Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 induction class

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Five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and former LSU football coach Les Miles, who won 77 percent of his games and a national championship in 11 seasons with the Tigers, join five-time USA Olympic volleyball standout Danielle Scott-Arruda among a star-studded group of eight 2019 competitive ballot inductees chosen for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

The LSHOF Class of 2019 also includes championship coaches Roger Cador (Southern University baseball) and Charles Smith (Alexandria-Peabody Magnet high school basketball), Louisiana Tech quarterback and Canadian Football League Hall of Fame member Matt Dunigan, along with LSU football great Max Fugler, an All-American on the Tigers’ 1958 national championship team, and T. Barrett “Teaberry” Porter, a member of the Rodeo Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2019 will be enshrined Saturday, June 8, in Natchitoches to culminate the 60th Anniversary Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration June 6-8.

The 2019 Induction Class will be showcased in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The striking two-story, 27,500-square foot structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and has garnered worldwide architectural acclaim and rave reviews for its contents since its grand opening during the 2013 Hall of Fame induction weekend.

A 35-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association committee selected the 2019 inductees. The panel considered a record 145 nominees from 30 different sport categories on a 31-page ballot, said Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland.

The eight new competitive ballot inductees will raise the total of Hall of Fame members to 350 competitors honored since the first induction class — baseball’s Mel Ott, world champion boxer Tony Canzoneri and LSU football great Gaynell Tinsley — were enshrined in 1959 after their election a year earlier.

Also to be spotlighted next summer will be three other Hall of Fame inductees, the winner of the 2019 Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award and the recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism presented by the LSWA. Those contributor ballot inductees will be announced later this year.

The complete 11-person Class of 2019 will bring the membership in the Hall of Fame to 433 men and women, including 19 Dixon Award winners and 64 sports journalists.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame already includes 18 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, 18 Olympic medalists including 11 gold medal winners, 10 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, seven of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, six National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, 37 College Football Hall of Fame members, nine National High School Hall of Fame enshrinees, jockeys with a combined 16 Triple Crown victories, six world boxing champions, seven Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinees, seven College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, 10 College Basketball Hall of Fame members, four NBA Finals MVPs, four winners of major professional golf championships, four National Museum of (Thoroughbred) Racing and Hall of Fame inductees and two Super Bowl MVPs.

Biographical information on all 422 current Hall of Fame members is available at the LaSportsHall.com website, with a steady stream of info available at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page and the @LaSportsHall twitter account.

The 2019 Induction Celebration will kick off Thursday, June 6, with a press conference and reception. The three-day festivities include two receptions, a youth sports clinic, a bowling party, and a Friday night riverbank concert in Natchitoches. Tickets for the Induction Dinner and Ceremony, along with congratulatory advertising and sponsorship opportunities, will be available early in 2019 through the LaSportsHall.com website.

Anyone can receive quarterly e-mails about the 2019 Induction Celebration and other Hall of Fame news by signing up on the LaSportsHall.com website.

Adding to the 342 sports competitors currently enshrined, 18 winners of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership award and 62 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, there are 422 current members of the Hall of Fame before next summer’s inductions.

The 2019 Induction Celebration weekend will be hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the support organization for the Hall of Fame. The LSHOF Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 non-profit entity in 1975 and is governed by a statewide board of directors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Foundation President/CEO Ronnie Rantz at 225-802-6040 or RonnieRantz@LaSportsHall.com. Standard and customized sponsorships are available.

5 thoughts on “Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 induction class

  1. I was so excited when I saw Coach Cador’s name listed among the Class of 2019 inductees. Coach Cador took my son, Reginald Harrold, under his wings and did a great job mentoring and preparing him for life on and off the baseball field while playing for Southern University. I remembered when we first visited Southern for Reginald’s initial introduction to Coach Cador, he noticed that Reg was wearing a pair of men’s earring studs.
    Coach was not hesitant in pointing out that they were not allowed. If I’m not mistaken, I
    think the earrings had to be removed there on the spot. Lol. I tnink the greatest moment for my son was when Coach Cador allowed him to start and pitch against LSU. He was a great coach. Congratulations Coach Cador for all your accomplishments.

  2. Still no Warren Morris. All he did was to hit the greatest and most dramatic home run in the history of college baseball, winning the College World Series for LSU in a game highlight that is still frequently shown, even by ESPN. He went on to have a nice career in the Major Leagues for a few years. Other Hall of Famers are noted for one-time events or plays and Warran should definitely be in. You board members who vote on this, please consider him for 2020.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally recognizing one of our great Louisiana World Champion Cowboys!!!! I’ve known Mr. T-Berry for a very long time and he is so deserving of this!!! I know his family is so proud!!! Congratulations!!!

    ***We have many more Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls from our great state!

  4. If you are having a bowling party, I sure hope the lanes work! They are so old and worn out that the lanes shut down during the middle of the game.

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