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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame highlights athletic achievements in the Show-Me State memorabilia from the St. Louis Hawk’s only NBA “Each year, we receive hundreds of nominations,” championship in 1958. Marty says. “But the team or athlete must meet one Around the corner is a collection of jerseys from of two criteria: They either have to be from Missouri every collegiate football team in Missouri, as well as or have made their mark on Missouri sports.” ntering his 43rd year at Three Rivers Comexhibits on the St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs A selection committee and board of trustees munity College in Poplar Bluff, Coach Gene and the St. Louis Cardinals football team. A highdecides on each induction class, and a ceremony is Bess has had one of the best careers in collight of the area is the NFL Pro Bowl uniform worn held annually at the end of January. lege basketball. Before the start of the curby former MU standout Roger Wehrli. This year’s class, which will be inducted Jan. 27, rent season, his record stood at 1,154-315 — a .785 A connected hallway showcases baseball history includes Cardinals’ 2006 World Series Most Valuable winning percentage that has included two national in the Show-Me State featuring the recent World junior college championships. Player David Eckstein, Royals great Mike Sweeney, Series titles of the Cardinals and famous Royals such KMOX broadcaster Rob Jacober, professional wresYet, there is no towering bronze as Bo Jackson, George Brett and Frank White. A secstatue of Coach Bess. ESPN hasn’t tler Harley Race, Hermann High School girls voltion also is dedicated to the hometown AA affiliate done a documentary about him. Howleyball coach Linda Lampkin and University of to the Cardinals — the Springfield Redbirds. ever, in the hallowed halls in SpringMissouri basketball player Joe Scott. Before heading to the second floor, don’t miss “It is a great honor for me and my famfield, Gene is honored as a paragon of Springfield exhibits on the St. Louis Blues, NASCAR greats Rusty Missouri sports history. His is one of the ily,” says Joe, whose career included suc• Wallace and Ken Schrader, a dedication to the late, cess at Gainesville High School and at many tales of greatness featured at the knickerbocker-wearing golfer Payne Stewart and the MU where he still holds the single-game Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. lost, but not forgotten, teams such as the Kansas points record of 46. “It is great to not only Since 1994, the museum in southwest City Blades and St. Louis Browns. represent MU, but the rural areas, such as Missouri has showcased the memorable moments Upstairs, a hallway is dedicated to excellence in Gainesville, for our athletic accomplishments.” from champion teams, celebrated coaches, famous sports from collegiate athletes in the Missouri Valley Joe will join the many featured in Lenox Hall, a broadcasters and many others who have made sports Conference, a history of soccer clubs in Missouri, section of the museum dedicated to contributions in the Show-Me State great. trophies from equestrian competitions and the from Missourians in basketball. Walk across the The two-story building houses an archive of plaques of inducted hall of famers. An interactive hardwood floor to view a display about Jackie Stiles, memorabilia from the state’s professional, collegiate press box plays broadcasts from radio personalities who became the first and only woman in NCAA and high school teams. Each sport has a dedicated such as Harey Carey and Jack Buck. Division I basketball to score more than 1,000 points section with interactive displays that include speechOutside, a landscaped walkway features bronze in one season; the game ball from Willard High es from the famed St. Louis Cardinals’ Manager statues of inductees honored as “Missouri Legends,” School coach George Wilson’s 500th career win; and Whitey Herzog, a basketball shooting competition, including MU’s Norm Stewart and John a ride in a NASCAR race simulator and a Kadlec, football star Dan Dierdorf, St. football passing challenge. Louis Cardinal greats Stan Musial and “I am truly privileged to rub elbows Lou Brock, as well as Buck O’Neil of the with these fellow Missouri legends,” says Kansas City Monarchs. Gene, who grew up in Oak Ridge and “I definitely recommend taking the had 12 years of success coaching Mistime to check out all the great memorasouri high school teams before being bilia,” says Chris Hamon, CEO of White hired at Three Rivers. River Valley Electric Cooperative in When Coach Bess was inducted into Branson and hall of fame board memthe hall in 1988 — along with former ber. For 15 years, the hall has worked United States senator and basketball with the co-op to provide funds for colgreat Bill Bradley — there was no official lege scholarships. “They do so much to building for the hall. promote sports in our state and to help “The hall originated in 1951 as a colout our kids. The museum itself isn’t just lection of plaques at the Missouri State for sports guys. A casual fan will enjoy Fairgrounds in Sedalia,” says Marty Willearning about all the rich history.” ladsen, vice president of operations and administration for the hall. “The plaques The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is were then moved to a conference room located at 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive and is at the Missouri State Capitol, but they open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to were not available for public viewing.” 4 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Enter John Q. Hammons. The Top: A statue of Satchel Paige sits amongst memorabilia from the St. Louis Cardinals Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior esteemed businessman and southwest baseball team. Paige was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1979 citizens, $3 for children ages 6 to 15 and is Missouri native helped fund the museafter a four-decade pitching career that included stints with the St. Louis Browns and free for children 5 and younger. Discounted um honoring all Missouri sports. Kansas City Monarchs. Above: Jimmy Rhoads of Springfield gazes upon collectibles group rates also are available. Nearly two decades later, more than from the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl championship in 2000. The hall highlights For more details, call 800-498-5678 or 300 inductees have been enshrined in achievements of the state’s professional, collegiate and high school sports teams. visit www.mosportshalloffame.com. the building. by Kyle Spradley kspradley@ruralmissouri.coop E 14 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://www.mosportshalloffame.com http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2013

Rural Missouri - January 2013
Table of Contents
Comments
Columns
Turning disabilities into abilities
Aiming to win
Outdoors
Enshrined
Out of the Way Eats
Missouri snapshots
Hearth and Home
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Around Missouri
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