Sept. 11, 2003
Columbia, Mo. -
Six former standout student-athletes have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 14th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Jan. 9th, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and induction ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. Tickets 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. 10th, against Texas A&M.
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 2003
Mary Babb - Softball, 1994-97
An All-American shortstop who helped MU to the Big 12 Conference regular season and post-season tournament titles in 1997;
Kevin DeForrest - Men's Swimming, 1976-79
The most prolific male swimmer to ever compete for Mizzou, won an amazing 14 Big Eight championships in his time and became the first swimming All-American at MU;
Al Eberhard - Men's Basketball, 1972-74
A gritty and talented player who helped lay the foundation for the turnaround of Tiger Basketball in the early 1970s;
Corby Jones - Football, 1995-98
One of the most dynamic quarterbacks to play for Mizzou who led the Tigers back to national prominence in the late 1990s;
Albert Lane - Men's Track & Field - 1983-84
A four-time All-American hurdler who won a national championship in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 NCAA Outdoor Championships;
Bruce Van Dyke - Football - 1963-65
One of the most versatile linemen in school history who was a star on both sides of the ball for Dan Devine's teams.
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 138 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.
Nominations are accepted year-round by sending support material to: Chad Moller, Director of Athletic Media Relations, Mizzou Athletics, P.O. Box 677, Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE BIOS
MARY BABB - A native of Naples, Fla., who joined the softball program as a walk-on and ended her career as one of the most prolific players ever to don a Tiger jersey ... Earned All-American honors as a senior, a year in which she helped lead MU to Big 12 Conference regular season and post-season tournament titles - Mizzou's only Big 12 team titles to date ... Hit the game-winning home runs in both the tournament semifinal (vs. Oklahoma) and in the championship game (vs. Oklahoma State) ... Also was named to the 1997 All-Midwest Region Team, and played on MU squads that went to NCAA Regional competition three times (1994, 1996 & 1997) ... The 1994 squad reached the College World Series, where MU placed 7th overall ... Was named All-Big Eight in 1994 and 1995 and earned All-Big 12 honors in 1997 ... Earned Big Eight Freshman-of-the-Year honors in 1994 after leading the team in batting average, at a .330 clip ... Owns seven Missouri career records, including hits (262), at bats (762), doubles (51), home runs (26), runs scored (164), runs batted in (199) and slugging percentage (.571), and also ranks among the top three in nine different school single-season categories.
KEVIN DEFORREST - Became the most prolific swimmer in the history of the program, and could arguably be noted as one of the most dominant athletes in any sport to ever compete for Mizzou ... St. Louis, Mo. native was MU's first-ever male swimming All-American, as he finished 4th in the 50-yard freestyle and 11th in the 100 freestyle at the 1979 NCAA Championships - earning All-American status in both events ... Scored all 13 of MU's team points at the 1979 national meet, single-handedly giving MU a 20th-place team finish - still the highest any MU men's swimming team has placed at nationals ... Absolutely dominated the conference scene, as he won an amazing 14 Big Eight titles, including eight individual events and six relay events ... Big Eight gold medals included 50 freestyle (1977-78-79), 100 freestyle (1977-78-79), 100 butterfly (1978), 200 individual medley (1976), 400 freestyle relay (1976-77-78-79), 800 freestyle relay (1977) and 400 medley distance relay (1978) ... Became the first swimmer in Big Eight history to break the 21-second barrier in the 50 freestyle ... Left as the Big Eight record holder in the 50 freestyle (20.28 seconds), the 100 freestyle (44.94) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:03.00) - all marks which stood as MU records until 1994 ... His sister, Patty Andrews, was an All-American swimmer for Mizzou in 1977, and his father, Donald, was an alternate on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
AL EBERHARD - A hardnosed, talented forward who was a key figure in the emergence of the Missouri Basketball program onto the national scene ... Was a scoring and rebounding force for Coach Norm Stewart, who earned All-Big Eight honors as a senior in 1974, when he averaged 19.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game ... Also earned All-District First Team honors and Honorable Mention All-American honors that season ... The rebounding average still rates as the 4th-best in MU single-season history, and his 313 rebounds that year was the most by a Tiger since 1952 ... Career average of 10.1 rebounds per game ranks as 3rd-best in MU history, and he also ranks 15th on the school scoring chart, with 1,347 points ... A solid foul shooter who ranks 5th on the MU career free throw percentage list, with a success rate of 79.9% ... Was a first-round draft choice by the NBA's Detroit Pistons in 1974, and played for Detroit through 1978, seeing action on three playoff teams there ... A Springville, Iowa native who is a member of the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame ... Is a former MU Athletic Department employee, and now works with the University Development Office.
CORBY JONES - One of the most dynamic quarterbacks to every play for Mizzou, a true run-pass threat who will always be remembered for leading MU to bowl games (1997 Holiday and 1998 Insight.com) for the first time since 1983 ... Led MU to a 34-31 victory over West Virginia in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl, which marked Mizzou's first bowl win since 1981, as he rushed for three touchdowns and threw for 130 yards in the contest ... Is the only player in school history to rank in the top-10 in rushing, passing, total offense and scoring ... Holds the school career records in points (228) and touchdowns (38), and also ranks 3rd in total offense (6,230 yards), 4th in rushing (2,533), 5th in passing (3,697 yards) and 5th in passing efficiency (119.6 rating) ... Was a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate entering his senior season, but his statistics were hampered quite a bit due to a lingering toe injury that limited his mobility ... Also played his senior year after the tragic death of his father, Curtis, a Tiger assistant coach who died suddenly of a heart attack prior to the season ... Still earned 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 1998, despite the injury, as he passed for 1,281 yards and rushed for 536 with a team-high 20 touchdowns (11 rushing, nine passing) ... Was named a 1st-Team All-Big 12 quarterback as a junior in 1997, after setting a school record at the time with 2,545 yards of total offense (1,658 passing, 887 rushing), and adding 26 touchdowns (14 rushing, 12 passing) ... A true scholar-athlete in the finest sense of the term, who was one of 17 people to receive the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998 ... Is also one of only 10 Tigers to earn 1st-Team Academic All-Conference honors three times ... Also was named a GTE District VII Academic All-American as a senior ... Played in the Hula Bowl all-star game following his senior season, and played professionally with Montreal of the CFL and St. Louis in an indoor league before returning to MU to complete his law degree.
ALBERT LANE - Was a four-time All-American for Mizzou in the hurdles ... A Philadelphia, Pa. native who culminated his Tiger career with a national championship in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Won the Big Eight Indoor 55-meter hurdle title as a senior in 1984, with a school-record time of 7.16 seconds, and also finished 2nd in that same event in 1983 ... Helped lead MU to consecutive 4x100 relay titles at the 1983 and 1984 Big Eight Outdoor Championships ... Still holds the MU indoor 55-meter hurdle record, and is 4th on the school outdoor 110-meter hurdle chart, with a best of 13.61 seconds.
BRUCE VAN DYKE - A two-way starter on both offensive and defensive lines who was considered one of the top linemen of his time in the rugged Big Eight Conference ... A 1st-Team All-Big Eight selection in 1965, who played on Dan Devine-coached Tiger teams that went a combined 21-8-2 from 1963-65 ... The 1963 team finished the year ranked 16th in the country, while the 1964 squad finished with a number 18 ranking ... The 1965 squad, on which he served as a captain, finished the year ranked 6th nationally, and closed the season with a win over Florida in the 1966 Sugar Bowl ... Helped pave the way for running back Charlie Brown on offense to set a single-season rushing record in 1965, and on the other side of the ball, showed his prowess by notching a late-game quarterback sack against Oklahoma that helped preserve a 14-14 tie with the Sooners in Norman in 1964 ... Selected to play in the 1966 Hula Bowl, and went on to play in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (1966), Pittsburgh Steelers (1967-73) and Green Bay Packers (1975-76) ... Was an All-Pro selection in 1972 and 1973 ... A native of Independence, Mo., who now resides in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area, where he is a very successful businessman.