Fifteen inductees, one high school program and one university program will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 29th, at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.
|The enshrinement events will kick-off with a reception presented by Meek's - The Builder's Choice at the Hall of Fame from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.||The enshrinement ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. with a reception at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, with the banquet immediately afterwards.|
Honorees entering the Hall of Fame this year are highlighted by:
* Jim Edmonds, who played in the outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals: In eight full seasons with the Cardinals, Edmonds made three All-Star appearances and in 2000 became the first Cardinals outfielder ever to hit 40 home runs in a season. In 2004, Edmunds earned a Silver Slugger Award, hitting .301 with 42 home runs and driving in 111 runs. At the end of his seventeen year career, Edmonds retired with a .988 fielding percentage and eight Gold Gloves, six of which came while playing for St. Louis. Edmonds hit the game-winning walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 in the 2004 LCS against Houston to send the series to Game 7.
* Emmitt Thomas, former cornerback for Kansas City Chiefs: Thomas returned to his football roots in Kansas City in 2010, joining the Chiefs as the defensive backs coach. Thomas played cornerback for 13 seasons with Kansas City '66-78 and finished his career with a franchise-record 58 interceptions. 2011 marked Emmitt's 31st season as an NFL assistant coach and his 44th overall NFL campaign. He was a member of both of Kansas City's Super Bowl squads, with the 1969-70 team winning Super Bowl IV. Thomas Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame in '86, Thomas was also enshrined into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
* Jon Sundvold, former guard for the University of Missouri: Sunvold was one of only two players in Big 8 Conference history to play on four consecutive league championship teams, Sundvold played on Mizzou team's that had a cumulative record of 100-28. A guard from Blue Springs, he twice won All-Conference, All-District and All-Big 8 Tournament honors, and was an All-American in 1983. Sunvold is one of only five Mizzou players to have his jersey retired. He played professionally for the Seattle SuperSonics, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. He was a second-team choice on the Big 8's All-Decade team, and was named the MVP of MU's own All-Decade team in the 1980s. Sundvold was a 1990 Missouri University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
* Jamie Quirk, catcher for the Kansas City Royals: During his 18-year playing career, Quirk appeared in 984 Major League games, 525 of those as a catcher. He compiled a .240 career average with 43 home runs and 247 RBI and played for a total of eight different teams, including the 1980 American League champion Royals, 1985 World Champion Royals and the 1990 AL Champion Oakland A's. Quirk originally was the Royals first-round selection and the 18th overall pick in the 1972 June Draft. An American Leaguer at heart, Quirk spent only one year in the senior circuit, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Quirk is currently the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs.
* Mel Gray, former receiver for the University of Missouri and St. Louis Football Cardinals: At the University of Missouri, Gray lettered in football and track from 1968-70. In track, Gray was an All-American once indoors and twice outdoors. In football, Gray was All-Big 8 Conference selection in 1969, when he caught 25 passes for 705 yards and a school-record nine touchdowns. He at one time held the MU career record for receiving touchdowns (14). He was chosen to MU's All-Century team in 1990. Gray was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, and was an All-Pro receiver during a career that lasted from 1971-82. Gray appeared in four-straight Pro Bowls from 1974-77 during the "Air Coryell" years.
* Al Onofrio, head football coach of the University of Missouri: In 1971, after spending 12 years as an assistant coach, Albert Joseph Onofrio was named the head football coach at the University of Missouri, a post he held until 1977. While his record hovered at the .500 level, he was noted for having pulled upsets, mainly on the road. He coached four All-Americans, and 30 NFL players. He led Missouri to two bowl games, in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl, a loss to Arizona State in Tempe, and the 1973 Sun Bowl, a win over Auburn in El Paso, Texas. A 1993 inductee to the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame, Coach Onofrio passed away on November 5, 2004.
* Mickey Owen, catcher, St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers: A native of Nixa, Missouri, Arnold Malcolm "Mickey" Owen was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1935. He made his major league debut in 1937, appearing in 80 games, and spent the next three full seasons in St. Louis before being traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941. After spending 5 seasons as the Brooklyn backstop, Owen finished out his career with the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. In a 13-season career, Mickey posted a .255 batting average with 14 home runs and 378 RBI in 1209 games. Owen passed away on July 13, 2005.
Tickets for the Enshrinement are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Tickets are on sale now and available by calling (417) 889-3100. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seat today. All proceeds will benefit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. For additional information please contact Marty Willadsen, Vice President of Operations and Administration at (417) 889-3100 or visit the Hall of Fame website at www.MoSportsHallOfFame.com.