50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1993

Published Wednesday, November 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 providing you with information on all of our Inductees beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and culminating with the Class of 2018.

Number 22 of 50

Class of 1993


Young Boozer 

Young Boozer was born July 9, 1912 in Noma, Florida. He attended Dothan High School. He became an outstanding football and baseball player at the University of Alabama. He was a member of the 1934 football team that went undefeated and won the Rose Bowl, defeating Stanford. His roommate in college was Paul Bryant. In baseball he led Alabama to two SEC Championships and hit .482 in one season. In 1961 he was named to the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American team. He is deceased.


Lorenzo "Piper" Davis
Lorenzo "Piper" Davis was born July 3, 1917 in Piper, Alabama. One of the state's all-time best athletes-major- league caliber in both baseball and basketball. One of the most versatile players in baseball history, he could play any position expertly, as well as run, and hit with power and average. A real star in the Negro Leagues, he was finally signed by the Boston Red Sox. He later managed the Birmingham Black Barons and became the mentor to superstar Willie Mays. Piper played for several years with the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. Davis passed away in May of 1997.





Gardner Dickinson  
Gardner Dickinson was born September 13, 1927 in Dothan, Alabama. Attended L.S.U. and studied at the University of Alabama. Outstanding amateur golfer winning some 37 tournaments, including the state championships. He turned pro in 1952 and became a protégée of Ben Hogan, winning eight PGA tournaments. He was a member of the Ryder Cup teams of 1967 and 1971 and had an outstanding record in these events. In 1978 he teamed with Sam Snead to win the Legends of Golf tournament, the forerunner of the Senior Tour. He is deceased.

Danny Ford
Danny Ford was born April 2, 1948 in Gadsden, Alabama. He played football at the University of Alabama, where he was an All-SEC performer on the field and an All-SEC academic performer off the field. An assistant coach at Alabama and Virginia Tech, he went to Clemson as an assistant in 1977. He became head coach the last game of 1978, and in 1981, at the age of 33, he led them to a National Championship, the youngest coach in NCAA history to do so. He left Clemson in 1990, and from 1993-97 was the head coach at the University of Arkansas where he won the Western Division Championship in 1995.


Alex Grammas

Alex Grammas was born April 3, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex was an outstanding baseball player at Phillips High School and Mississippi State University. He signed a pro contract in 1949, and reached the Major Leagues in 1954, where he stayed for the next 37 years as a player, manager or coach. He played 10 years with St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago with a lifetime batting average of .247, as a Golden Glove-type shortstop. His greatest fame came as a coach. For years he was considered the premier third base coach, working for Sparky Anderson at Cincinnati and Detroit. Served briefly as the manager at Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.


C. M. Newton



C. M. Newton was born February 2, 1930. Attended the University of Kentucky and played basketball on their 1951 National Championship team. Signed a baseball contract with the New York Yankees and pitched briefly in the minor leagues. Coached basketball at Transylvania College for 12 years, and in 1969 was hired by Coach Paul Bryant to rebuild the University of Alabama's basketball program. In 12 years his record was 211-123 with 2 trips to the NCAA tournament and 4 to the NIT. Served one year as Assistant Commissioner of the SEC and 8 years as the basketball coach at Vanderbilt. In 1989 he became the Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky.





Mel Rosen
Mel Rosen was born March 24, 1928. Coached for 37 seasons in the track program at Auburn, 27 as the Head Coach, coaching both men and women. From 1977 through 1980, his teams won 4 straight SEC Indoor titles and the 1979 team won the Outdoor SEC Championship, also and finished third in the NCAA meet. He has coached 11 Olympians, 162 All-Americans and 134 SEC Champions. He has been named SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year three times. He has coached in several national and international events. In 1987 he was the U.S. Head Coach for the World's Championship and in 1992 he was the Head Coach for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team.