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April Hall Pass Newsletter

By Rick Strunk - NCSHOF Associate Director, 04/25/22, 12:00PM EDT



This month's Hall Pass Newsletter is a special 2022 "Induction Edition"! With the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet and surrounding ceremonies having been completed just a few days ago, we thought we would highlight this year's tremendous induction class in our "Member of the Month" feature.  You will also learn about a couple of the very special awards presented at the banquet held at the Raleigh Convention Center in addition to the actual Hall of Fame inductions.  We hope you enjoy this very special Induction Edition.





Here is a look at those who have just been officially inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (*asterisk indicates posthumous inductees):


       Luke Appling* – One of seven native North Carolinians in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Appling played 20 years in the major leagues, all with the Chicago White Sox, from 1930-1950. Born in High Point, the shortstop was a seven-time American League all-star and twice was the AL batting champ, including an amazing .388 mark in 1936. Appling hit better than .300 15 times during his MLB career. He was a successful minor league manager and major league coach for many years after retiring as an active player. 


       Missouri Arledge Morris* – A star athlete at Durham’s Hillside High, from which she graduated in 1953, Arledge tallied 31.3 points per game during her senior basketball season. She went to Philander Smith College in Arkansas, scoring 21.0 ppg as a sophomore and becoming the first African-American woman to play in an AAU tournament (1954) and the first to be named an AAU All-American the following season. She even had an offer to be the first female to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.  Arledge transferred to Tuskegee Institute and continued playing but earned two master’s degrees and went on to work in education, including back at Hillside. 


       Sam Mills* – This diminutive 5-9 linebacker played 12 seasons in the NFL, including his final three with the Carolina Panthers where he became a beloved star, and his NFL career was after several excellent seasons in the USFL.  A three-time conference defensive player of the year in college at Montclair State, Mills played in five Pro Bowls and led the Panthers in tackles twice.  He is a member of the Carolina Panthers Hall of Honor, had his Panther number 51 retired by the team, and also is enshrined the College Football Hall of Fame. He was named in February to the next class of inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.


       Dan Brooks – The 1981 graduate of Oregon State University has put together a brilliant career of unprecedented success in almost 40 years as head women’s golf coach at Duke University. Brooks has guided his teams to seven NCAA national championships, 21 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and his 140 team victories are the most of any women’s golf coach in NCAA Division I history.  A seven-time national Coach of the Year, he is a member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall


       Henry Bibby  – A native of Franklinton, Bibby was the starting point guard on UCLA men’s basketball teams that won three straight NCAA championships in the early 1970’s, averaging 14.4 points per game for his career with the Bruins and earning first-team all-American honors.  He played nine seasons in the NBA, winning a title with the New York Knicks, and then went into coaching.  Those stints included 10 years at the University of Southern California as head coach and various coaching roles in professional basketball.  (Henry was unable to come due to an unexpected family matter and was represented by his brother Fred.)


       Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues – After a standout career at Wake Forest, the 5-foot-3 Bogues defied the odds and played 14 years in the NBA. He remains the shortest player in NBA history. A first-team All-ACC selection as a senior, he led the ACC in both assists and steals in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and was the 12th overall selection in the 1987 NBA Draft. Bogues, who became a very popular member of the Charlotte Hornets, ranks among all-time leaders in NBA history with 6,726 career assists and assists per game (7.6). He was a high school phenom at Dunbar High in Baltimore. 


       Dave Robbins – This inductee grew up in Gastonia, where he was an excellent athlete at Ashley High, and went on to a tremendous career as a men’s basketball coach. He is best known for leading NCAA Division II power Virginia Union University to 713 victories and three NCAA national championships as well as 14 CIAA championships. His winning percentage at Virginia Union was a whopping .786 in 30 years.   Robbins is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the CIAA Hall of Fame. 


       Timmy Newsome – A native of Ahoskie, this football star is Winston-Salem State’s second all-time leading rusher with 3,843 yards in four eventful seasons. Newsome went on to be selected in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed nine seasons in the NFL, making the Cowboys’ All-Decade Team for the 1980’s. He scored 30 touchdowns as an NFL player, including 19 on the ground and 11 receptions. He is a member of both the CIAA Hall of Fame and the Black College Football Hall of Fame. 


       Ronnie Barnes – Barnes graduated from East Carolina’s sports medicine program in 1975 and has gone on to an amazing career. He was an assistant trainer and instructor at ECU, then went to Michigan State where he was head trainer and earned his master’s. He came to the New York Giants in the NFL as an athletic training intern, rising to head trainer in 1980 and now senior vice-president for medical services, working for the Giants well over 40 years. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.  


       Tom Suiter – A native of Rocky Mount and a graduate of Erskine College (SC), Suiter had a remarkable career in media.  The long-time sports anchor worked for WRAL-TV in Raleigh for 45 years, from 1971 until his eventual retirement, and was nominated for 17 regional Emmy awards, winning twice.  His revolutionary “Football Friday” coverage, a special show featuring high school football highlights, and his “Extra Effort Award” for student-athletes are both still part of the station’s coverage. He is also a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. 


       Torry Holt – This football star had an amazing NFL career, primarily with the St. Louis Rams, winning a Super Bowl and going to seven Pro Bowls. He led the league in receiving yards twice and had the most receiving yards by a player ever in his first five years in the NFL.  Holt was a star at North Carolina State where he set numerous school records, earned first-team all-American honors and is the ACC’s all-time leader in receiving yards. The sixth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Holt was a great high school athlete at Eastern Guilford. 




Leaders Meeting To Discuss Title IX 1972

       The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame began recognizing Great Moments in North Carolina Sports History back in 2011, and added another one at its recent banquet. 

       This year the NCSHOF recognized Title IX and its tremendous impact on women’s sports with its 2022 Great Moment in North Carolina Sports History. 

       It was fifty years ago, in 1972, that Title IX was signed into law, federal civil rights legislation that was part of the Education Amendments of that year. It stated simply that “No person in the United States, on the basis of sex, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal funding assistance.” 

       Title IX contains just 37 words—37 words—and they paved the way for a seismic change in the world of sports.  Tremendous opportunities, unheard of for women in athletics, came as a result. That meant many more teams for more athletes, of course, but also for more women to get into coaching, administration and all other aspects of athletics.  And it has had a profound impact on North Carolina specifically and our nation in general.

        Title IX joined a superlative list of Great Moments the Hall has recognized. Previous honorees include the 1957 North Carolina Tar Heels’ undefeated national championship men’s basketball team (2011); track star Jim Beatty’s 1962 sub-four minute indoor mile run (2012); the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup championship (2012); N.C. State’s hiring in 1946 of Everett Case as its men’s basketball coach (2013); the Wolfpack’s 1974 men’s basketball national championship team (2013); the creation of Pinehurst Resort and the building of the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course (2014), Wake Forest’s outstanding golf program in the 1970’s and ‘80s (2015),  the 80th anniversary of the iconic Wyndham Championship, formerly Greater Greensboro Open (2019), and the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise (2021).

       Nora Lynn Finch, former president of the Board of Directors of the NCSHOF, spoke from her perspective on Title IX at the banquet.   She had seen its impact in many different ways, including as a coach and as an athletics administrator at both the university and the conference level.  



Members of the Smith Family

       The Don Fish Legacy award is an honor that is bestowed by the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame for truly outstanding contributions to sports in our state that may transcend the playing court or field itself. 

       Former executive director of the organization, Don Fish, for whom the award is named, introduced this year’s recipient, Eddie Smith Jr., representing the Eddie and Jo Clary Smith family.

       The family has been very involved in philanthropic efforts across the state, including support for UNC athletic programs and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, as well as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Their efforts have certainly impacted sports in a very positive way across our state.

     Congratulations to our winners of the Don Fish Legacy Award!