KAHF Officers and Board of Directors
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2013 KAHF Officers
2013 Board of Directors
Steve Canfield  

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Joe McGehee
Valerie Owens-Combs Gary Meeker
Gordon Crawford David Owen
Lew Davis Wally Oyler
Dick Gabriel Jack Proctor
Lloyd Gardner Joe Pusateri
Tim Hellige Ron Sheeran
John Hubbuch
Hal Smith
John Karem
Thomas Steltenkamp
Steven McCormick
Glen E. Stuckel

Our 2013 KAHF Advisors 

2013 KAHF Nominating Committee

Jim Ellis and Dick Gabriel, Co- Chairman
John Asher Fred Cowgill Tony Cruise
Jody Demling Mike Embry C. Ray Hall
Connie Leonard Bill Malone Steve Moss
Bob Pace Paul Rogers Ron Sheeran
Jennifer Smith Mark Story Kent Taylor
Bob White



Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Walls of Fame


Freedom Hall

Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center

 You are not only invited, but urged to visit the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center’s Freedom Hall in Louisville to see the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s permanent “Walls of Fame” exhibit, a tribute to Kentucky sports achievement at all levels of competition.

 Each Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a beautifully engraved bronze plaque on display on the first level of Freedom Hall. It’s a chance to recall sports feats of an earlier day as well as a way to introduce the kids and grandkids to the diverse heritage of Kentucky sports.

 Engraved plaques for each inductee bear their likeness and provide short biographical information, including the date of induction into the KAHF. Stroll along and recall the memories that are stirred as you recognize the names and recall the accomplishments of such Kentucky sports standouts as Eddie Arcaro, Ralph Beard, King Kelly Coleman, Earle Combs, Keene Daingerfield, Paul Hornung and Dan Issel.

 Those of us with “mileage” fondly recall Western’s Ed Diddle and his red towel. And Joe B. Hall is a household name, but can you recite the feats of “Indian Joe” Guyton? Remember promoter William H. King? Now, if you don’t know that Cawood Ledford was the “Voice of the Wildcats” for decades, get thee to the KAHF shrine and take notes! And what did John Tong always urge you to do following ballgames?

We were thrilled when Tori Murden-McClure successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. But Bobby Nichols wielded a putter, instead of oars.” “Little Louie” Dampier was one of “Rupp’s Runts,” but who made up the “Fabulous Five” and the “Fiddlin’ Five” teams? Who wore number 11 and had his jersey retired by the New York Giants? What female basketball star went to the same Louisville high school as that gridiron great? The Wall of Fame knows!

 Adolph Rupp at UK was simply called “the man in the brown suit,” but other Bluegrass State sports legends had colorful monikers. Consider U of L’s Johnny Unitas, who was “Mr. Quarterback” during his legendary NFL career with the Baltimore Colts. Harold “Pee-Wee” Reese became a Brooklyn Dodger, but he remained a Kentuckian, through and through. Do you know their stories? Do your offspring know about them? Do you know that Paul “Bear” Bryant was the University of Kentucky coach for eight years?

 Other Kentucky sports figures with memorable nicknames and just as colorful exploits include John “Shipwreck” Kelly, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, Charles “Cotton” Nash and, of course, “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.

 You remember him as “Junior” Bridgeman, but his given name is Ulysses. And while, in each case, Alfred is his real name, we know them as “Sonny” Collins and “Butch” Beard.

 Maybe it’s about time you learned more about “Jumping Joe” Fulks, Jack “The Goose” Givens, Arthur “Bull” Hancock Jr., Clem “The Gem” Haskins, Vito “Babe” Parilli and “Sweet Lou” Johnson. While those Hall of Fame inductees — and almost 200 more — are profiled right here on this web site’s Inductees page, a pilgrimage to the “Wall of Fame” stirs up the nostalgia in all of us.   

Was “Peck” Hickman’s first name really Bernard? Many know that Centre College once beat the mighty Harvard in football, but what did role “Uncle Charley” Moran play in that monumental upset? The answers are engraved in bronze on the KAHF Walls of Fame in Freedom Hall.

 Like Las Vegas headliners, some Kentucky legends can be recognized from their first names alone, for instance, Adolph and Denny, Blanton and Howard, Richie and Cawood, Kyle and Westley. As for our own Darrell and Darrell, one was a NASCAR star while the other led the “Doctors of Dunk.” A stroll along the Walls of Fame is a walk through Kentucky sports history for the whole family.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame board member is indebted to The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center board for its support of this KAHF endeavor on behalf of Kosair Charities. We also are grateful to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies for its longtime corporate sponsorship and for providing these plaques for display in one of Kentucky’s premier sports facilities.

 The “Walls of Fame” exhibit is free and open to the public during any sports activity or general event at Freedom Hall. While the area housing the Walls of Fame is often accessible at other times, you may wish to call Freedom Hall in advance about the hours the area is open and available.

Phone: (502) 367-5000.

Web site: http://www.kyfairexpo.org


The most direct access to Freedom Hall and the KAHF display is to enter the Fairgrounds from the Crittenden Drive side and proceed directly to the facility.  Come visit the Walls of Fame soon!