The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is a state-run monument and museum dedicated to preserving and honoring the accomplishments of Alabamians in sports. It was founded in 1967 and is located in its own 33,000 square-foot building at 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
As of 2014, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame consists of 321 inductees, including five of the top 15 athletes on ESPN’s list of the top 100 athletes of the century: Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.
Nominations to the Hall of Fame can be made by any Alabama resident. Nominees must have been born in the state or, "through athletic exploits, brought fame and glory to the state." They also must be over 40 years old, or retired from their sport for more than a year. The Board of Directors meet each summer to create a ballot of eligible nominees, which is sent to a statewide selection committee for voting. A second ballot, consisting of the half of the original list with the most total votes, determines the inductees, which are announced each October.
Class of 2014
The 2014 class included Major Ogilvie, Ruthie Bolton, Red Cochran, Bill Cody, Eli Gold, Travis Grant, Walter Jones and David Magadan.
Class of 2013
The 2013 class included Ronnie Baynes, Forrest Blue, Eric Davis, Bill Jones, Bill Oliver, Vickie Orr, Nick Saban, and Dannette Young Stone.
Class of 2012
The 2012 class included Artis Gilmore, E. J. Junior III, Bryan Kirkland, Mal Moore, Charley Pell, Andre Tippett, Steve Wallace, and Dan Washburn.
Class of 2011
The 2011 class included Shaun Alexander, Vonetta Flowers, Henry Hart, David Hill, John Rutledge, Jimmy Smothers, Frank Thomas, and Al Worthington. Don Logan was the year's "Distinguished American Sportsman" and Mickey Newsome as "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman".
Class of 2010
The 2010 class included Reita Clanton, Howard Cross, Robert Horry, Bobby Johns, Ronald McKinnon, Ben Tamburello, Ed Salem, Mule Suttles. Rick Woodward was the year's "Distinguished American Sportsman" and Mickey Newsome as "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman".
Class of 2009
The 2009 class included Larry Blakeney, Charley Hannah, John Mitchell, Jimmy Key, Lee May, Steve Bolt, Tommy Brooker and Janelle Kirtley Godfrey. In addition Ronald Bruno was honored as a Distinguished Alabama Sportsman and Nick Bolletieri as "Distinguished American Sportsman".
Class of 2008
The 2008 class included Gregg Carr, Condredge Holloway, Don McNeal, Don Mincher, Oliver Robinson, Steve Lowery, Sim Byrd and Jerry Wilson.
Class of 2007
The 2007 class included Wilbur Jackson, Barry Krauss, Gene Washington, Buck Johnson, Sonny Smith, David Marsh, Jerry Duncan, and Al Lary. Mal Moore was named the year's "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman".
Class of 2006
The 2006 class included Joe Ciampi, Lionel James, Buddy McClinton, Mickey Andrews, Mia Hamm, Jim Davenport, Tim Flock, and Bob Veale.
Class of 2005
The 2005 class included Rudy Abbott, Billy Atkins, Robert Brazile, Jeremiah Castille, Jim Fyffe, Chuck Person, Bob Phillips, and Tracy Rocker.
Class of 2004
The 2004 class included Joe Beckwith, Cornelius Bennett, Vince Gibson, Virginia Grimes, Wade Herren, Bobby Humphrey, Reginald King, and Bobby Wallace.
Class of 2003
The 2003 class included Al Del Greco, Rex Frederick, Cleon Jones, Guy Morton, Sarah Patterson, Steve Sloan and Larry Willingham.
Class of 2002
The 2002 class included Richmond Flowers, Jr, George Foster, Kevin Greene, Hal Herring, Kenny Howard, Ken Rice, Jimmy Sidle and JoJo Starbuck.
Class of 2001
The 2001 class included Charles Barkley, Jimmy Bragan, Jerry Harper, Wendell Hudson, Hank Johnson, Woodrow Lowe, and Derrick Thomas.
Class of 2000
The 2001 class included Tom Banks, Bubba Church, Terry Henley, Marty Lyons, Mac McLendon, Jim Pyburn and Chase Riddle. In addition Bill Ireland was honored as a "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman".
Class of 1999
The 1999 class included Donnie Allison, Ed Dyas, Dennis Homan, Carl Lewis, Tommy Lorino, Tony Nathan, Conrad Rehling, and Alf Van Hoose.
Class of 1998
The 1998 class included Tommie Agee, John Bridgers, John Forney, Don Gambril, Scott Hunter and Richard Todd.
Class of 1997
The 1997 class included Neil Bonnett, Alice Coachman Davis, T. R. Dunn, Bill France, Larry Lemak, Ozzie Smith, and Willie Smith.
Class of 1996
The 1996 class included Jodie Connell, Leon Douglas, Harvey Glance, Bo Jackson, Bubba Scott, and Hal Self. Broadcaster Tom York was named the Distinguished Alabama Sportsman.
Class of 1995
The 1995 class included Cleve Abbott, Davey Allison, Bob Baumhower, Pat Du Pré, John Mengelt, Terry Moore, and Gene Stallings.
Class of 1994
The 1994 class included Paul Crane, Luman Harris, Kirk Newell, Lloyd Nix, Jerry Pate, and Dwight Stephenson.
Class of 1993
The 1993 class included Young Boozer, Piper Davis, Gardner Dickinson, Danny Ford, Alex Grammas, C. M. Newton, and Mel Rosen.
Class of 1992
The 1992 class included Dieter Brock, Clay Carroll, Mike Fuller, Ozzie Newsome, Donnie Salls, and Henry Seibels.
Class of 1991
The 1991 class included Joe Cribbs, Hootie Ingram, Vaughn Mancha, Jo Ann Prentice, Erk Russell, and Arnold Umbach.
Class of 1990
The 1990 class included Pat Dye, Red Farmer, Lindy Hood, Jimmy Outlaw, Ray Perkins, and Wimp Sanderson.
Class of 1989
The 1989 class included Gene Bartow, Foots Clement, Joe Kilgrow, Johnny Musso, Larry Nelson, and John Stallworth.
Class of 1988
The 1988 class included Jackie Burkett, Cary Cox, Dave Edwards, Rowdy Gaines, John Hannah and Billy Southworth.
Class of 1987
The 1987 class included Buck Buchanan, Joe Childress, Hubert Green, Homer Norton, Don Sutton and Jim Whatley. The first "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman" honor went to Shoal Creek developer Hall Thompson.
Class of 1986
The 1986 class included Terry Beasley, Bobby Bowden, William Lee, Robert Marlow, Sam Perry, and Ken Stabler.
Class of 1985
The 1985 class included Ivy Andrews, Jennifer Chandler, Monk Gafford, Jim Glover, John Kolen and James Phillips.
Class of 1984
The 1984 class included Bobby Allison, Joe Domnanovich, Vince Dooley, John Laney, Willie McCovey, and Jack Meagher.
Class of 1983
The 1983 class included Maxie Baughan, Tom Jenkins, George Lindsey, Billy Neighbors, Gabby Street and Billy Williams.
Class of 1982
The 1982 class included Frank Bolling, Paul Burnum, Tucker Frederickson, Elbert Jemison, Benny Marshall and Zeke Smith.
Class of 1981
The 1981 class included Bill Battle III, Frederick Davis, Monte Irvin, Fob James, Joe Namath, Pat Sullivan, and Arthur White.
Class of 1980
The 1980 class included Hank Aaron, Bobby Bragan, Cliff Harper, Lee Roy Jordan, Frank Kendall, and Donald Whitmire.
Class of 1979
The 1979 class included Otey Crisman, Dick McGowen, Leroy Monsky, Shorty Ogle, Bo Russell, and Rudolph York.
Class of 1978
The 1978 class included Shorty Cooper, Joel Eaves, George Irons, Frank Lary, Riley Smith, and Harry Walker.
Class of 1977
The 1977 class included Percy Beard, Spud Davis, Willie Mays, Holt Rast, Petey Sarron, Ed Stanky, and Clyde Walker.
Class of 1976
The 1976 class included Leah Rawls Atkins, Jackie Hayes, Harlon Hill, Bernie Moore, Truett Sewell, Bart Starr, and Robert Veitch.
Class of 1975
The 1975 class included Paul Grist, William Hitchcock, Frank House, Zipp Newman, Snitz Snider, Travis Tidwell, Pat Trammell and George Wallace.
Class of 1974
The 1974 class included Mel Allen, Billy Bancroft, Jeff Beard, Samuel Byrd, Walter Gilbert, Frank Howard and Virgil Trucks.
Class of 1973
The 1973 class included John Cain, Jeff Coleman, Harry Gilmer, James Sewell, Dixie Walker, and Hoyt Winslett.
Class of 1972
The 1972 class included Charley Boswell, Joe Garagiola, Papa Pooley Hubert, Henry Manush, Satchel Paige, Del Pratt, and Fred Sington.
Class of 1971
The 1971 class included William Chapman, Red Drew, Howard Hill, Dixie Howell, Tackhole Lee, Sanders Russell, Jackson Stephenson, and Charles Streit.
Class of 1970
The 1970 class included Hank Crisp, John Heisman, Wilbur Hutsell, Jesse Owens, Joseph Sewell, William Van de Graaff, Wallace Wade, and Gus Wynn.
Class of 1969
The 1969 class included Joe Louis, Johnny Mack Brown, Bear Bryant, Michael Donahue, James Hitchcock, Donald Hutson, Shug Jordan and Frank W. Thomas.