Mizzou to honor 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, 2021 Friday
COLUMBIA, Missouri – Ten former Tigers have been selected to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They represent the 31st induction class since the Hall’s creation in 1990.
The 2021 class will be officially inducted on Friday October 1 in a private ceremony with family and friends to be held at the Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia. The 2020 class, announced last fall, will also be officially inducted after COVID-19 postponed its in-person festivities. Inductees from both classes will meet with members of the media at 5:15 p.m. before dinner and the official induction program at 6:15 p.m.
The 15 members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will also be recognized on Saturday, October 2 during the Mizzou soccer game against Tennessee. The Tigers and Volunteers are set to kick off at 11 a.m. inside Memorial Stadium with the game airing on SEC Network.
INTRODUCED AT THE MIZZOU 2021 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
- Dick Atkinson – Baseball (1951-1952)
Atkinson was 9-1 in his two seasons on the mound for the Tigers, leading Mizzou to his first varsity World Series appearance in 1952. He set the school record with 75 strikeouts in 1952, a mark that lasted 12 years.
- Jim Baker – Athletics (1960-62)
A Kansas City, Missouri product, Baker was an All-American and the national finalist in the 440-yard sprint at the 1962 NCAA away championships. By today’s All-America standards, Baker would have been a selection to three times, also registering the top eight national places in 1960 and 1961.
- Bill Constantine – Athletics (1953-55)
A native of St. Louis, Constantine won the 1955 Big 6 Championship in the 120-yard hurdles. He recorded three top-six finishes in 1954 in the 120 and 220m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the United States Outdoor Championships. After graduation, Constantine pursued a distinguished career in the Air Force, earning a Silver Star.
- Merv Johnson – Football (1956-57)
A little-known prospect from King City, Missouri, Johnson became an All-Big Seven first-team selection in 1957 for the Tigers. He also won academic honors from the conference and was named the 1957 Big Seven Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year. Johnson pursued a 38-year coaching career, which included four national championships.
- Richard Poe – Golf (1961-63, coach 78-98)
A native of Rolla, Missouri, Poe has competed in each of Mizzou’s four national rankings, one as a player and three as a coach for the Tigers. He led the Tigers to the 1984 Big Eight Championship, the program’s second tag team title, and coached five of Mizzou’s nine All-American golfers.
- Howard Richards – Football (1977-80)
A native of St. Louis, Richards was a member of the US Second Team All-Star in 1980 and a finalist for the Lombardi Award, anchoring the offensive line as Mizzou won three consecutive auctions to close his career. Richards became the 26th overall in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played six seasons with Dallas and competed in two NFC East titles. Richards is now the Football Color Analyst on the Mizzou Radio Network.
- Rob Riti – Football (1996-99)
One of the best centers to ever play in Mizzou, Florissant, Missouri, a native of Riti, was a first all-all-team by consensus in 1999, just the seventh Tiger to win the honors by consensus. Over the course of his career, he led an offensive line that blocked the rushed attack to a domestic top 10 on three occasions.
- Joe Scott – Men’s Basketball (1959-61)
The “Gainesville Gunner” was one of the most prolific goalscorers in Mizzou history, ending his career in fourth place with 1,106 points in three seasons. Scott still holds Mizzou’s one-game scoring record with his 46-point performance against Nebraska in 1961. He was inducted in 2013 into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and was recognized for his life of community contributions to local sports for them. young people by the organization in 2016.
- Jessica Vander Kooi – Volleyball (2003-06)
A two-time AVCA All-American of Merrill, Iowa, Vander Kooi has led Mizzou to the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons in Colombia. In 2005, she helped guide the Tigers to a 25-5 mark and the first appearance of the Elite Eight program. Vander Kooi still holds six top-10s in Mizzou Volleyball history and is one of the all-time Seven Tigers with at least three All-Region awards.
- Henry Wiebe – Athletics (1957-59)
Wiebe was an outstanding hurdler during his Mizzou career, culminating with a third place finish in the 400-yard hurdles at the 1959 NCAA Outdoor Championships to win All-America honors. He also won the Big Seven Indoor 60-yard title in 1957 with a time of 6.2 seconds. Wiebe is a member of the University of Missouri Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Hall of Fame.
The Mizzou Track and Field Hall of Fame constitution and bylaws express its purpose – “… to recognize and honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the achievement and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field. of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values conveyed by intercollegiate athletics. “
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