August 14, 1998
COLUMBIA, MO. - Nine more of the University of Missouri's best and brightest athletic stars have been chosen for induction into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They represent the ninth induction class since the Hall was initiated in 1990.
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Nov. 6, at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and induction ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, contact Brenda Baker in the Tiger Development Fund office, at 573/884-0742. The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies of the next day's football game, Nov. 7, against Colorado. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
As called for in the Hall of Fame bylaws, the inductees are selected from two eras -- PIONEER (1890-1965) and MODERN (1966-1993). 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 Missouri, and also have a five-year waiting period.
This year, four persons were selected from the Pioneer Era, and five were chosen from the Modern Era. They are:
- Wilbur Hall Hutsell, track and field, 1911-14
- Charles Rash, football, 1957-58
- Abe Stuber, football, 1924-26
- Keith Weber, baseball, 1963-64
- Greg Cypret, baseball, 1975-78
- Ed Lampitt, wrestling, 1966-68
- Nat Page, track and field, 1976-79
- Anthony Peeler, basketball, 1989-92
- Karen Snelgrove, softball, 1989-92
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."
There are now 101 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. It is located on the northwest side of the main concourse at Hearnes Center.
Thumbnail sketches of this year's nine inductees follow:
PIONEER ERA (1890-1965)
WILBUR HALL HUTSELL - A native of Moberly, Mo., Hutsell was the Missouri Valley Conference 440-yard run champion in 1914, and a student assistant coach for the Tigers in 1914-15, but made his mark on the track and field world while coaching at Auburn University from 1921-63. During his career there, he coached three NCAA champions, four Olympians, five AAU champions, and five high hurdlers who won national championships. He had a dual meet record of 112-24 and won three Southeastern Conference championships. He also served two terms as director of athletics at Auburn, and at various times was head trainer, head basketball coach and professor of physical education. Hutsell coached the U.S. Olympic Team in 1924, '28 and '32, was president of the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association in 1941-42, and a member of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee for 12 years. He was inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in 1957, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1970, the Missouri Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975, and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1977. He died in 1980.
CHARLIE RASH - Charlie Rash was the co-captain of Coach Dan Devine's first football team at the University of Missouri in 1958. He played guard and kicker and earned all-conference honors in 1957 and 1958. He was a third-team all-American as a senior and was chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Rash, a native of Shelbina, Mo., had the rare distinction of playing at Mizzou for Don Faurot (1955-56), Frank Broyles ('57) and Devine ('58). Rash learned his lessons well from those three Hall of Fame coaches, and entered the coaching profession at MU upon his graduation. He served Devine through 1961, then spent a pair of years coaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy before signing on at Tennessee in 1964. A rising star in the coaching profession, he and two other Volunteer assistant coaches were killed in a tragic train-car collision, Oct. 22, 1965.
ABE STUBER - Abe Stuber starred on the Gwinn Henry-coached Tiger football teams of 1924-26 that produced a cumulative record of 18-4-3 and won a pair of Missouri Valley Conference championships. In 1926, he threw a touchdown pass to fellow MU Hall of Famer Bert Clark that produced a 7-7 tie with SMU, a team that went undefeated that year and won the Southwest Conference championship. He hooked up again on a 50-yard TD pass later in the season in a 7-3 win over Iowa State. In 1929, Stuber started a long coaching career at Westminster College, then moved on to Cape Girardeau Teachers College (now Southeast Missouri State) and Iowa State. He later coached as an assistant in the NFL and became scouting director of the St. Louis Football Cardinals. The athletic complex at SE Missouri State is named in his honor and he was inducted into the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. Deceased.
KEITH WEBER - May well be the greatest pitcher in Missouri's long and glorious baseball history. In 1964, he set the MU record for earned run average (0.56), won 11 games and struck out 90 batters as the Tigers went 26-5-1 and advanced to the College World Series. Those 11 wins are still tied for the school record, and the strikeout total stood as the MU record for 26 years. His ERA contributed to a team figure of 0.65 that still stands as the NCAA record, and in this era of the aluminum bat, will probably never be broken. Weber, from Jefferson City, was all-Big Eight, all-District V and all-America in 1964, and signed with the New York Mets. He was also a quarterback in football, but injuries ended his career before he competed on the varsity level. Weber now lives in Kansas City.
Modern Era (1966-1993)
GREG CYPRET - One of the most prolific players of the Gene McArtor era in baseball at Ol' Mizzou. Cypret earned all-America honors three times as a shortstop for the Tigers. He was a third-team selection in 1975, received honorable mention in '76, and was the first-teamer in 1978. He was the all-Big Eight shortstop in 1976-77-78. Cypret hit .356 for his career and held the school career marks for hits (253) and runs batted in (181) until this past season. He signed with the Houston Astros in 1978, and after his professional baseball career joined former Tiger assistant coach Bob Todd on the coaching staff at Kent State. He's currently Todd's assistant at Ohio State, where the Buckeyes have won several Big Ten Conference championships during his tenure.
ED LAMPITT - Ed Lampitt came out of St. Charles, Mo., after two undefeated high school wrestling seasons, then went on to become the first Missouri wrestler ever to place at the Big Eight Conference tournament in 1966. He was also the second, two years later. Lampitt captained an undefeated team at Mizzou in 1968, and set school records for wins by a sophomore and in a career, both of which have since been broken. He graduated with honors in civil engineering, then went on to become a dentist. Later, he suffered from a debilitating brain tumor. Two surgeries rendered him unable to speak and totally paralyzed. Through rehabilitation, though told he would live a vegetative existence, he recovered but is still paralyzed on one side of his body. He returned to private practice after learning to performer his duties with one hand. Has also become a private pilot, taken up golf and snow skiing, and not surprisingly is a dynamic motivational speaker. He resides in Piedmont, Mo.
NAT PAGE - A native of Evanston, Ill., Nat Page was one of the most dominant high jumpers in Big Eight Conference history. He won four league titles during his career, one indoors and three outdoors, and also won four all-American awards in the event. Page, whose two sisters also competed at MU, was the NCAA outdoor champion in 1979. He placed third outdoors in 1976, and was second and fourth, respectively, indoors in 1977 and '79. His best jump of 7-feet, 5-1/2 inches was the second best mark in the history of the Big Eight Conference. Page qualifed for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, but did not compete due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow games. He switched events and became one of the world's top 400-meter intermediate hurdlers, competing on the international track circuit well into the 1990s. He now is an accomplished track coach in the Atlanta, Ga., area.
ANTHONY PEELER - One of the most exciting players in the history of Missouri basketball, Anthony Peeler starred for the Tigers from 1989-92. He played on a conference championship team in 1990, on teams that won the Big Eight Conference Tournament in 1989 and '91, and on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Peeler was the Big Eight Conference player of the year and male athlete of the year in 1992, and also won all-America honors. He was the league's newcomer of the year in '89, and twice won first-team all-conference honors. Peeler scored 1,970 points in his Tiger career and led the conference with a 23.4-point scoring average as a senior. The Kansas City native was a first-round draft choice of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. He has also been a starter for the Vancouver Grizzlies and his current team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
KAREN SNELGROVE - Missouri's only two-time all-American in softball (1991-92), Karen Snelgrove joins Teresa Wilson as the second Tiger softball pitcher to find a place in the MU Athletic Hall of Fame. From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Snelgrove led the nation in earned run average in 1991, and tossed four perfect games during her Tiger career. She had a career record of 78-29, including a 25-6 mark in 1991. She holds five school records, including season ERA (0.18) and career ERA (0.38). She was an Academic All-American in 1991, and was named to the Big Eight all-tournament team four times. She was chosen for the Canadian Olympic Team in 1995, and was Canada's top pitcher at the '96 Games in Atlanta.
University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame
Current Membership: 101 individuals, 2 teams
Class of 1990
John "Hi" Simmons
Class of 1991
Dr. James Baker
Class of 1992
Class of 1993
Class of 1994
Wilbur "Sparky" Stalcup
1954 Baseball Team
Class of 1995
1965 Indoor Track Team
Class of 1996
Dr. Glenn McElroy
Class of 1997
Class of 1998
Wilbur Hunt Hutsell
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