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18 Persons in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame:

Al Oerter

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Oerter Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71, 12 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Discus throw athlete, Won Olympic Gold at four consecutive games in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968.
Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame 2005.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1976.
National High School Hall of Fame 1987.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1974.

Barry Sanders

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Barry Sanders
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1988, team:as running back. Running back.
Team:College Football Hall of Fame 2003.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1998.
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2003.
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004.
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Maxwell Award 1988.
Walter Camp Award 1988.
Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame 1999.
Bert Bell Award 1991.
Bert Bell Award 1997.

Bill Russell

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Felton Russell
Also Known As:
William F. Russell
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team:Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2005.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2011.
Dick Enberg Award 2000.
FIBA Hall of Fame 2007.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1975.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.

Bill Snyder

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Bill Snyder
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach team:Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame 2015.
College Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame 2007.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2006.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2006.
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award 1998.
Woody Hayes Trophy 2011.

Dean Smith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Dean Edwards Smith
Also Known As:
Dean E. Smith
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Basketball head coach, team:Tarheels. Recruited the university's first African-American scholarship basketball player. Pushed for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses. Supporter of Democratic party causes.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1996.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013.
Dick Enberg Award 1999.
FIBA Hall of Fame 2007.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1983.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Dummy Taylor

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Luther Haden Taylor
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher team:He was deaf and could not speak. Invented pitching signs.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2006.

Eddie Sutton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edward Eugene Sutton
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Head coach for 36 years, various colleges, a win-loss of 806-326.
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1983.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2009.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2011.
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame 1999.
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Ernest Schmidt

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest J. Schmidt
Nickname(s):
One Grand
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Earned exactly 1,000 points in his college career.
Team:Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2002.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1974.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.

James Naismith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Naismith
Also Known As:
Dr. James Naismith
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hired as a chaplain (a Presbyterian minister), invented the game of basketball as "Basket Ball" at team:Created the original 13 rules in 1892.
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame 1995.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1961.
Kansas Hall of Fame 2013.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1959.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.
Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 1978.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 1955.
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame 1986.
McGill University Sports Hall of Fame 1996.
FIBA Hall of Fame 2007.

Jim Ryun

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Ronald Ryun
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Held world record times for long distances of one mile, 1500 meters, 880 yards. Republican. United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, from the 2nd District in Kansas.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 2003.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1977.
National High School Hall of Fame 1983.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1980.

Joe Tinker

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Bert Tinker
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

"Tinkers to Evers to Chance" - see also:Shortstop.
Team:National Baseball Hall of Fame 1946.
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2004.

John McLendon

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John B. McLendon Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African American basketball coach at a predominantly white university and the first African American head coach in any professional sport.
Coached teams:Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2004.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1979.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.

Mike McCormack

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Michael Joseph McCormack
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams:As coach of manager, teams:Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor 1997.
Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor 2010.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2001.
Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984.

Phog Allen

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Clare Allen
Nickname(s):
Phog
Father of Basketball Coaching
Doc
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Basketball coach, team:Coached college basketball for 50 seasons. Also an osteopathic physician.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1961.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1959.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1952.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.

Tom Watson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Sturges Watson
Birth Date:
Age today:
67, 14 days before his 68th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Eight major championship wins.
World Golf Hall of Fame 1988.
Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2001.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1990.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1984.

Walter Johnson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Walter Perry Johnson
Nickname(s):
The Big Train
Barney
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Known for good sporrtsmanship. Record all-time career leader in shutouts with 110.
Teams:Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1961.
National Baseball Hall of Fame 1936.
Orange County Sports Hall of Fame 1981.

Wilt Chamberlain

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Wilton Norman Chamberlain
Nickname(s):
Wilt The Stilt
Birth Date:
Age today:
81, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Brief Facts:

7' 1" Center for team:Only NBA player to make 100 points in a single game.
Movie:California Sports Hall of Fame 2007.
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1997.
Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2004.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1979.
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006.
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