KAHF Inductees Gallery
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame took pleasure in welcoming previous year inductees.
These Gallery entries representing each inductee are presented
by the Hall of Fame Board and Kosair Charities
to honor the inductees' individual, varied and unique
and their contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Looking back, year by year,
back from the Class of 2011 and including the Class of 2004,
this is an archive of those inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
Our first archived group presented here is the KAHF Class of 2011,
banquet crowd of some 360 people on
Wednesday evening, June 8, 2011, at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza hotel.
Inductees are in alphabetical order, and the text from each recognition
plaque is included.
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Chapman was one of the most electrifying basketball players in the history
of the commonwealth. He played two years at the University of Kentucky and
had a 12 year NBA career. Chapman was recruited by all the major colleges,
but decided on UK over UL, although he had grown up a Cardinals fan. In
December 1986, at Freedom Hall, Chapman hit Louisville for 26 points,
including 5 of 8 3-pointers. In 1998 Chapman became the first draft choice
ever by the expansion Charlotte Hornets. During his pro career, Rex averaged
14.6 points and 2.7 assists.
Bunny Daugherty was a pioneer in promoting female
athletics in Kentucky. The Sacred Heart Academy coach and administrator was more
than just a coach. She was instrumental in promoting equality for female
athletes across Kentucky long before Title IX became law, in her 49 years,
Daugherty coached basketball for 40 years, field hockey and volleyball for 37,
track, golf and tennis for 25 and gymnastics and swimming for 10 years. She won
13 state titles in basketball, golf, tennis and field hockey.
In 1970, 7’2" Artis Gilmore led Jacksonville
to the NCAA championship game. He averaged 22.3 points and 22.7 rebounds. He
signed to play for the ABA Kentucky Colonels and was named the Rookie of the
Year and the League’s MVP. In 1975 he led the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA
Basketball World Championship. When the ABA folded in 1976, the Chicago
Bulls held his rights, where he played for five years. He also played for
San Antonio, Toronto and Boston. In 19 years, he scored 24,941 points and
grabbed 16,330 rebounds.
The ultimate sports fan. In three decades as
a Louisville TV and radio personality, Ed Kallay, or ‘Uncle Ed," was truly a
jack-of-all-trades. He served as WAVE-TV and radio sports director. He was
the first television sports broadcaster in the state of Kentucky in 1948
when he signed with WAVE. During his career, he did play-by-play for
Louisville Colonels baseball, University of Louisville football and
basketball, ABA Kentucky Colonels basketball, Louisville Blades ice hockey
and the annual Male-Manual football games.
Jerry May suffered a hip injury while
attending Valley High School. He was so fascinated by his treatment, he
became interested in sports medicine. He attended Morehead State for one
year then returned to the University of Louisville and was hired as an
assistant trainer. In 1978, May became the head athletic trainer. During his
30 year career, May was honored with several national awards. In 1978, Jerry
was instrumental in getting an athletic training practice act passed by the
For more than 50 years, Phil roof experienced
every aspect of baseball. His early days in the 1950s were at Paducah St.
Johns High School. Two days after graduation, he inked his first contract
with the Milwaukee Braves for $35,000. In 1977, he retired after 15 years as
a major league catcher. He spent more than 30 years as a coach and manager
at various levels. He was a coach with the San Diego Padres, Seattle
Mariners, and Chicago Cubs. Phil spent 15 seasons as a minor league manager
for the Minnesota Twins.
At Kentucky Wesleyan, Tinsley helped the
panthers reach the championship game of the NCAA’s Division II Tournament
all four years, winning the title in 1966, ’68 and ’69, and finishing as the
runner-up in ’67. He was named All American in 1968 and ’69. He was named to
the NCAA Division II’s 50th anniversary team, along with such players as
Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe. Tinsley was drafted by professional
basketball’s Oakland Oaks of the ABA in 1969 and played four seasons with
the Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians, Kentucky Colonels and the
New York Nets.
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