Sports Hall of Fame
Honoring Our Glorious Past
First Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Attended by 272 Guests
A sold out banquet room of 272 guests attended the first induction ceremony and dinner of the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame on April 23 in the Perkins Building at Eastern Kentucky University as 10 individuals plus four teams of distinction were honored.
The Class of 2022 includes Fred Ballou (football), Earle Combs (baseball), Billy Evans (basketball, tennis), Ralph Hacker (broadcasting), Charles T. "Turkey" Hughes (baseball coach/administrator), Roy Kidd (football coach), Don Mills (basketball), Don Richardson (baseball coach/player), Irvine Shanks (basketball), Katty Wylie (golfer).
The four teams to be recognized include the 1921 Madison High School football team, and the 1940, 1942, and 1943 Richmond High School boys basketball teams.
Bart Bellairs, chairman of the MCSHOF Board of Directors announced during the ceremony that the Madison County Public Library on West Main Street in downtown Richmond will serve as the home for the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame display room, thanks to the kindness of Christina Cornelison, director of the Madison County Public Libraries.
From the time a group of young men stepped onto the football field at Madison High School in 1921, sports have played a key role in Madison County's history. Sports have brought communities together throughout the county, encouraged friendly competition, brought regional and state recognition to special teams, individual athletes, and coaches. For more than a century, sports have given the citizens of Madison County a sense of pride..
To recognize and honor that history, a group of sports-minded citizens has come together to organize a Board of Directors for the purpose of establishing a Madison County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors will enshrine individuals who have excelled as athletes, built outstanding coaching careers, served in valuable administrative and community sports leadership or volunteer roles, been instrumental as members of the sports media or SID professions in keeping the community informed of sports achievements, and recognize special teams that have achieved significant honors and milestones.
The Board of Directors is inviting the Madison County
community to get involved in the Hall of Fame selection process by submitting their nominations of deserving candidates. Just simply review the selection criteria by clicking on the button above and then complete and return the nomination form. Directions on how to submit nominations are included on the form.
Preserving Special Achievements
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For Future Induction