Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

History

Presented by Coors
How it all began...
The idea of a Colorado Sports Hall of Fame was first presented to the Greater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 1960 as an outgrowth of discussions within the Chamber's Metro Sports Committee. When the Board expressed interest in the concept, a Sports Hall of Fame Committee was formed to draft bylaws and to develop the appropriate organizational structure. The committee included many future Hall of Fame notables, including it's first President, Roger Dougherty and future inductee Byron White.

Sports media figures including Chet Nelson, Starr Yelland, Fred Leo and many others assisted the Committee in it's deliberations. With bylaws in place, the Chamber Board voted in July 1964, and the necessary resources to incorporate the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame were put into place. Incorporation formally took place through Byron White's law firm on November 4, 1964.

As part of it's organization, a Selection Committee comprised of members of both print and electronic media from throughout the state was established to prepare procedures and criterion for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame. The first class was inducted in April of 1965. This independent selection process continues today.

The Museum...
After nearly 35 years of honoring Colorado sports legends, the idea of a permanent Museum started to gain ground in 1998, when the Metropolitan Football Stadium District approached the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors about their interest in establishing a "bricks and mortar" Museum in the proposed new Denver Broncos football Stadium. Following the successful stadium election in November of 1998, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors went to work to build the necessary community-wide relationships the launch The Museum project.

As a true community asset, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum partnered with local academic institutions to involve students in the project. Graduate students at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business wrote a business plan, while students at the University of Colorado at Denver Graduate School of Architecture prepared The Museum's design concepts and necessary construction documents. In addition, students from the University of Colorado at Denver's Public History and Preservation program helped develop The Museum's initial exhibits.

Because of generous financial support, both in terms of capital and in-kind contributions, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum opened in August of 2001, and strives to preserve the legendary stories that make sports an important part of our social fabric.

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. (Monday through Saturday June, July and August)

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame would like to thank the following individuals for their support and guidance:

Honorary Members
Governor John Hickenlooper




Board of Directors


Brian Cook, Chairman
- Perfect Processing

Kim Carver, Chairman Elect
- Altitude Sports & Entertainment

Dick DeWire, Secretary/Treasurer
- Academy Bank

Nate Eckloff, Past Chairman
-
RBC Capital Markets

Christie Austin
- Retired, U.S. Golf Association

Joan Birkland
- Sportswomen of Colorado

Rich Clarkson
- Rich Clarkson & Associates

Dan DeRose
- DD Marketing Inc.

John Dikeou
- Dikeou Realty

Bruce Dodge
- Jones Lang LaSalle


Brian Gaffney
-Snell & Wilmer

Theo Gregory
- El Pomar Foundation

Steve Griffith
- Vectra Bank Colorado

Jeff Hall
- Quaker Oats / Gatorade

Paul Jacobs
- JacobsChase

Jim Kellogg
-
Colorado Rockies Baseball Club



President & CEO
Tom Lawrence

Marketing & Tour Director

Laura Gee


Allen Kiel
- Citywide Banks

Michael Kuhn
- Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Robert Likos
- Key Bank

Tim Litherland
-
Visit Denver

Chris McClain
- Bank of America

Gary Petak
- Independent Financial Consultant

Dean Pisciotta
- Brakes Plus

Kile Powers
- Wells Fargo, Retired

Scott Richards
- The Integer Group

John Rinderknecht
- RAM Development Corp

Laurence Rua
- Centerplate

Jim Saccomano
- Denver Broncos Football Club

Meyer Saltzman
- RubinBrown, LLP

Steve Shear
- First Western Trust

Kent Sturman
- Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

Mark Williams
- Sherman & Howard, LLC


The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame is located at Gate #1 on the west side of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Exhibits

COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
PRESENTED BY COORS BREWING COMPANY

Each year, our State's finest athletes, coaches and sports industry leaders are inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. From world-famous to little-known athletes in sports ranging from football to track and field to fencing, these individuals have demonstrated those characteristics that are the true glory of athletic competition:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership
  • Courage
  • Sacrifice
  • Endurance
  • Power




Until 2001, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame had not had a physical home and our proud legacy of sports achievement has rarely been accessible to Colorado's sports fans.

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum, located on the West Side of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, takes visitors on a journey through Colorado sports history. Located next to one of the primary entrances, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum provides year-round access to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

MUSEUM HOURS:

Thursdays through Saturdays*(September - May)   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
Mondays through Saturdays* (June - August)   10 a.m. - 3 p.m. *
*Museum open special hours on Bronco home games and other special events.

ADMISSION:


WHERE:


MUSEUM ADMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS A FEE FOR TOURS.


MUSEUM IS LOCATED ON WEST SIDE OF SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD - ENTER GATE #1.

SALUTE TO THE INDUCTEES:
Presented by Coors Brewing Company
CURRENT CLASS INDUCTEES AND LISTING OF ALL 222 INDUCTEES.

GREAT MOMENTS IN COLORADO SPORTS
TIMELINE, PHOTOS, FRONT PAGE REPRODUCTIONS.

GOLD CROWN FOUNDATION

SPORTSWOMEN OF COLORADO
Celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado sports.

THE DENVER BRONCOS FRANCHISE
Presented by the Denver Broncos.

A SNAPSHOT OF WOMEN IN SPORTS
Timeline and pictorial history of women in sports.

GALLERY OF LEGENDS
Presented by the Denver Newspaper Agency.
Large panels featuring individual inductees. Currently, 24 inductees are featured - these panels will rotate periodically.

KIDS' ZONE
Presented by King Soopers / City Market, The Denver Post, Gatorade, Wells Fargo and AT&T
An interactive exhibit for kids of all ages. Imagine yourself as a great sports legend or rising star as you dress up in jerseys and equipment from various teams and sports.

COLORADO GOLF ASSOCIATION

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLORADO

NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER FOR THE DISABLED

Sports Legends Mall: Legacy Pillars

Byron White, Glenn Morris, John Elway, Peggy Fleming, Jack Dempsey, David Thompson...

These are just a few of the 222 members of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. These sports legend's achievements, both on and off the playing field, have brought fame and honor to our state.

Now these athletes have a place that they deserve at the Sports Legends Mall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Sports Legends Mall, a tree-lined pedestrian thoroughfare, takes visitors to Sports Authority Field at Mile High on a historic journey through Colorado Sports History.

Located on the south side of the stadium, the Sports Legends Mall features Legacy Pillars, each honoring a different inductee class of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Every year, a new Hall of Fame Legacy Pillar will be added featuring our great athletes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with Pillars eventually extending beyond the Sports Legends Mall and encompassing the entire stadium.

Your sponsorship of a Sports Legends Pillar helps support the on-going education, sports and scholarship programs for the non-profit Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. For a one-time payment, you or your company will enjoy an association with a premier sports facility that lasts a lifetime.

Please call 720-258-3536 to see how you can be a part of Colorado Sports History! See the list below for the current Pillars available for sponsorship for a one-time fee of $10,000.


COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME
SPORTS LEGENDS PILLARS


CLASS INDUCTEES SPONSOR
1965
Earl "Dutch" Clark / Jack Dempsey / Byron "Whizzer" White
TUFF SHED
1966
Eddie Eagen / Willard N. Griem
GALLUP CRAIG CONSTRUCTION
1967
Jack Christiansen / Everette Marshall / Buddy Werner
KING SOOPERS / CITY MARKET
1968
Jerome Biffle / "Ace" Gruenig / Edwin Johnson / Jack McCracken
HOWSAM / HIRSCHFELD
1969
John Hancock / David Jenkins / Hayes Jenkins / Glenn Morris
BOB LEID AGENCY
1970
Peggy Fleming / Frank Potts / Lionel Taylor
FIRST DATA CORP.
1971
Bob Howsam / Fum McGraw / N.C. Tubb Morris / Bill Toomey
HOWSAM / MEDVED
1972
Boyd Dowler / Harry Hughes / William Thayer Tutt / Gordon Wren
EL POMAR FOUNDATION
1973
Vince Boryla / Cobe Jones / Joe Romig / Willy Schaeffler
MIKE HUSEBY FAMILY
1974
Murray Armstrong / Pete Butler / Mark Duncan / "Babe" Didrickson
JOY BURNS
1975
Richard Jackson / Barney McLean / George Scott / Dallas Ward
DENVER BRONCOS
1976
Harry Carlson / Joe Coffee / Ervin Hinds / Pat Panek
MARRIOTT CITY CENTER
1977
Burdette Haldorson / Floyd Little / Phyllis Lockwood / Russell Volk
DENVER BRONCOS
1978
Young Corbett / William Lam / Ben Martin / Lawrence Orr
COLLEGE IN COLORADO
1979
Marv Crawford / Carroll Hardy / Lou Kellogg / Juan Reid
QWEST
1980
Dick Anderson / Jim Baggot / Fritz Brennecke / Louis Unser
D. McREYNOLDS
1981
Byron Beck / Joan Birkland / Walter Franklin / Lloyd Gaskill
KAISER/COLUMBINE
1982
Bobby Anderson / Charles Parsons / Gerald Phipps / Harry Simmons
PHIPPS CO.
1983
Bauldie Moschetti / Chester Nelson / Ivan Thomas / Frank Tripucka
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
1984
Larry Bollig / "Goose" Gonsoulin / Richard Hotton / Freddie Joe Steinmark
ARBY'S
1985
Leonard Cahn / Hatfield Chilson / Bill Masterson / Billy Thompson
METRO BROKERS
1986
William Hinkley / Hale Irwin / Lew Mahony / Craig Morton / Haven Moses
KUNI LEXUS
1987
Roy Byers / Bus Campbell / Randy Gradishar / Dan Issel
PHIL LONG DEALERS
1988
Corky Gonzales / Red Miller / Dan Stavely / Richard Yates
VILLAGE HOMES
1989
Cliff Buck / Jim Darden / Dale Douglass / Tom Jackson
TERRY STEPHENSON PC
1990
Jim Burris / Eddie Crowder / Greeley Timothy / Jim Williams
TALTY INSURANCE
1991
Keith Magnuson / Bob Martin / Sam Suplizio / Dr. Joe Vigil / James Lee Willard
KOA RADIO
1992
Chuck Bresnahan / Gary Glick / Joe Guennel / Carl Scheer / Louis Wright
METRO BROKERS
1993
Bob Beattie / Dick Connor / Dale Dodrill / Dave Garland / "Goose" Gossage
JACK DANIELS
1994
Walt Clay / Chuck Darling / Donald Ray Descombes / Alex English / Frank Haraway
THE DENVER POST
1995
Walter Bergman / Connie Carpenter-Phinney / John Clune / Billy Kidd / Smokey Joe Wood
AD EDGE
1996
Judy Bell / Bruce Ford / Scott Hamilton / David Thompson / Art Unger
KROENKE SPORTS
1997
Adam Berry / Irv Brown / Gil Cruter / Doug Moe / John Stearns / Larry Varnell
WELLS FARGO
1998
Tracy Borah / Bill Daniels / Lloyd Madden / Barbara McIntire / "Sox" Walseth
THE BILL DANIELS ESTATE
1999
Jim Conboy / John Elway / Jack Harvey / Bill McCartney / Jack Vickers
ELWAY AUTO NATION
2000
John Adams / Dave Logan / Dan Reeves / Greg Riddoch/ Chopper Travaglini
JOHNSON & WALES
2001
Don Carlsen / Bob Davis / Pat Day / Karl Mecklenburg /Lonnie Porter / Amy Van Dyken
DENVER BRONCOS
2002
Fred Casotti / Joe Collier / Bill Fanning / Bill Marolt / Tom Petroff
COORS BREWING CO.
2003
Gib Funk / Guy Gibbs / Tippy Martinez / Ron Shavlik / Rick Upchurch
SIMMONS FAMILY
2004
Terrell Davis / Tanya Haave / Bill Hanzlik / "Babe" Lind / Patrick Roy / Fred Tesone
AMERICAN NAT'L BANK
2005
Joe Belmont / Pat Haggerty / April Heinrichs / Chad Hennings / Dick Katte / Shannon Sharpe
KING SOOPERS / CITY MARKET
2006
Ceal Barry / Tom Hancock / Bill Hybl / J. Allen "Pat" Patten / Davis Phinney / Dennis Smith
GATORADE
2007 Carol Baily / Pat Bowlen / Ben Dreith / Andres Galarraga / Hank Kashiwa / Scott Wedman WESTERN DAIRY COUNCIL

2008

Fisher DeBerry / Dow Finsterwald / Pierre Lacroix / Bill Noxon / Frank Shorter / Starr Yelland

 

AT&T

2009

Ralph Backstrom / Laurice "Lo" Hunter / Sonny Lubick / Jerry McMorris / Lt. Col. John Mosley / Rod Smith

 

MillerCoors Brewing

2010 Bob Blasi / Marc Johnson / Dean Lahr / Joe Sakic / Mike Shanahan / Larry Zimmer

( AVAILABLE )

2011 Art Berglund / Jason Elam / Keli McGregor / Bobby Unser / Larry Walker / Alfred Williams

( AVAILABLE )
2012 Marcelo Balboa / Frank Carbajal / Peter Forsberg / Glen Gondrezick / Greg Myers / Will Nicholson, Jr.

( AVAILABLE )