50 Classes of the ASHOF Class of 1971

Published Thursday, June 1, 2017 4:00 pm

On April 28, 2018, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 50th Class.  In celebration of this milestone, we will be sending an email out each week, over the next 50 weeks, beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and culminating with the

Class of 2018.

This is the 3rd of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1971


William Ben Chapman

William Ben Chapman was born December 25, 1908, in Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1915.   He turned down football scholarships at Alabama and Purdue to play baseball. His professional baseball career spanned the years from 1928 to ‘46 as a player and from 1945 to ‘53 as a manager. He played at New York Yankees, Washington Senators (twice), Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies where he also managed for four years.  He played in the first three All-Star games for the American League and total of four for his career.  He led the AL in stolen bases for four seasons (1931–33 and '37); his 61 stolen bases in 1931 would be the most in the majors between 1921 and 1961 (equaled only by George Case in 1943).  He was a member the of the Yankees World Series Championship team in 1932.  He appeared in 1,717 games over 15 seasons, batting .302 lifetime with 287 stolen bases (including 15 of home), 1,144 runs, 90 home runs, 407 doubles, 107 triples and 977 RBI.  He passed away on July 7, 1993.

Harold D. Drew
Harold D. Drew was born in Dwyer Brook, Maine, on November 9, 1894. He started his coaching career at Trinity College from 1920 through 1923. Upon a recommendation from Knute Rockne, Coach Drew came south to Birmingham Southern in 1924. In 1928, he went to Chattanooga until Frank Thomas called him to coach the ends at the University of Alabama in 1931. In 1946, Coach Drew went to the University of Mississippi. After one year, he came back as head football coach at Alabama from 1947 to 1954 with a record of 55-28-7. He was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1952.  He led the Crison Tide to the  SEC Champions in 1953. He had 23 seasons as Alabama's track coach and recorded 84 dual meet wins and 26 losses. He retired in 1965. He passed away October 20, 1979.


Howard Hill
Howard Hill was born November 13, 1899, in Wilsonville, Alabama. He played baseball at Auburn from 1920 to 1923 and went on to become the World's Greatest Archer. He won 196 consecutive field archery tournaments between 1926 and 1942. He won the International field meet in 1942. He took more than 2,000 game animals and 1,000 reptiles and fish in 12 countries. He was the first man to kill a bull elephant with a bow and arrow. He did practically all the archery stunts in Hollywood movies in the 1940's and 1950's. Howard Hill's domination of archery earned him a place in the Helms Hall of Fame. He passed away February 4, 1975.


Millard F. "Dixie" Howell
Millard F. Howell was born November 24, 1912, in Hartford, Alabama. "Dixie" was a triple threat All- Southeastern Conference at the University of Alabama in 1933 and ‘34. He was named All-American in 1934.  He set an SEC record for the longest punt-89 yards against Tennessee in 1933. In the 1935 Rose Bowl, he threw two touchdown passes to Don Hutson and ran for two more as Alabama defeated Stanford  29-13.  For his play he was named MVP.  He is a member of the All-Time Rose Bowl Team.   He passed away March 2, 1971.


Thomas Kirkpatrick

"Tackhole" Lee

Thomas Kirkpatrick Lee was born June 18, 1889, in Fort Mills, South Carolina. He enlisted in 1917 in the U.S. Army. "Tackhole" moved to Birmingham after his tour of duty and became the World's Greatest All-American Shot. He set more than 28 world records and won over 900 trophies. He invented the Lee Dot gunsight and the Lee Tomic shell. In 1913 he shot a perfect 2000 x 2000 as National Rifle Champion. His lifetime ATA average was 96% on 100,000 targets. He had a standing offer of a $15,000 side purse to meet any man in the world in rifle, pistol, shotgun combined competition. He passed away August 9, 1957.


Sanders Russell
Sanders Russell was born April 26, 1900, in Stevenson, Alabama. He graduated from Jackson County High School and played baseball and tennis at Auburn. Sanders began harness racing while still in school and won his first race in 1915. The U.S. Trotting Association's official records credit him with 1,116 first places, 531 seconds and 503 thirds. He won more than 20 major stakes with world records in 1946 and ‘55. His total winnings were over $2,000,000. In 1962, at age 62 and recovering from a broken leg, Sanders won the famed Hambletonian on A.C.'s Viking. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1970. He passed away in 1982.


Jackson Riggs Stephenson
Jackson Riggs Stephenson was born January 5, 1898, in Akron, Alabama. Riggs played football and baseball at the University of Alabama from 1919 through 1921. Dr. George Denny, President of the University of Alabama, said, "He is the embodiment of cleanliness, manliness, and courage." He was an All-Southern fullback in 1919 and 1920.   He played professional baseball for Cleveland (1921-1924), Kansas City (1924), and the Chicago Cubs (1925-1934). He played in two World Series. His  .336 career batting average is 22nd highest in major league history, and he is also tied with that of Bill Madlock's for the highest in Chicago Cubs team history.  He hit over .300 in all but two of his seasons in the big leagues. He finished his career with Indianapolis (1935), and Birmingham (1936 and 1937). He managed Helena (1938) and Montgomery (1939). He passed away November 15, 1985.


Charles William Streit Jr.
Charles William Streit, Jr. was born June 1, 1884, in Birmingham , Alabama. He was a three sport letterman at Auburn (1904-05) and at Washington and Lee (1907-08).   He was one of six track managers on the U.S. Olympic teams that went to Paris (1924), Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and Berlin (1936). In 1924, he was appointed chairman of the U.S: Olympic wrestling committee and that team became the first from the United States to win the Olym-J pic wrestling title. That same year he also was named vice president of the- International Wrestling Association, the first American to hold the post. He was U.S. Olympic wrestling chairman in 1929, 1932 and 1936. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Olympics from 1948 to 1952. He officiated in 425 football games between 1920 and 1936. He refereed track meets from 1914 to 1965. He is enshrined in the Helms Hall of Fame. In 1951 he was elected to the National Football Hall of Fame.  He passed away on April 4, 1971.