50 Classes ASHOF Class of 1983

Class of 1983

Published Thursday, August 24, 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 14th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1983

  


 

 Maxie Baughan

 
 
 
Maxie Baughan was born August 3, 1938 in Forkland, AL. He played his collegiately at Georgia Tech at both center and linebacker.  He was a consensus All-American linebacker in 1959.  He was the Southeastern Conference Lineman of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player in the 1960 Gator Bowl.  He set a Georgia Tech single-season record with 124 tackles in 1959.  He captained the team his senior year.  In the 1960 NFL Draft he was a second round (20 overall) pick of the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was selected to the Pro-Bowl nine times (five with the Eagles and four with Los Angeles Rams).  In his rookie year, he helped the Eagles win the NFL Championship.  He was named All-Pro three times.  After six seasons with Eagles he was trade to the Rams, where he was named Defensive Captain.  He retired after the 1970 season.  He was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech for two years.  George Allen was the Head Coach of Washington Redskins talked him out of retirement and he played one year for the Redskins as a player/coach.  He finished his career with 18 interceptions (including 1 returned for a touchdown) and 10 fumble recoveries during his 11 year career.  He was an assistant coach for six teams in the NFL.  On the college level he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech and Head Coach at Cornell University.  His 1988 team was the  co-champion of the Ivy League.  He has been inducted in College Football Hall of Fame the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Thomas Jenkins 

 Robert Thomas Jenkins was born August 16, 1923, at Talladega, AL. He played football one year at the University of Alabama in 1942 and lettered.  He played his remain three years at U.S. Naval Academy.  He was a consensus All American at halfback in 1944 for the Midshipmen.  A knee injury in 1945 hampered his career.  In the 1945 NFL Draft he was 17th round draft pick of the Washington Redskins.  He served in the U.S. Navy until he retired in 1950.  He passed away on November 23, 2001.   

 

 

 

George Smith Lindsey
 
 George Smith Lindsey was born December 17, 1928, in Fairfield, AL. He played football at  Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama).  He is best known as, "Goober" on Andy Griffith Show. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as a a Benefactor for all the work he had done for the Alabama Special Olympics.  He initiated the George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Classic in Montgomery in 1971 to raise funds for the Alabama Special Olympics.  During the 17 year run, the tournament raised over one million dollars for Special Olympics in this state.  He participated as Head Coach-Winter Games in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Special Olympics National Competition.  He established and perpetuated the George Lindsey Academic Scholarships at University of North Alabama.  In 1992, the university gave him an honorary doctorate.  He passed away on May 6, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 Billy Neighbors
 
Billy Neighbors born February 4, 1940 in Tuscaloosa, AL.  He played  collegiately at the University of Alabama and was a two way starter on both the offensive and defensive lines. He was captain of the 1961 undefeated Crimson Tide National Championship team.  He was a consensus All-American in 1961.  He was selected as the Most Valuable Lineman in the Senior Bowl that season.  He was a six round draft pick in the 1962 AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots).  He played four years with the Patriots and four years with the Miami Dolphins.  He was a two time All-Pro and was selected as an AFL-Star in 1963. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He was named to the Boston Patriots 1960's All Decade Team. One of the Crimson Tide's spring awards is named in his honor "The Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman Award."  He passed away on April 30, 2012.
 
 


 

Charles Evart Street

Charles Evart Street was born September 30, 1882, in Huntsville, AL. He started his Major League career in 1900 played seven seasons over a span of 31 years.  He has the longest gap between games played of 19 years.  He played for six different teams.  He was best know as being Walter Johnson's favorite catcher.  He caught for Walter for four years with the Washington Senators.  On August 21, 1908, he achieved a measure of immortality by catching a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument (a distance of 555 feet). After his playing career he became a manager both in the minor and major leagues (18 years with 8 minor league teams and four major league teams).  In the majors he led the St. Louis Cardinals to two National League Championships (1930–31) and one World  Series title (1931).   In the major leagues he won 365 and lost 332 (.524).  After World War II, he would return to St. Louis and the major leagues, as a color commentator for Cardinals and the St. Louis  Browns radio broadcasts.  He passed away on February 6, 1951.
 
 
 

 




 

Billy Leo Williams 
 
 
Billy Leo Williams was born June 15, 1938, in Whistler, AL.  He played in the Major Leagues for 18 seasons (16 with the Chicago Cubs and two with Oakland A's.  He is considered one of the best Cubs players ever. He was the 1961 National League  Rookie of the Year.  He was a National League All-Star six times. In 1972, he won the National League batting title, hitting .333 and he was named the Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News.  That year he also had a .606 slugging percentage, while hitting 37 home runs and had 122 RBI's.  After being traded to the Oakland A's after the 1974 season, he helped  lead the A's to the American League West Championship as a designated hitter, hitting 23 homers with 81 RBI's.   For his career he  hit 426 home runs, including 30 or more in five seasons. His career batting average was .290, he hit over .300 in five seasons.  For his career he had 1,475 RBI's and had over 100 RBI's in three seasons.  At the time of his retirement he set a National League record for consecutive games played with 1,117 from 1963 to 1970.  In 1999, he was selected as a member of the Cubs All-Century Team.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. On August 13, 1987,  his uniform number 26 was retired at Wrigley Field. He was the second Cub to have his uniform number retired. On September 7, 2010 the Cubs honored him with a statue outside of Wrigley Field.   In 2011, he was appointed as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 16-member Golden Era Committee which considers ten Golden Era candidates every three years for the Hall of Fame.