Missouri announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
Four outstanding former student-athletes have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 24th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
The class will be formally inducted Saturday, February 15th, 2014 in a ceremony and celebration to be held at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus beginning at 11 a.m.
Later that day, when the Mizzou men's basketball team takes on Tennessee, the group will be recognized at halftime of the game.
Here is a look at this year's inductees, with more extensive biographical information to follow:
CLASS OF 2013
Established himself as one of the most feared pitchers in the nation during the late 2000s in a time of great success for Tiger baseball under Head Coach Tim Jamieson.
During his junior season of 2008, Crow was arguably the most dominant pitcher in the game, as he won the Roger Clemens Award, given annually to the top pitcher in college baseball, in addition to being named a consensus 1st-Team All-American.
His stats in 2008 were stellar - a perfect 13-0 record, an earned run average of 2.35, four complete-game shutouts and 127 strikeouts (10.65 per nine innings). Had a 43-inning scoreless streak during the 2008 season.
In his three years at Mizzou, Crow started 46 games, and had a final record of 23-8 with a 3.27 ERA, and following his junior season, became a first-round draft pick as the ninth selection overall in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.
He was the second Tiger ever to be drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft.
After sitting out a year, later was again drafted in the first round (#12 overall) in 2009 by the Kansas City Royals.
Made the Royals' opening day roster in 2011, and has been with the club ever since, logging 186 appearances.
He's got 172 strikeouts in 173.1 career major league innings, and he's got 14 career wins and an ERA of 3.22.
Crow won seven games in 2013 for the Royals, and was the club's lone All-Star during his rookie season of 2011.
Dan Pippin - Men's Basketball (1944, 47-49)
A native of Waynesville, Mo., who became a two-time 1st-Team All-Conference performer for the Tigers, and who helped lead Mizzou to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1944.
Ended his Tiger career with 802 points scored, which was the most in school history at the time of his departure.
Pippin led Mizzou in scoring with a 10.7 points per game average in 1948, and he won 1st-Team All-Big 6 Conference honors in both 1944 and 1947.
Following his days at Ol' Mizzou, Pippin went on to national acclaim as a he turned in a stellar post-collegiate career on the hardwood.
He also had the distinct honor of being the team captain for the United States Olympic Team which eventually won the gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
That team defeated rival Russia two times, including in the gold medal contest. Pippin scored in double figures three times in the Olympics.
John Putnam - Men's Swimming (1965-68)
One of the true pioneers for men's swimming at the University of Missouri,
John Putnam (a native of Carthage, Mo.) arrived at Mizzou as a prep All-American in 1964, the first year that the school fielded a swim team.He helped set the standard and got the program started, as he was the team's high-point scorer, most valuable performer and team captain for all four years.
Became the first-ever Mizzou swimmer to score a point at the Big 8 Conference Swim Meet, and later ended his career in 1968 with three individual and eight total Big 8 medals, as well as being the holder of MU records in nine different events, including five individual and four relays
. Placed 6th in the 100-yard freestyle in 1966, was part of 3rd-place and 6th-place relay teams in 1967, and in 1968 placed 5th in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events, while also being part of 5th-place teams in three relay events at the conference meet, setting school records in five events that year.
Ashley Wysong - Women's Track/Cross Country (1998-2000)
Was the prototype for a high-achieving student-athlete, who was a national-level competitor on the track and also in the classroom.
During her time at Mizzou, Wysong was a four-time All-American in track, specializing in the middle distance races, while she was a four-time USA Track & Field Academic All-American at the same time.
At the conference level, she was dominant, winning All-Big 12 honors 12 times, winning the Big 12 title in the outdoor 800 meters as a junior.
Following that season, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800 meters. Went on to finish her academic career at Stanford, where she earned a medical degree.
The Hall's constitution and bylaws express its purpose - "...to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics."
The current class will up the membership to 190 individuals and four teams in the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.
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