NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2015) — The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announced today the names of ten inductees plus a group of brothers to be enshrined at its 50th anniversary Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Omni Nashville.
Announced inductees include posthumous inductions for Tennessee Titan great Steve McNair and Baylor Golf Coach King Oehmig. Additional inductees include Conrad Graham, University of Tennessee All-America defensive back; Missy Kane, University of Tennessee Middle Distance Runner and bronze medal Olympian; Mike Taylor, UT-Martin football player and current SEC football official; Ernest Gray, All-America wide-receiver from the University of Memphis and NFL star; Mike Curb, legend in automobile racing; Joe Biddle, longtime middle Tennessee sport writer; and Lester McClain, first African American football player at Tennessee.
The Hall also chose the football Canale Brothers from Memphis. In all, six brothers played football in the SEC at Tennessee (George, Frank and Whit) and Mississippi State (Justin, Billy and Conn).
In addition the Hall will induct Milligan College legend and coach Duard Walker as the Lifetime Achievement Inductee.
Duard B. Walker played high school football, basketball, and baseball, earning varsity letters in each at Mary Hughes High School in Piney Flats, Tennessee. As a freshman at East Tennessee State University, he earned a varsity letter in baseball, and at Milligan he lettered in football, basketball, tennis, baseball and track. He is the only Milligan athlete to have earned 12 varsity letters in five intercollegiate sports. He was selected as outstanding scholar-athlete in 1947-48. In 1951 Walker returned to Milligan as a coach and has coached non-scholarship teams in baseball (eight years); basketball (15 years); cross country (20 years); track and field (20 years); tennis (20) and the athletic director for 35 years.
The Sports Hall of Fame, which held its first induction banquet in 1966, has as its goal to enshrine successful teams and individuals who display sportsmanship, good character and success, creating a legacy for others to follow. The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Museum is housed the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, a 501-C3 pays tribute to all those who have made an impact through sports in Tennessee. The Hall subscribes to the principle that sports serve society’s highest ideals by educating youth through sports. It promotes the virtues of competition, fair play, friendship, solidarity, mutual understanding and respect for human dignity. The best way to honor our sports legends is to pass this legacy down to future generations.
(Courtesy Milligan Athletics)