St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Confirms Blues' Place as City's Red-Headed Stepchild
|Missing: Brian Sutter's teeth and more Blues players in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.|
Check out the names (below) of the athletes and broadcasters inducted yesterday to the inaugural class of the new St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.
Ten of the 24 inductees played for the Cardinals or grew up here and played for another MLB team. The sport with the next highest number of inductees was football, with four athletes earning a spot for their grid-iron legacy with the Big Red.
The Blues -- a team that's called St. Louis home for 43 years -- earned just one inductee, NHL hall of famer Bernie Federko.
Federko is certainly worthy of the honor. But what about his hard-nosed winger Brian Sutter? Or Brett Hull, arguably the best player to lace up for the Blues?
Soccer and basketball had more people inducted yesterday than hockey.
And here's the kicker: Ironically, the Sports Hall of Fame is located in the concourse of Scotttrade Center where, according to a HOF news release, "fans will be able to view the displays during all St. Louis Blues hockey games."
Below are the full list of nominees.
- Stan Musial, honored as the "St. Louis Athlete of the Century" and the only unanimous choice of the Selection Committee voters
- Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the "St. Louis Female Athlete of the Century"
- Larry Wilson, the first St. Louis member of the National Football League Hall of Fame
- Bernie Federko, the first St. Louis member of the National Hockey League Hall of Fame
- Bob Goalby, the first St. Louis member of the PGA Golf Tour to win a Major title (The Masters)
- Harry Keough, the first man of St. Louis soccer as a champion player and coach
- Jack Buck, National Baseball Hall of Fame member and Voice of the Cardinals for 47 seasons
- Jimmy Connors, winner of 147 titles, including eight Grand Slam titles and five Grand Slam doubles
- Yogi Berra, New York Yankees player, manager, and Hall of Famer
- Whitey Herzog, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals 1982 World Champions
- Dick Weber, Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Hall of Fame member
- Red Schoendienst, ten-time All-Star and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Lou Brock, two-time World Champion and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Ed Macauley, NBA player and coach with the St. Louis Hawks and Boston Celtics
- Bob Gibson, two-time Cy Young Award winner, National League MVP, and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Dan Dierdorf, NFL Lineman of the Decade, five-time All Pro, six Pro Bowl appearances, and NFL Hall of Fame member
- Bob Pettit, two-time MVP, 11-time NBA All-Star, NBA Hall of Fame member, and in the "Top 50" of All-Time NBA Players
- Ozzie Smith, 13-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, 15-time All-Star, and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Jackie Smith, five-time All Pro and six Pro-Bowl appearances, known for creating the NFL prototype for tight ends
- Roger Wehrli, member of the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1970's and Hall of Fame
- Rogers Hornsby, National Baseball Hall of Fame member who hit .400 above for three seasons
- Frank Frisch, member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame member eight World Series teams
- Henry Armstrong, three-time boxing champion in three different weight classes
- Joe Medwick, MLB National League triple crown winner in 1937