On December 5, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, based in Springfield, Mo. welcomed its nine newest inductees in a ceremony at Truman State University in Kirksville. The Enshrinement Ceremonies were presented by Hillyard Inc.
The inductees included:
Dr. John D. Bailey has been patrolling the sidelines for 22 Truman State University teams since 1997. As the university??s sports physician, Dr. Bailey oversees the teams overall health and fitness and is the first one consulted when evaluating a player??s injury. Dr. Bailey received his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1990. Dr. Bailey is a key advocate in Adair County??s campaign against drug use.
Shane Cavanah from Marceline has taken six different schools to the state football playoffs. His coaching accomplishments include 17 conference championships, 16 district championships, two state runners-up titles, and one state championship in 1968 while the head coach at Princeton High School. When Shane retired, he did so with 255 wins against only 119 losses and three ties.
Bill Clark has seemingly done everything in the world of sports. He has spent time as a Major League scout, an umpire, founded the Heart of America Marathon, was one of the founders of U.S. Powerlifting Federation, served as Director of Parks and Recreation in Columbia and since 1961 has been a sports columnist for the Columbia Tribune. Bill is also an avid bird watcher.
Gary ??Skip?? Grossnickle, a product of Kirksville High, was the starting quarterback for the varsity squad as a freshman. At the high school level, he went on to garner All-American honors in football and basketball. Skip continued playing football when he enrolled at Mizzou. There he earned All-Big Eight honors and starred in the 1966 Sugar Bowl.
Gerald ??Shag?? Grossnickle is known by everyone in northeast Missouri as a hunter, a golfer, a keen fast pitch softball hurler, former sheriff and an all around conservationist. At Kirksville State Teachers College, he participated in football, baseball and track. Shag is credited with introducing wild turkey in northeastern portion of the state.
Darold Knowles, a Brunswick native, has been affiliated with 8 Major League teams over the course of his career. He is best known for his days with the Oakland A??s from 1971 ?? 74, where his team won the division title all four years and three consecutive World Series crowns starting in 1972. Darold holds a record that will never be broken when he pitched in all seven games of the 1973 World Series and posted a 0.00 E.R.A.
Ben Pitney of Hannibal started his basketball career as a eighth grader pleading for the coach not to cut him. It ended with a four year stint as the Athletic Director of Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal. Between those two points in time though, Ben played college basketball alongside the legendary Cotton Fitzsimmons, coached five years of high school basketball and 23 more years at Truman State University.
Bob Roberts has a resume that includes stops at Cairo and Atlanta, both of which he coached to a state basketball championship. His combined boys and girls coaching record to date is an impressive 871 wins against only 486 losses; an amazing .641 percentage. He is still active in coaching at Cairo.
The 1969, ??70 and ??71 Northeast Missouri State Football Teams ?? If any three teams epitomized the spirit of a ??Bulldog?? it was the three football teams of Northeast Missouri State College, now Truman State University, who garnered M.I.A.A. Conference Championships in three consecutive seasons. (Co-champions 1969, 1970 and undefeated Conference Champions in 1971). In each season, the Bulldogs were picked to finish no higher than fourth. They were coached by Missouri Sports Hall of Famer, Russ Sloan.