The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Communication Award winners. The 11 winners were presented the ISHY trophy Oct. 28 during the Evening of Champions dinner at the group’s annual conference hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

“Every year ISHA member institutions submit examples of their success engaging their sport heritage community and the annual awards earn recognition as some of the best in our industry,” ISHA Awards Committee Chairperson Paula Homan said. “The 2014 Communication Award winners earn an ISHY trophy and the opportunity to leverage that win into some well-deserved attention within their market.”

The 2014 ISHY winners are:

  • Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame for A Century of Sport in the Finnish Community of Thunder Bay
  • The Paul W. Bryant Museum for Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for 2014 College Baseball Night of Champions Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Show
  • 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sport Museum for its Detailed Exhibition Report
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for College Diamonds, the Official Magazine of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers for 49ers Alumni Magazine, 2014 edition
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame for its Visitor Guide Brochure
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for its Physical Education Curriculum
  • Kentucky Derby Museum for It’s My Derby fundraising campaign
  • USGA Museum for More than a Game, a short film video
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame for its website,
  • The Best in Show award went to the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

The 44th annual International Sports Heritage Association conference, titled Setting the Stage for Success, kicked off Monday, Oct. 27 in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is being hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame located in Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

The conference began with a visit to gold-medal sponsor 1220 Exhibits’ headquarters. After a tour of the fabrication areas, 1220’s Doug Zellman, who handles the company’s creation and installation of artifact mounts, led a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making.

Zellman showed the different types of artifact mounts 1220 uses in sports museums to support artifacts such as sports balls, golf clubs, helmets, gloves, baseball bats, rings and jerseys with materials such as plexiglass, metals such as brass and aluminum, and acrylic.

The delegates than returned to Bridgestone Arena for a session titled, The Power of Programming led by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame President Dana Hart and Country Music Hall of Fame Director of Public Programming and Outreach Ali Tonn. The session was sponsored by HealyKohler Design.

The day’s final session was a guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame located just steps from Bridgestone Arena. The session was sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 24th annual class on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Therese Forton-Barnes, president of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame welcomed more than 900 attendees and guests, including several past inductees. Handling Master of Ceremonies duties for the evening was Paul Peck, voice of UB Buffalo Bulls football.

This year’s class joins a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers and those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days. The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on our athletes of tomorrow. Proceeds from the dinner, auction and raffle benefit the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Amateur Sports Development Fund.

Class of 2014 included:

  • E.J. “Skip” Doyle – a sailor and one of the winningest skippers on Lake Ontario and for the Youngstown Yacht Club
  • Ed Kilgore – a veteran broadcaster for 40 years, and a community advocate who raised more than $40,000 for Kids Escaping Drugs.
  • Larry Veronica – Bennett High School Coaching Legend
  • Vicki Mitchell – One of the most distinguished athletes and international competitors in the Western New York running community.
  • Jim Ritcher – A Buffalo Bills first round draft pick (1980) who played in two All-Pro games and started four Super Bowls with the Bills.
  • Erik Schlopy – A skier from Colden, N.Y. who is a three-time U.S. Olympian, and seven-time U.S. National Champion.
  • Robert “Rip” Simonick – the last original Sabres employee whose far reaching impact has been felt both on and off the ice in Buffalo and throughout the NHL.
  • Dale Tepas – a five-time All-Catholic, two-time All-Western New York and one of the greatest high school athletes in WNY history.

The Pride of WNY inducted posthumously this year:

  • Howard Ehmke – a 15-year Major League veteran, who won 20 games for the Red Sox (1923), including a no-hitter.
  • Edith Johnson Miller – a five-time National Women’s Bicycle Champion, and three-time national champion in speed-skating.
  • Clint Small – a legendary football and baseball coach for the Tonawanda Warriors, he led the football team to a record of 108-69-15, including five league championships, and not a single losing season from 1956 to 1972.
  • Ernie Warlick – Known for his gigantic hands and gentle personality, he caught 90 passes for over 1,500 yards during his four-year career and was an important member of the Bills’ 1964 and ’65 AFL Championship teams.

DENVER COLO. – Led by five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups and two-time MLB Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, the Selection Committee of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame voted six individuals to be inducted at the 51stannual banquet April 2, 2015 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

Joining Billups and Halladay as inductees at the April banquet are John Dikeou, John Gagliardi, Becky Hammon and Warren Mitchell as the Class of 2015 was selected here Tuesday (October 14, 2014).  The Selection Committee will pick the 2014 Athletes-of-the-Year at a January 2015 meeting as the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame recognizes collegiate, high school, Olympic and professional athletes at the Denver Marriott City Center banquet.

During Billups’ 17-season NBA career with seven teams, he played in 1,043 regular-season games where he averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 assists per game.  Selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, Billups played with the Celtics (1997-1998), Toronto Raptors (1998-1999), Minnesota Timberwolves (2000-2002), New York Knicks (2011) and Los Angeles Clippers (2001-2013).  He was hired Tuesday by ESPN as an NBA studio analyst for the 2014-2015 season.

Nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot” for making late-game shots, Billups was selected as the most valuable player of the 2004 NBA finals after leading the Larry Brown-coached Pistons to the championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.  Billups played on teams that advanced to the post-season 12 times as he averaged 17.3 points and 5.7 assists per playoff game.

A Denver native, Billups was a four-time All-State pick at George Washington High School where he started as a freshman.  He was Colorado’s Mr. Basketball three times and the state’s player of the year as a sophomore and as a junior.  He was also selected to the 1995 McDonald’s All-American Team.

Billups averaged 18.5 points per game over his two seasons at the University of Colorado where he was an All-Big 12 Conference performer and led the Buffs to the 1997 NCAA Championships and the school’s first NCAA tournament victory in over 30 years with an 80–62 win over Indiana.  Billups was honored by CU in 2004 by being the fifth player to have his jersey (No 4) retired.

An eight-time All-Star, Halladay pitched 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays (1998-2009) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2010-2013) where he posted a 203-105 record with a 3.38 earned run average and 2,117 strikeouts.  He completed 67 of his 390 MLB starts with 20 shutouts.  Halladay, who won 20 or more games in a season three times (2003, 2008 and 2010), is one of five pitchers in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award in both the American (2003) and National (2010) Leagues.

After completing his prep career at Arvada West High School, Halladay was the Blue Jays’ first draft selection in 1995 as the 17th pick overall.  During his first year with the Phillies in 2010, he became the fifth pitcher in MLB history (and the first since Nolan Ryan in 1973) to throw multiple no-hitters in the same season.  Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history against the Florida Marlins followed by the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds.

A Denver real estate businessman, Dikeou purchased the Denver Bears in 1984 and its Major League Baseball territorial rights with the intent of bringing a big league team to the Mile High City.  He began his campaign by renaming the team the Denver Zephyrs and hiring Robert Howsam, Jr. (the Howsam family had been involved with MLB since 1910) to be the team’s General Manager.

A standout football player and track athlete at Denver East High School in the 1950s, Dikeou spent the next eight years promoting Colorado’s interest obtaining a MLB team along with drafting legislation in 1990 with Neil Macey and State Representative Kathi Williams to charge a 1/10th of 1¢ sales tax through a proposed stadium authority.

Dikeou helped fund the campaign to get legislative approval to place it on the ballot.  The sales tax initiative passed, bringing the seven metropolitan counties together to build Coors Field.  This new tax generated so much revenue that the Coors Field bonds were paid off 10 years earlier than expected.  The continued revenue was then used to build Invesco Field at Mile High (now Sports Authority Field at Mile High) for the Denver Broncos.

A major supporter of Rev. Leon Kelly’s Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives for the past 25 years, the Colorado Symphony, 100 Club, Boy Scouts, Dikeou was a founding member of University of Colorado’s football scholarship donor program and has provided a full scholarship for each of the last 35 years.

Hammon competed 16 seasons in the WNBA where she was named one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July 2011.  She ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (5,841), fourth in assists (1,708), second in three-point shots made (829) and sixth in games played (450).  A six-time WNBA All-Star, Hammon averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 27.9 minutes during her career. She has earned All-WNBA First Team honors twice (in 2007 and 2009) and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 2005 and 2008.

A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon went unpicked in the 1999 WNBA Draft.  She signed with the New York Liberty in May of 1999 and spent eight seasons with the Liberty before being traded to the San Antonio Stars in a draft night deal in 2007.  She also played three seasons in the National Women’s Basketball League for the Tennessee Fury (2002-2003) and the Colorado Chill (2004-2006).  Hammon also played overseas for seven season with the Trentino Rovereto Basket (2001-2002), Rivas Ecópolis (2006-2007), CSKA Moscow (2007-2009), Ros Casares Valencia (2009-2010), Orenburg (2010-2011) and Spartak (2011-2012).

Hammon’s prolific scoring for Colorado State made her an All-American as well as Colorado Sportswoman of the Year.  She led her team to a 33–3 record in the 1998-1999 season and helped them advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen. She was named the WAC Mountain Division player of the year for the 1998-1999 season and surpassed University of Utah player Keith Van Horn as the WAC’s all-time leading scorer.

A three-time Colorado Sports Hall of Fame collegiate athlete of the year, Hammon set many Colorado State all-time records, including points (2,740), points per game (21.9), field goals made (918), free throws made (539), three-point field goals made (365) and assists (538).  She received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as the best senior player under 5-8 in 1999.

Hammon was inducted into the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and her No. 25 Colorado State jersey was retired at the Moby Arena in 2005.  Hammon became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008 and represented the Russian national team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.  Hammon was hired this past August by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach, becoming the second female assistant coach in NBA history but the first full-time assistant coach.  This also makes her the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the men’s four major professional sports in North America.

A native of Trinidad, Gagliardi ended his collegiate career in 2012 as the winningest football coach of all-time with a 489-138-11 (77.5) per cent.  Gagliardi’s 64 years of coaching is the most in college football surpassing the old record of 57 years held by former University of Chicago and University of the Pacific coach Amos Alonzo Stagg (1890-1946).

Gagliardi coached 60 seasons at Saint John’s (Minn.) University where he posted a record of 465-132-10 (.774) record and won four national championships (1963, 1965, 1976 and 2003).  Prior to Saint John’s, Gagliardi posted a 24-6-1 record at Montana’ Carroll College where he won three league titles.

A 1949 graduate from Colorado College and the first active head coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2006), Gagliardi began his coaching career at Trinidad (Colo.) Catholic after the head coach was drafted into World War II.  Gagliardi, as captain, took over the reins at the age of 16 in 1943.  His teams won four conference titles in Gagliardi’s six years of coaching high school at Trinidad Catholic and St. Mary’s in Colorado Springs.

Mitchell, who was inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008, amassed 117 seasons of coaching at Limon High School over 55 years, including 55 years as head boys track coach, 28 as an assistant football coach, 27 as head basketball coach and nine as head football coach where he succeeded legendary Badgers coach Lloyd Gaskill.  In all, Mitchell won 17 state championships as a head coach (12 in track) and 17 titles as a football assistant.  He was an assistant on football teams with 42- and 43-game winning streaks during the 1960s and several dominant track teams.

Tickets are $200 each and Sponsor tables start at $2,500.  For additional for ticket and table information, please telephone the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (, 720/258-3535).  The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is located at Gate 1 on the west side of Sports Authority Field at Mile High at 1701 Bryant Street in Denver.

Since its inception in 1965, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 234 individuals prior to Tuesday’s selection meeting.  The first class of inductees featured Earl “Dutch” Clark, Jack Dempsey and former Supreme Court justice Byron “Whizzer” White.  Otis Armstrong, Forrest B. “Frosty” Cox, Andy Gambucci, Darian Hagan, Todd Helton and Dorothy Mauk were inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame this past April.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (October 21, 2014) –The World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store will hold a Halloween costume contest on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26

Anyone 14 and younger who is in costume on either day can tour the museum at no charge, and will be able to enter the contest. A photo will be taken of each entrant, with prize winners announced before Halloween. Prizes will be awarded in 10 categories.

A panel of judges will select the winners from the photographs.

Entrants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children can enter the contest on either day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Scariest costume
  • Prettiest costume
  • Funniest costume
  • Best original/homemade costume
  • Ugliest costume
  • Best animal costume
  • Best “real” human costume
  • Best legendary/mythological/fictional character costume
  • Best makeup
  • Best sports costume

The museum is located at 525 Montgomery Pike (U.S. 15). Ticket prices are normally $5 for general admission; $3 for seniors who are 62 and older and $2 for children 12 and younger. As noted earlier, children up to age 14 in costume will be admitted free when they enter the contest on either day.

It is not necessary for the parent(s) to purchase admission to the museum, in order for a child to enter the contest.

Additional information is available by contacting the museum at 570-326-3607.

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Busy! That’s what the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has been the past few months or so.

No sooner had the group inducted 15 more performers into its Shrine, when it turned around and added another famous St. Louis athlete to its list of enshrinees, bringing to 102 the number of those inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

First off, the group held it’s Enshrinement dinner before a gathering of some 900 spectators on September 24, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. The diverse Class of 2014 included celebrities from major league baseball to volleyball to the media to coaches and athletic directors.

“It’s amazing how many players have been associated with St. Louis, either as a player, coach, official or just been on the local sports scene,” said Greg Marecek, the founder and president of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. “We’ve inducted more than 100 into our Shrine, and the list of our sixth class this year is about as strong as the first class we inducted.”

Indeed the list of those inducted in September reads like a who’s who.

Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman and Major League Hall of Famer Orlando “Cha Cha” Cepeda was on hand as was defensive back Aeneas Williams, who played on the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl championship team and who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Although she made her mark nationally at Stanford University, St. Louis area-born Kristin Folk Kaburakis accepted her plaque for her outstanding career in both basketball and volleyball with the Cardinal. Dan Kelly, perhaps the best-ever hockey announcer who made the National Hockey League come alive with the Blues, was awarded his plaque posthumously with his family accepting the award.

The entire list of awardees:

Orlando Cepeda, Baseball                  Dan Kelly, Media                        Connie Price Smith, Track

Al Ferrari, Basketball                          Gus Otto, Football                     Harry Statham, Basketball

Gene Gieselmann, Sports Medicine    Bob Plager, Hockey                    Brian Sutter, Hockey

Ed Hightower, Official                       John Schael, Athletic Director    Taylor Twellman, Soccer

Todd Joerling, Softball                                                                            Aeneas Williams, Football

Kristin (Folkl) Kaburakis, Basketball/Volleyball


No sooner had that dinner ended when Marecek and Co. was planning for the induction of quarterback Kurt Warner, who directed the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bow XXXIV, at a luncheon Oct. 13 at the downtown Missouri Athletic Club.

Warner, who played in three Super Bowls (one with the Arizona Cardinals), was ushered into the St. Louis Shrine with the help of two of his former coaches with the Rams – head coach Dick Vermeil and offensive line coach Jim Hanifan. The two coaches joined Warner on the podium for a question and answer session from Marecek and historical consultant Ron Jacober.

But the tireless work of the St. Louis Hall of Fame has already begun work on its next project … the induction of Gary Player, who won the United States Open golf championship in 1965 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in a dramatic playoff.

Player is one of only five golfers in history to win the career Grand Slam of golf – the others are golf’s all-time greats Gene Sarazan, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Player’s dramatic victory is credited with catapulting St. Louis into the national spotlight picture for the PGA tour.

Other legends of golf are expected to be on hand when Player is inducted on Monday, April 27.







  • Audio Tour Reno: During the month of September an audio tour was installed in the museum’s satellite location in the National Bowling Stadium located in Reno, Nevada. If you are in the Reno area give the museum a quick visit for free and scan the QR codes attached to each case to learn a little more about the exhibit and the history of the wonderful sport of bowling.
  • Online Auction: The museum’s first online auction ran during the beginning of October. The museum auctioned off several pieces of sports memorabilia including an autographed Chris Paul Clippers jersey, an autographed Early Anthony photo, a collectible AMF plate, a photograph autographed by Dick Weber and Joe Norris, Vise golf irons, and two Tony Reyes posters with the autographs of several Hall of Famers. The money from the proceeds go directly to the Hall of Fame. Visit to support the museum.
  • Free Saturdays: The museum is hosting two free Saturday events in October on the 18th and the 25th. The museum is opening its doors and offering free admission to all visitors. The first 30 kids on each day will receive a free pin bank which they can decorate. In addition there will be arts and crafts, refreshments provided by Whole Foods, and a take home goody bag.

The stars were out to see ten new members of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame which were inducted at the annual Induction Ceremony on October 5, 2014. This year’s class included: eight-time state championship football coach from Smith Center Roger Barta, long-time University of Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds, eight-time state championship football coach at three different classifications Bill Freeman, 1952 NCAA Basketball Champion and 1952 Olympic Basketball gold medalist Charlie Hoag, 2004 Olympian and fourteen time All-American swimmer Caroline Bruce McAndrew, K-State’s all-time rebounding leader Ed Nealy, one of the winningest collegiate baseball coaches of all-time Gene Stephenson, four-time NAIA All-American at Emporia State Bill Tidwell, two-time KU basketball All-American Walt Wesley, and two-time K-State basketball All-American Chuckie Williams.

Nearly 300 attendees heard the lessons and stories of these great inductees at the ceremony. The ceremony was recorded by Smoky Hills Public Television and will air throughout the Kansas public television stations later this fall.

This year’s class of ten inductees brings the total number of inductees to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to 237. For more pictures, please visit our website at or our photos on our Facebook page at: