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Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2014

15 individuals and two programs will be inducted January 26th. Former St. Louis Cardinal Willie McGee heads the class.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 Thursday afternoon.

The Hall will induct 15 individuals and two programs in its ceremony on January 26th at the University Plaza Convention Center.

Headlining the class is former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee.

McGee played for the Cardinals from 1982 to 1999 and played in three world series for the Cardinals.

Also going into the hall will be professional bull rider Luke Snyder.

It's the first time a cowboy's been inducted.

Among the programs going in, the Hillcrest high school and American Legion baseball teams founded by Dick Birmingham.

"You can't believe how many kids came through that program," said Dick Birmingham.  "And they've all gone on to be successful, good parents, good spouses, good providers, good citizens.  To have them recognized is really a tremendous tribute to what they accomplished.  And they accomplished staggering things."

In the Class of 2014, Willie McGee, K.C. Chiefs running back Ed Podolak, K.C. Royals catcher Mike MacFarlane, there's Luke Snyder bull rider, Mizzou basketball's Gary Link.

Valley football commissioner Patty Viverito is in, as is Mizzou football player and coach Andy Hill, Willard olympian Jason Pyrah, Negro League museum president Bob Kendrick, and Drury and Missouri State swim coach Jack Steck. 

Becky Oakes is the director of the national high school sports federation, Dr. Mark Adams is Mizzou's team orthopaedic surgeon, Tom Smith coached hoops at Missouri Western, Warren Turner baseball at Missouri Southern, and Bob Penn coached high school football at Brentwood high school.

Parkway West swimming is also getting recognized.  


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