This is the 50 Classes of the ASHOF Class of 1984

Class of 1984

Published Thursday, August 31, 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 15th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1984



Robert Arthur Allison

 Robert Arthur Allison, was born December 3, 1937,  in Hialeah, FL. He has logged over 2,400 career starts and 717 wins in divisions including
NASCAR, Busch, ARCA, IROC, USAC, Indy, late model modifiers, dirt and ice. He has 85 Winston Cup victories (only 84 are officially acknowledged by the NASCAR record book). He won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship in 1983 after having placed second five other times. He has won 52 Superspeedway Winston Cup pole positions and 57 career pole positions.  In 1982 be won the Busch Clash and by winning the Daytona 500 was the first to win over $100,000 in a single Winston Cup event. In 1987 he became the fastest GM race qualifier for the Winston 500 at Talladega running a speed of 211.797 mph and it remains the record. In 1988, he started the year off by winning one of the Daytona 125 mile qualifying races, the Busch race and the Daytona 500. He was named the Auto Racing Driver of the Year two times and most popular driver seven times. He has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame,  the Texaco Walk of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Hampton's Speedway Lane Hall of Fame, and many others. In 1999, he was voted one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers. He was named 4th in NASCAR driver’s of the century, earning the name “The Legend” and was the first to be inducted into the Monster Monument at Dover Downs International Motorspeedway, May 2008. 






Joe Domnanovich 

 Joe Domnanovich was born March 18, 1919, in South Bend, Indiana. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama from 1938-'42.  He played both linebacker and center and became an All-American center for the Crimson Tide. He was the team captain his senior year and helped Alabama win the Orange Bowl that season.  He was voted to the All-Time Alabama team for the first 50 years of Alabama football (1892–1942) in 1943.   In the 1943 NFL Draft he was a four round and 28th pick overall by Boston Yanks.  Before his pro career started he served our country in World War II in the  3rd Army European Theater Special Services from 1943-1946.  He played six seasons for the Yanks and the New York Bulldogs/Yanks.  He was inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.   He passed away on January 20, 2009.






Vincent Joseph Dooley
 Vincent Joseph Dooley was  on September 4, 1932 in Mobile, AL. He played collegiately at  Auburn University and was captain of the 1953 team.  He quarterbacking them to their first winning season in 17 years. After his senior year he was invited to play in the College All-Star Game in Chicago (1954).  After his college career he served in  U.S. Marine Corp. for two years. He then returned to Auburn as an assistant football coach and then as Freshman Football Coach..  Then in 1964 he was selected as Head Football Coach at the University of Georgia. During his 25 years as Head Coach of  the Bulldogs, he led them  to 20 post-season bowl appearances and at the time of his retirement was ranked third in wins among active coaches. He led the Bulldogs to a National Championship in 1980.  He was named National Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1982, and was honored as Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year seven times. He compiled an overall record of 201-77-10 with the Bulldogs. He served as Athletic Director at Georgia from 1979 to 2004.  During his tenure as AD Georgia teams won 23 national championships and 78 SEC titles.  He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994,  the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame.  He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association  in 2001.  In 2004 he was inducted into UGA's Circle of Honor, which is the school's highest tribute to former athletes and coaches. In September 2007, he was given the Homer Rice Award, the highest honor given by the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association.  He was awarded the 2011 Georgia Trustee, given by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to individuals whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees.  He was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.
John Malcolm Laney 
John Malcolm Laney was born 1910 in Ragland, AL. After a year of football at Birmingham Southern, he transferred to the University of Alabama to play basketball.  He lettered in basketball from 1930 to 1932 and played guard on Alabama's only unbeaten team, the 1930 Southern Champions. Gained coaching prominence as Woodlawn High School Head Football Coach where his team won seven city and five state championships in 11 years with 76-14 record. In 1944 he returned to Alabama as an assistant football coach until 1957.  He was also Head Basketball Coach for the Crimson Tide for one season (1944-'45).  He also served as Head Golf Coach from 1952-'54.  After his tenure as a coach ended, he continued to serve the University as a field representative for the University Alumni Office from 1958 until his retirement 1972. He passed away March 24, 1985.



Willie Lee McCovey 

 Willie Lee McCovey was born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, AL. He spent five years in minor leagues and then had a 22 year career in the Major Leagues with three different teams (San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Oakland A's).  In his Major League debut on July 30, 1959, he went four-for-four (hitting two triples and two singles).  He then took National League Rookie of the Year honors while playing in just 52 games. He had a 22-game hitting streak, setting the mark for San Francisco Giants rookies that still stands and  just four short of the all-time team record.  He played in six All-Star games.  His best year statistically was 1969 when he hit 45 home runs, had 126 RBI and batted .320 to become the National League Most Valuable Player.  Three times he was the National League home run leader.  Two times was the National League RBI leader.  He became the first player in Major League history to hit two home runs in one inning twice in his career.  In 1977 at age 39, he had 28 home runs and 86 RBI and was named the Comeback Player of the Year.  He hit his 500th home run on June 30, 1978.  He hit his 521 and last home run on May 3, 1980.  With that last home run he became only the fourth player in Major League history to hit home runs in four decades (1950's, '60's, 70's and '80's).  At the time of his retirement, he was one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League baseball games in four decades.  For his career he batted .270, with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBI, 1,229 runs scored, 2,211 hits, 353 doubles, 46 triples, a .374 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage. He also hit 18 grand slam home runs in his career, which is still a National League record.  He was inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility in 1986.  In 1999,  he ranked 56th on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.  The inlet of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field fence of AT&T Park, historically known as China Basin, has been named McCovey Cove in his honor.  The Giants retired his uniform number 44 on September 21, 1980.




Jack Meagher
 Jack Meagher was born July 5, 1894 in Chicago, IL.  He played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame.  After his college career he played for the Chicago Tigers in 1920, the first year of the NFL.  He then went into coaching.  He coach football at St. Edward's University, Rice and then at Auburn University from 1934-1942.  During his nine year career as the Auburn Head Coach he compiled a 48–37–10 record.  In 1936 he led the Tigers to their first Bowl game ever in the Bacardi Bowl. The game was held in Havana, Cuba.  The following year he led the Tigers to victory in the Orange Bowl over Michigan State.  In that Orange Bowl,  the Tigers defense held Michigan State to just two first downs.   He was named SEC Coach of Year in 1935. During his tenure at Auburn his players were known as the Meagher's Marauders because of the aggression on the football field and most of the games they played were on the road. During his first six years at Auburn, his players played only three home games. He was the driving force behind the building of Auburn's stadium which open in 1939.  During World War II he served as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy.  He passed away on December 7, 1968.