Aug. 10, 2001
Columbia, Mo. - Six former standout student-athletes have been chosen for induction into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 12th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Jan. 18th, at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and induction ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased by contacting Brenda Baker in the Tiger Development Office, at (573) 884-0742. The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies at the next day's men's basketball game, Jan. 19th, against Colorado.
As called for in the Hall of Fame bylaws, former student-athletes are not eligible for consideration until five years after they complete their competitive career at Missouri. Coaches and staff members must have spent at least five years working at Mizzou, and also have a five-year waiting period.
Here is a look at this year's inductees, with more extensive biographical information to follow:
CLASS OF 2001
Barbara Berkmeyer (Bubany) - Women's Golf, 1963-66
First woman to receive athletic scholarship at MU and one of Missouri's most accomplished amateur golfers
Mike Carroll - Football, 1967-69
All-America offensive lineman who was a key member of 1968 Gator Bowl and 1970 Orange Bowl squads
Mike Jones - Football, 1987-90
MU's leading rusher as a senior, who went on to a very successful professional football career as a linebacker
Jean Madden - Track & Field/Cross Country, 1947-50
Seven-time letterwinner who was a part of teams that won five conference championships
Medford "Med" Park - Men's Basketball, 1952-55
All-Big Seven guard who went on to a solid professional career and played on the 1958 World Champion St. Louis Hawks
Norris Stevenson - Football, 1958-60
A pioneer who broke the color barrier at MU and who was a key member as a running back on MU's 1960 team - widely recognized as Missouri best team ever
The Hall's constitution and bylaws express its purpose - "...to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics."
The current class will up the membership to 127 individuals and two national championship teams in the Hall of Fame, which was made possible by the 1989 bequest of $100,000 from the estate of the late A.C. (Ace) and Mary Stotler. Displays honoring each of the inductees are located on the northwest side of the main concourse at Hearnes Center.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE BIOS
BARBARA BERKMEYER (BUBANY)
A native of St. Louis, Mo. who was a pioneer in women's athletics at Missouri, as she was the first female to receive an athletic scholarship at MU, from then-Athletic Director Don Faurot ... Went on to establish herself as one of the most accomplished female amateur golfers of her time ... Won major amateur titles in five decades, and has claimed five Missouri Amateurs (1965, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1984) and seven St. Louis district titles (1967, 1968, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1994, 1996, 1998) ... Only one other Missourian, Karen Shull McGee, has won more state titles ... Played in five U.S. Women's Amateur Championships from 1964 to 1991 ... Also played in four LPGA events, and was the low amateur in two of those outings ... Finished in the round of 16 in consecutive years at the USGA Women's Senior Amateur (1999 and 2000) ... Was named St. Louis Metro Senior Player of the Year in 1997, 1999 and 2000 ... Served from 1977 to 1979 as a member of the MU Board of Curators, and was Board President in 1979 ... Currently resides in St. Louis, Mo.
A powerful blocker who was selected a first-team All-American offensive lineman as a senior after helping lead Missouri to the 1970 Orange Bowl ... That Tiger squad featured one of the nation's most high-powered offensive attacks, and the team finished the year as Big Eight Conference Co-Champions with a 9-2 record and No. 6 national ranking ... The 1969 team set school records at the time for points (36.2-per game average), total yards (4,507), passing yards (2,048) and touchdown passes (20) ... Paved the way for Joe Moore to gain 1,312 yards rushing (3rd in the nation) and for quarterback Terry McMillan to rank 12th nationally with 2,157 total yards ... Was recognized as a strong, dependable lineman with better-than-average speed who was especially proficient on the cutoff block ... Wore jersey number 66 and played at a listed weight of 245 pounds, standing 6-foot-3 ... Played in the prestigious Senior Bowl in 1970 ... A native of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. who currently resides in Sugarland, Texas.
Was a solid running back in his playing days at Mizzou, who went on to a solid professional career as a linebacker ... Was Mizzou's co-captain as a senior in 1990, and led the team in scoring, with 10 touchdowns ... Was the Tigers' top rusher as a senior, with 485 yards and seven touchdowns, and also set a school record for receptions in a season by a running back, with 41 catches for 405 yards and three scores ... Scored two TDs in MU's 30-9 upset win over No. 21-ranked Arizona State on Sept. 29, 1990 ... Finished his Tiger career with 1,390 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing, and 65 career receptions for 686 yards and five touchdowns ... Was MU's second-leading rusher as a junior and senior ... Had a career-high 165 rushing yards as a sophomore in the 1988 season finale vs. Kansas, and also that year took a fourth-down pass from John Stollenwerck 33 yards for a TD that produced a 28-28 tie against Indiana ... Has gone on to an outstanding professional career, playing linebacker in the NFL from 1991 to the present ... Played from 1991-1996 with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, from 1997-2000 with the St. Louis Rams, and is currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers ... Made arguably the greatest tackle in Super Bowl history and one of the most dramatic plays in sports history, when he tackled Tennessee Titans' WR Kevin Dyson at the one-yard-line on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV to preserve a Rams win ... Has been an accomplished civic leader, as well, giving much of his time to developing a foundation to benefit disadvantaged youth, and has performed numerous benefits throughout the state of Missouri.
A seven-time letterwinner for Tiger cross country (1947-48-49) and track and field (1947-48-49-50) teams who helped lead MU to a period of dominance from 1947 to 1950 ... Competed for legendary MU Coach Tom Botts, and was part of five teams which won conference championships (Outdoor Track: 1947-48-49, Indoor Track: 1947-48) ... Served as the captain of the cross country team in 1949 ... Continued to contribute to the betterment of Missouri Athletics in a number of ways following his athletic career, becoming known as one of the top supporters of the program ... Served as the head starter and also as head announcer at Missouri track meets for many years ... Was heavily involved in the recruitment of football, basketball and track athletes for the University and often served as the master of ceremonies at recruiting banquets ... Is a former member of the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee ... Currently resides in Columbia, Mo.
MEDFORD "MED" PARK
An excellent all-around athlete who was a standout performer on the basketball hardcourt for legendary Tiger Coach Sparky Stalcup from 1952-55 ... Was named all-Big Seven as a senior in 1955 after averaging a career-best 15.4 points per game, becoming one of the league's top players that year ... Averaged 9.5 points per game as a junior, 8.6 points per game as a sophomore and 4.2 per game as a freshman, and ended his career with 800 points for a per-game average of 9.3 ... MU's teams went 53-34 in his four years, and finished no worse than 3rd every year in the Big Seven, including a 2nd-place showing in 1955 ... Was named to Look Magazine's All-American 5th District Team as a senior ... A talented baseball player who played briefly with the MU baseball team, but chose to focus his collegiate efforts on basketball ... Went on to a solid professional career, playing 313 games in the NBA with the St. Louis Hawks and the Cincinnati Royals ... Played on the 1958 World Champion St. Louis Hawks team that upset the Boston Celtics ... Became the first executive director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo., and helped lay the foundation for the success of the organization ... Later served in a similar role with the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame ... A native of Lexington, Mo. who will be inducted posthumously.
A pioneer in Tiger Athletics who broke the color barrier in football, as he became the first African-American to receive a football scholarship at the University ... Lettered from 1958-60 and played on Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine's teams that went a combined 22-9-1 and won the Big Eight Conference championship in 1960 - MU's last outright conference title ... That team, which went 10-1 on the field (11-0 after a later forfeit by Kansas) is widely recognized as the best team in Tiger history, and was ranked number one in the nation late in the season before ending the year ranked 4th in the final polls ... Was a bruising fullback in Devine's offensive ground attack who was 2nd on the team in rushing as a senior in 1960 with 687 yards and five touchdowns ... Ended his career with 1,174 rushing yards and 7 TDs, and also caught 3 TD passes in his career ... Led Missouri to a 41-19 win at Oklahoma in 1960 that helped vault the Tigers to the top of the national polls for the first time in school history ... Rushed for 169 yards and TDs of 77 and 60 yards in that historic game that saw MU become the first conference team to win in Norman, Okla. Since 1942 ... Played on both sides of the ball early in his career ... Was drafted in the 11th round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but spent the 1961 season on Dallas' injured reserve list ... Went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions ... Also competed at MU in track and field for MU Coach Tom Botts ... Has coached collegiate track and field in St. Louis at Forest Park Community College and Florissant Valley for nearly 30 years ... Coached American pole vault record holder Jeff Hartwig at Florissant ... Was inducted into the Missouri Track and Field Association Hall of Fame in 1999 ... His brother, Jerry, also played football at Missouri ... Currently resides in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo.
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