Kentucky sports history for the
The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame board member
is indebted to The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center board for its support of
this KAHF endeavor on behalf of Kosair Charities. We also are grateful to the
Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies for its longtime corporate
and for providing these plaques for display in one of Kentucky’s premier sports
The “Walls of Fame” exhibit is free and open to
the public during any sports activity or general event at Freedom Hall. While
the area housing the Walls of Fame is often accessible at other times, you may
wish to call Freedom Hall in advance about the hours the area is open and