Five former standout student-athletes have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 16th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Jan. 13th, at the Holiday Inn Select/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 Krista Danner in the Tiger Development Office, at (573) 884-6475. The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies at the next day's men's basketball game, Jan. 14th, 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 2005
Ron Cox - Baseball & Men's Basketball, 1960-62
An accomplished all-around athlete who was an All-American shortstop for the baseball team. Also was a starter and defensive standout in basketball as a sophomore;
Patty DeForrest - Women's Swimming, 1975-78
One of the most decorated women's swimmers in MU history, who won 14 Big Eight Conference titles and was a two-time All-American;
Brad Edelman - Football, 1978-81
Was an All-American center for Mizzou, playing on Tiger teams that won 31 games and made four consecutive bowl appearances before going on to a standout NFL career;
Derrick Peterson - Men's Track & Field, 1997-2000
One of the most accomplished track athletes in Mizzou history, who won two NCAA national titles, six All-American honors, and eight Big 12 titles at 800 meters;
Joe Shy - Men's Track & Field, 1941-43
An All-American sprinter and world-record setting hurdler who was a four-time conference champion in various events. Was part of two MU conference championship 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 149 individuals and two national championship teams in the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.
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
RON COX - The first superstar shortstop in Mizzou Baseball history, who earned first-team All-American honors as a sophomore in 1960 after hitting .407 that season (the highest ever at the time by an All-American shortstop) and driving in a then-school record 36 runs ... Became the first-ever sophomore in school history to earn first-team All-American honors, and was featured on the cover of the 1961 Official NCAA Baseball Guide ... Earned First-Team All-Big Eight honors in 1960, as well as First-Team All-District V honors that same year ... An outstanding all-around athlete who also lettered on MU's basketball team in 1960 ... Was a part-time starter who was regarded as one of the better defensive players in the conference ... He was instrumental in holding Nebraska star Hershel Turner below his scoring average in one game which helped lead to a Tiger victory ... Was also offered a scholarship to play quarterback at Mizzou by coaches Frank Broyles and Dan Devine, but declined the offer to focus on baseball ... Later went on to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1962, and played for nine years in the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations ... A native of Columbia, Mo., who now lives in the state of Virginia.
PATTY DeFORREST - Was one of the most decorated swimmers in Mizzou women's history ... Joins her brother Kevin, who was a 2003 men's swimming inductee in the Mizzou Athletic Hall of Fame, to become the first brother-sister combination to enter the hall ... Was one of MU's first-ever women's swimming conference champions and All-Americans, and she won 14 Big Eight Conference championships (10 individual, four relays) all told in various freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and relay events ... Held the Big Eight record for most career points scored in conference championships at the time of her graduation ... Was a two-time All-American, as part of 200 freestyle relay teams that scored nationally in 1977 and 1978 - the first-ever All-American finishes by the MU women's swimming program ... Big Eight individual titles included the 50 Freestyle (1975, 1976, 1977), the 100 Freestyle (1975), the 50 Butterfly (1975, 1976, 1977), the 100 Butterfly (1976, 1977) and the 50 Backstroke (1977) ... Was part of relay teams that won Big Eight championships in the 200 Freestyle Relay (1976, 1977, 1978) and 400 Freestyle Relay (1976) ... Ended her career holding as many as seven different school records, and a couple of Big Eight Conference records as well ... Was a three-year team co-captain who later served as an assistant coach for the women's program at Mizzou ... Later went on to coach swimming at Clayton High School in her hometown of St. Louis, Mo., before serving as the director of the City of Clayton Parks and Recreation Service.
BRAD EDELMAN - A St. Louis, Mo., native who was a rock on an offensive line that helped lead Mizzou Football to four consecutive winning seasons, and four straight bowl game appearances, from 1978-81 ... Earned All-American honors as a senior in 1981, despite missing two games during the season due to a knee injury ... Helped lead Tigers to 31 wins in four years, and appearances in the 1978 Liberty Bowl, the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1980 Liberty Bowl and the 1981 Tangerine Bowl ... Mizzou won all of those bowl games, with the exception of the 1980 game, beating ranked opponents in 1979 and 1981 ... Was a team captain in 1981, and earned All-Big Eight honors in 1980, and later played in the Hula Bowl and Olympia Gold Bowl all-star games following his senior season in 1981 ... Was voted by MU fans onto Mizzou's All-Century Team in 1990 ... Went on to a solid professional football career, as he played offensive guard for the New Orleans Saints from 1982-90 ... Was a Pro-Bowl starter in 1987, and earned Pro-Bowl alternate status in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1988, as well ... Worked as an actor in Hollywood for a period of time after finishing his pro football career, and has since gone on to become an accomplished photographer in the New Orleans area, where he currently resides.
Derrick Peterson - One of the most accomplished track and field athletes in Missouri history who did his damage at 800 meters on the oval ... Dominated the half-mile winning virtually every title of distinction during his time - was a two-time NCAA champion, six-time All-American, eight-time Big 12 champion, 15-time All-Big 12 performer and a four-time Drake Relays champion ... Swept the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor championships at 800 meters in 1999, winning the first-ever middle distance individual national title in men's program history ... Set the U.S. men's collegiate indoor record for 800 meters, when he ran a 1:45.88 to win the 1999 NCAA title - a record that still stands today ... Was a perfect eight-for-eight in Big 12 800 meter championships as he won all eight indoor and outdoor league championship 800-meter races from 1997-2000 ... Was a three-time runner-up in the NCAA Indoor (twice) and Outdoor (once) Championships ... Holds both the MU indoor (1:45.88) and outdoor (1:45.18) records at 800 meters ... Has gone on to an outstanding professional career, as he won the 2002 U.S. Indoor title and finished as runner-up indoors in 2004 and outdoors in 2001 ... Qualified for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, as part of the U.S. Track and Field Team, based on his 3rd-place finish in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials ... Also was the first alternate for the U.S. team for the 2005 World Championships, after finishing 4th at the U.S. National Championships ... Earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management from Mizzou in 2000 ... A native of Jonesboro, Ga.
JOE SHY - An All-American sprinter who doubled as a world-record setting hurdler for the Mizzou Track and Field program in the 1940s ... Earned All-American honors in 1943 based on his performance at the national meet in the 330-yard dash ... Was a four-time Big Six Conference champion: Indoor 60-yard hurdles (1942); Outdoor 220-yard low hurdles (1942); Outdoor 100-yard dash (1943) and Outdoor 200-yard dash (1943) ... Tied the world record in the 60-yard low hurdles in 1942 with a time of 6.9 seconds ... As a senior, was pushed into duty in the sprints when Mizzou's top sprinter - Owen Joggerst - was injured ... Went on to go undefeated in the 100 and 200-yard dashes during that outdoor season ... Ran on Missouri track teams that won indoor and outdoor Big Six Conference championships in 1943 ... A native of Chillicothe, Mo., who was a Missouri high school hurdles champion before coming to Mizzou ... Recently passed away, and will be inducted posthumously into the hall of fame.