Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
Alphabetical Honor Roll of All Years:
With Plaque Inscriptions
W. A. ALEXANDER
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."
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."
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.
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
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
EROS B. (CY) BARGER
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.
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.
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
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
ALFRED "BUTCH" BEARD
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 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.
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
DAVID RUSSELL "GUS" BELL
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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Plaque Inscriptions (continued)
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
KING KELLY COLEMAN
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
DR. RUDY ELLIS
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
CLARENCE "BIG HOUSE" GAINES
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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BEN A. JONES
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
JOHN SIMMS KELLY
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.
1974-1975 KENTUCKY COLONELS
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.
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.
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.
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
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
WATHEN R. KNEBELKAMP
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
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
D. WAYNE LUCAS
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
S. T. ROACH
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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"
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 6879, 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SUSIE SHIELDS WHITE
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.
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
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.
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
WILLIAM T. YOUNG
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.
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