2009 KAHF Inductees Gallery

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame took pleasure in welcoming its 2009 inductees.
These Gallery entries representing each inductee are presented by the Hall of Fame Board,
Kosair Charities and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, corporate sponsor of KAHF,
to honor the inductees' individual, varied and unique accomplishments
and their contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Here then is the Class of '09,  inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
before a
banquet crowd of some 450 people on
 Wednesday evening, April 29, at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza hotel.  

Inductees are in alphabetical order, and the text accompanying each photo
is from that honoree's engraved plaque, which hangs in the grand hallway of
Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. 



Click any picture for a larger, often different view, which is readily printable, plus a slideshow format.

Mike Casey
 Led Shelby County to 1966 boys' State Tournament title; 1966 Mr. Basketball; leading scorer at UK as sophomore in 1967-68, averaging 20.0 a game (Dan Issel was second at 16.4); missed 1969-70 season after breaking leg in car wreck; came back in '70-71 and finished UK career with 1,535 points (an average of 18.7), good for 13th all-time at Kentucky.





Travis Grant
 Kentucky State; set career college scoring
record at KSU (more than 4,000 points);
one-plus seasons with the LA Lakers,
more than two seasons in ABA,
where he averaged 25.2 ppg
for San Diego in 1974-75.





Patti Jo Hedges
 Western HS (Louisville),  UK – starting point guard for UK’s only SEC women’s basketball championship team, All-SEC performer;
gold medal, 1983 Pan Am team.


Elmore Just
Golfer at Flaget and Bellarmine; captained Bellarmine’s undefeated team that went to the NCAA tournament; champion at three different clubs; founded Persimmon Ridge; founded Louisville Golf Club Company (nominated by many, many friends and relatives).


Bobby Keith
Ex-Clay County High School basketball coach; state championship team -- 1987,
runners-up in 1985 and ’88.
Teams won 14 regional championships.
No other coach has taken more teams to the Sweet 16. Led Clay County to 587 victories against only 97 losses.





Marty O’Toole
A 1957 St. Xavier graduate, O'Toole was a four-time All-American and the first swimmer to win four state championships in the same event - the 100-yard breaststroke - in Kentucky high school history. After attending Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame, O'Toole, who has taught chemistry and physics at St. Xavier, coached the Tigers for two years in the early 1970s, then returned as head coach in 1989, directing St. Xavier to state titles the past 20 seasons. He has coached 23 swimmers to 49 individual state championships, along with 37 relay state titles. His swimmers set 16 state records and two national records, with 59 earning All-America status.



Dan Ulmer
Chairman of Board of Trustees for Minor League Baseball; successfully led drive to bring minor league baseball back to Louisville; organized slate of buyers to purchase Redbirds from A. Ray Smith, who wanted to move franchise; chairman of new arena construction committee; at one point ranked number three in top 10 minor league power brokers.


Maryjean Wall
Pioneer among female sports journalists in the history of the Commonwealth; when she began covering horse racing for the Lexington Herald-Leader, she was one of the only women in America on the beat. Three-time Eclipse Award winner; also won the John Hervey Award, a similar prize for writing about harness racing, three times.





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  2009 photos
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