BIRMINGHAM – The 42nd Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 22nd at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
The Class of 2010 includes: Reita Clanton who played volleyball and basketball at Auburn pre-NCAA years of women's sports. She was also a member of USA Team Handball in the 1984 Olympics and also coached Team Handball. Howard Cross played football at the University of Alabama and played in the NFL with the New York Giants. He was a member of the Giants 1991 Super Bowl Championship team. Robert Horry played basketball at the University of Alabama and played on seven NBA Championship teams. His nickname was "Big Shot Rob" for his last second game winning shots in the playoffs. Bobby Johns played defensive back at the University of Alabama. He spent thirty three years in the coaching profession; ended his career as the Head Coach at West Alabama. Ronald McKinnon played football at the University of North Alabama and then played ten years in the NFL. He is the first defensive player to win the Harlon Hill Award (Division II equivalent to the Heisman Trophy). Ben Tamburello played center at Auburn University, where he was a finalist for Outland and Lombardi trophies his senior year. He went on to play five years in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. Ed Salem played football at the University of Alabama; where he was a triple threat playing quarterback, defensive back and handling place kicking duties. He went on to play in both the NFL and the Canadian Football League. George "Mule" Suttles played baseball in the Negro Leagues, most notable for the Birmingham Black Barons and the St. Louis Stars. He is the all-time home run leader in the Negro Leagues and led the Stars to three pennants.
Mickey Newsome will be honored as a Distinguished Alabama Sportsman. He is the CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods and has one of the largest collections of sports memorabilia in the Southeast. Rick Woodward will be honored as a Distinguished American Sportsman. He was the owner of the Birmingham Barons in the early 1900's. He built Rickwood Field which is the oldest active ballpark in America celebrating 100 years this year.
To order tickets for the May 22nd Induction Banquet at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665; or visit www.ashof.org for more information.