Memphis Sports

Hall of Fame & Experience

BACKGROUND

The Memphis Sports Experience and Hall of Fame is a collaboration between Memphis Tourism and the Memphis Redbirds organization and is being led by two divisions of Memphis Tourism – the Memphis Sports and Memphis Management Group. This Bicentennial Legacy Project will open in 2019 with a MISSION to honor our area’s top athletes, coaches, administrators, and contributors by utilizing an innovative approach to educate its audience about the rich history of athletics in Memphis. The Memphis Sports Experience and Hall of Fame will be located at on the Press Level of the AutoZone Ballpark and will be a free attraction to those
attending events at the Ballpark but our goal is to make the Hall of Fame accessible year-round.

Our VISION for the future is by sharing the story of Memphis sports, the Memphis Sports Experience and Hall of Fame will serve as a vehicle to educate Memphis area youth on the value of athletics and the lessons learned through sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication and a healthy lifestyle. Join us in creating the Memphis Sports Experience and Hall of Fame and realizing our aspirations to honor the individuals and moments that make the Memphis Sports story so unique. And in doing so, educate the youth of our community of the potential that sports and athletic endeavors can have on their lives.

INAUGURAL BICENTENNIAL CLASS
BETTY BOOKER-PARKS, Memphis women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer
ISAAC BRUCE, former Memphis wide receiver, Super Bowl winner
BILL DANCE, bass fishing’s first superstar, 23-time national champion
BILLY DUNAVANT, founded The Racquet Club, owner of Memphis Showboats, led city’s drive to land an NFL expansion team
LARRY FINCH, Memphis native, former Memphis State star, former Memphis basketball coach
AVRON FOGELMAN, Memphis native, former owner of Memphis Pros, Memphis Chicks, Memphis Rogues
PENNY HARDAWAY, Memphis native, former Memphis State star, Memphis basketball coach, NBA All-Star
CLAUDE HUMPHREY, Lester High grad, Pro Football Hall of Famer
JERRY JOHNSON, won more than 800 games as basketball coach at LeMoyne-Owen College
GEORGE LAPIDES, longtime sports editor/ columnist at Memphis Press-Scimitar, hosted the country’s longest running sports radio talk show
KEITH LEE, Memphis State’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, 4 time All-American
VERDELL MATHIS, left-handed pitcher for Memphis Red Sox, four-time Negro League All-Star
TIM MCCARVER, Memphis native, 21-year MLB veteran and World Series champion, honored by the MLB Hall of Fame as a broadcaster
NIKKI MCCRAY-PENSON, Collierville alumna, two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA All-Star
CARY MIDDLECOFF, Memphis native, two-time U.S. Open winner, The Masters winner
CINDY PARLOW, Germantown alumna, two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup winner
RONNIE ROBINSON, former Memphis State basketball star
VERTIES SAILS, former Southwest Tennessee Community College basketball coach
MELANIE SMITH-TAYLOR, Olympic gold medalist - Show Jumping
FRED SMITH, founder, chairman and CEO FedEx, longtime financial supporter of pro golf and Grizzlies naming-rights deals
ROCHELLE STEVENS, Olympic gold medal sprinter
“MEMPHIS” BILL TERRY, MLB Hall of Famer, player, manager, and World Series champion

NOMINATING

Any current or former citizen of Memphis and Shelby County is allowed one nomination per year and may nominate any candidate, living or deceased, to be considered for induction into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame and Experience. Once nominated, that person remains in nomination for a period of five years or until removed from the list for a valid reason. If a person is not inducted in that time, she/he may be re-nominated.  

Note: Verification of information may be sought from nominees slated for induction if required. All information submitted shall be retained by the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.

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