Virtual Induction Ceremony Viewing Information

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 52nd Annual Induction Ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The ASHOF Class of 2020 is as follows:

RONNIE BROWN

SYLVESTER CROOM

DOUG KENNEDY

Q.V. LOWE

WOODY MCCORVEY

JORGE POSADA

DUANE REBOUL

STEVE SHAW

The Induction Ceremony will also include several special awards: Robbie Robertson will be honored as the 2020 Distinguished American Sportsman; Paul Finebaum will be honored as the 2020 Mel Allen Media Award recipient; Don Hawkins will be honored as the 2020 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient; and Brodie Croyle will be honored as the Inaugural Starr-Sullivan Achievement Award recipient.

The Ceremony will be broadcast on WOTM. Attached is a viewing map with information on how to access WOTM in local areas. Viewers can stream the broadcast online at wotm.tv. The link will also be available on the ashof.org homepage.

ASHOF Class of 2020 to be Inducted Through Virtual Induction Ceremony

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 52nd Annual Induction Ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in lieu of the previously scheduled Induction Banquet.

“While we are very disappointed that we are not able to honor the Class of 2020 at a banquet, we are very thankful technology will allow us to still induct these sports heroes in a way that is safe for everyone,” said Scott Myers, Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

The ASHOF has worked out an agreement with WOTM TV to broadcast the induction ceremony on the WOTM channel throughout Alabama, and online at ashof.org and wotm.tv. The show will air on August 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m. CST. The ASHOF Induction Ceremony emcee Ryan Brown will serve as host of the broadcast.

More detailed viewing information will be made available on the ashof.org website and ASHOF social media channels. The ASHOF Museum can be reached at (205) 323-6665.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Honors Brodie Croyle Inaugural Starr-Sullivan Achievement Award

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Brodie Croyle will be the inaugural recipient of the Starr-Sullivan Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Brodie Croyle was born on February 6, 1983 in Rainbow City, AL. As quarterback at the University of Alabama from 2002-2005, Croyle was MVP of the Cotton Bowl during his senior season and a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was drafted 85th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft where he played five seasons before finally closing the book on his football career. 

Croyle serves as Executive Director of Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance. Founded by his father, John Croyle, in 1974, Big Oak exists to serve orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children and has been home to more than 2,000 children.

Named in honor of two extraordinary men from Alabama, Bart Starr and Pat Sullivan, the Starr-Sullivan Achievement Award recognizes a former collegiate quarterback that exhibits exemplary character and has made a significant contribution in his community.

The 52nd Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Honors Don Hawkins 2020 Frank “Pig” House Award

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Don Hawkins will be recognized as the 2020 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient at the 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

The Frank “Pig” House Award is given to someone who has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama, and whom the Board of Directors feels worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s first Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

Don Hawkins has played an instrumental role in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and its banquet operations since the first class was inducted in 1969. Hawkins assisted Chairman Frank “Pig” House with the first banquet program; and over the past 51 years, he has coordinated everything from inductee travel arrangements, to memorabilia curation. In the early 1980s, he worked on the team that designed the original ASHOF Museum in Birmingham. The ASHOF would not be what it is today without his selfless contributions.

He joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Frank “Pig” House Award recipients. They are: Sammy Dunn (2004), Avalee Willoughby (2007), Buddy Anderson (2014), and Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV (2017).

The 52nd Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Honors Paul Finebaum 2020 Mel Allen Media Award

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Paul Finebaum will be recognized as the 2020 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Paul Finebaum is a longtime sports talk radio host known by many as a leading sports authority in the South. He joined ESPN in August 2013 as host of the The Paul Finebaum Show. In addition to hosting The Paul Finebaum Show, he serves as a weekly analyst on SEC Nation, the traveling pregame show for the SEC Network. He also appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenterCollege Football LiveCollege GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine. Prior to joining ESPN, Finebaum served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network (2001-2012). Finebaum arrived in Birmingham in 1980 and became an award-winning columnist and investigative reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald and later the Mobile Press-Register. From 2011-2012, Finebaum wrote a college football column for Sports Illustrated. In January 2012, Bleacher Report named Finebaum one of the “25 Most Influential People” in college football. Finebaum is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee and resides in Charlotte with his wife.

Finebaum joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), and Cecil Hurt (2019).

The 52nd Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Honors Robbie Robertson 2020 Distinguished American Sportsman

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Roy “Robbie” William Robertson, Jr. will be recognized as the 2020 Distinguished American Sportsman at the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

A native of Birmingham, Robbie Robertson is a graduate of Samford University. After serving in the United States Army, he began his career in business, and later founded the Colonnade Group. Robertson’s innovative ideas, passion for relationships, and his ability to build effective management and production teams have led to Colonnade Group’s reputation as the preeminent provider of custom event management and hospitality solutions in intercollegiate and professional athletics. Robertson’s love of Birmingham and giving back to his community is reflected through his service. He serves as the President of the Crippled Children’s Foundation Board of Directors, and serves on the boards of the Wedgewood Links to Life Charities, the Monday Morning Quarterback Club (where he is a past captain and recipient of the Hall Thompson Distinguished Member Award), Grandview Medical Center, and Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin. In 2010, he was inducted into the University of Alabama School of Human Environmental Sciences Hospitality Management Hall of Fame. He is married to Lori Robertson, who works alongside him at Colonnade Group, and he has four children.

Robertson joins an impressive list of others who have been honored as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Sportsmen. They are: Hall Thompson (1987), Bob Hope (1988), Jack Warner (1989), Ray Scott (1990), Hugh Culverhouse (1991), Dr. James Andrews (1992), Former President George H.W. Bush (1992), Charles O. Finley (1993), Dr. David Bronner (1994), Dr. Wilford Bailey (1995), Tom York (1996), Dr. Larry Lemak (1997), Larry D. Striplin Jr. (1998), Bill Ireland (2000), Bill Legg (2001), John Croyle (2002), Roy Kramer (2003), George Mann (2004), Jim Wilson Jr. (2005), Michael E. Stephens (2006), David Housel (2007), Mal Moore (2007), Joseph Gibbs (2008), Ronald Bruno (2009), Nick Bollettieri (2009), Mickey Newsome (2010), Rick Woodward (2010), Don Logan (2011), Dr. Kennith Blankenship (2014), Charles Kelley (2014), Ron Froehlich (2015), Mike Slive (2015), Edgar Welden (2016), Pete Derzis (2017), Dr. Gaylon McCollough (2017), Jimmy Rane (2018), Daniel Moore (2019), and Senator Jabo Waggoner (2019).

The 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2020

The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on May 2, 2020. The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee; votes were tabulated by the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The newly elected inductees for the Class of 2020 are as follows:

RONNIE BROWN

SYLVESTER CROOM

DOUG KENNEDY

Q.V. LOWE

WOODY MCCORVEY

JORGE POSADA

DUANE REBOUL

STEVE SHAW

Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 52nd Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 369.

The 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on May 2, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

CLASS OF 2020 BIOGRAPHIES:

RONNIE BROWN – FOOTBALL | Born December 12, 1981 in Rome, GA.  He played running back at Auburn University from 2000-2004.  He finished seventh in school history in rushing yards and fifth in rushing touchdowns. He was the 2003 Citrus Bowl MVP.  Drafted second overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft, he started at running back the first four weeks of the season.  In the 2008 season, he had 916 yards and ten touchdowns, leading to his Pro Bowl selection.  In 2010, he started all 16 games with the Dolphins. He played six seasons with Miami and went on to play with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans. He retired in 2014 with the Chargers.

SYLVESTER CROOM – FOOTBALL – COACHING | Born September 25, 1954 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Croom played center from 1972-1974 at the University of Alabama. During his college career he was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and also earned All-American honors. Croom helped the Crimson Tide win three SEC championships and the National Championship in 1973. He played one year in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints before returning to Tuscaloosa to coach. Croom was an assistant at Alabama for 11 seasons under Coach Paul Bryant and Coach Ray Perkins. He then spent 17 years coaching in the NFL.  In 2004, he was named Head Coach at Mississippi State University, making him the first African-American head football coach in the Southeastern Conference. For the 2007 season, Croom was voted SEC Coach of the Year. After Croom’s time at Mississippi State, he served as running backs coach in the NFL for the Rams, Jaguars, and Titans.

DOUG KENNEDY – PARALYMPIAN | Born November 13, 1958 in Haleyville, AL.  He is a Paralympic athlete that holds many world records. In 1991, at the age of 33, Kennedy dominated as the top wheelchair racer in the U.S. He was the world record holder for the 1500m, the 10K, the 15K, and the 5-mile. He was a gold medalist in the 1990 Goodwill Games in the 1500m. He was on the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Paralympic Teams. His career began in 1987 when he won the silver medal in the Stoke-Mandeville Games in Albany, England in the pentathlon. He went on to win two gold medals for the U.S. National Pentathlon team in 1987 and 1988. Kennedy’s career was unmatched in 1990 as he was considered the greatest wheelchair racer in the world. He was given the Sington Award as the Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year for the State of Alabama.

Q.V. LOWE – BASEBALL | Born January 15, 1945 in Red Level, AL.  He played at both Gulf Coast Community College and Auburn University. As a pitcher at Auburn, he went 23-3 with a winning percentage of .885 in two years. He set an Auburn record at that time of a career ERA of 1.69 and most complete games in one season (10). During his senior season he went 15-1 and helped lead Auburn to the 1967 College World Series. After his playing career, he was a coach and manager in the minor leagues for the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Montreal Expos farm teams. In 1986 he established the baseball program at Auburn University-Montgomery. He won 1,127 games at AUM, and led them to the NAIA World Series three times, finishing second in 1990. His teams won six conference championships and he was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1990. In 2007, he was named Alabama Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year; the Auburn Walk of Fame in 1998; and the Alabama Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.

WOODY MCCORVEY – FOOTBALL – COACHING | Born September 30, 1950 in Grove Hill, AL. He played quarterback at Alabama State from 1968-1971. After starting in the high school ranks, he began his collegiate coaching career in 1978 with NC Central. He has held positions at the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M, Clemson, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. During his 26 plus years in college football, McCorvey has been a part of five national championship teams and 31 bowl games. Since 2008, he has been an Associate AD for Football Administration at Clemson under Coach Dabo Swinney.

JORGE POSADA – BASEBALL | Born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He played collegiately at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama, where he was selected as co-captain and named to the All-Conference Team in 1991. He was drafted in the 24th Round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. He played 17 seasons, all with the Yankees. He was a five-time American League All-Star. He was also a five-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. The Yankees won four World Series during his career. He is only the fifth Major League catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 RBIs in a career. From 2000 to 2011, he compiled more RBIs and home runs than any other catcher in baseball.  He is the only Major League catcher to ever bat .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs, and 90 RBIs in a single season.

DUANE REBOUL – BASKETBALL – COACHING | Born November 9, 1948 in New Orleans, LA. He was the basketball coach at Birmingham-Southern College for 17 years and became the winningest coach in school history with 402 wins. He led the Panthers to two NAIA National Championships (1990 and 1995), six conference championships and nine tournament appearances. His team had twelve 20-win seasons and averaged 23.6 wins per year. In BSC’s first full year of eligibility in NCAA Division I basketball they were co-champions of the Big South Conference (2004). He was named Coach of the Year in the Big South Conference twice.  His Panthers had a 44-game winning streak that spanned two seasons (1995 and 1996). In the 1998 season they won their first 20 games.

STEVE SHAW – FOOTBALL – OFFICIATING | Born June 11, 1959 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He began his officiating career after his graduation from the University of Alabama. He worked high school football for 14 seasons with the Birmingham Football Officials Association. His first role as a collegiate official was with the Gulf South Conference where he officiated for six years. Following his time with the GSC, he served as a referee in the Southeastern Conference for 15 years. He was selected for 14 post-season assignments, including two National Championship Games, eight BCS Bowls, and four SEC Championship Games. Shaw was President of the SEC Football Officials Association from 2009-2011. He was named Coordinator of Football Officials for the SEC in 2011. He has received numerous officiating awards including the Rush Lester Silver Dollar Award and the Bobby Gaston – Ed Dudley Spirit of Officiating Award.