50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1994

Published Wednesday, November 8, 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 23 of 50

Class of 1994


Paul Crane 

Paul Crane was born January 29, 1944 in Pascagoula, Mississippi. In 1961 named an All-State and All-American Center/Linebacker at Vigor High School. He signed with the University of Alabama and played in four Bowl games under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. The teams of 1964 and 1965 were named National Champions. He was All-SEC in 1964 and 1965, and All-American in 1965. He played for seven years with the New York Jets (1966-1973). He played with the 1969 Jets team that beat Baltimore and became Super Bowl Champions. He was voted "Most Popular Jet" in 1970. From 1974-1978 he served as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama and from 1978-1981 he was an assistant at Ole Miss. He has been honored with the "Paul Crane, I Like to Practice Award", given each spring at Alabama.


Luman Harris
Luman Harris was born January 17, 1915 in New Castle, Alabama. He spent 33 years in Professional Baseball as a player, coach and manager. His career began in 1936 when he signed with the Atlanta Crackers. He moved to the Big Leagues in 1941 as a pitcher with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. His record was 35-63. His last year as a player was 1947 with Washington. He coached for many years on Paul Richards' staff at Chicago, Baltimore and Houston. In 1961 he became the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. He managed Houston in 1964 and 1965, and during this time his Astros played the New York Yankees in the first Major League game ever played indoors, at the Astrodome. From 1968 to 1972 he managed the Atlanta Braves and in 1969 guided the Braves to the National League West Division Title. He passed away on November 11, 1996.




 Kirk Newell
Kirk Newell was born on November 4, 1890 in Dadeville, Alabama. Outstanding all-around athlete at Auburn. Lettered four years in football and baseball, one year in basketball, track and soccer. During his four years, the football team won 24, lost 4, tied 2 and scored 639 points to opponents' 111. He was captain of the 1913 undefeated Southern Champions gaining 1,707 yards, forty-four percent of the team's total. Through his career he gained 5,800 yards rushing, 350 passing and 1,200 in punt returns. Selected All-Southern, he is listed on Auburn's All-Time Team. Newell coached football at Auburn in 1914-1916 and 1922-1925. He organized and built the first golf course in Auburn. During WWI Newell was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for heroism. He passed away in 1967.
Lloyd Nix
Lloyd Nix was born on December 7, 1936 in Carbon Hill, Alabama. He quarterbacked the best back-to-back seasons in Auburn football history, 10-0 and National Champions in 1957, and 9-0-1 in 1958 with a fourth place finish in the AP Poll. Moved from halfback to quarterback before this 1957 Junior season, he was second in the SEC in total offense. The next year as a Senior and team Captain he led the conference in total offense, playing both offense and defense, and twice named to the All-SEC team.. In 1958 he was the first baseman on Auburn's SEC baseball Champions and was named to the All-SEC team. During the 1959 season he had a perfect 9-0 pitching record. He won the 1959 Cliff Hare Award as Auburn's outstanding senior athlete.


Jerry Pate

Jerry Pate was born September 16, 1953 in Macon, Georgia. he moved to Anniston, Alabama in 1954 then to Pensacola, Florida in 1967. He received a golf scholarship to the University of Alabama where he played for 4 years, was captain of the team and became a first team All-American. In 1974 he was the Florida Amateur Champion, the U.S. Amateur Champion, and was on the World Amateur Cup Team. In 1975 he was on the Walker Cup Team, was the low Amateur at the U.S. Open, and in 1976 after turning pro, won the U.S. Open. That year he also won the Canadian Open, the Japan Masters, and was co-player of the year with Jack Nicklaus. In 1977, Pate won the Phoenix Open and the Southern Open. In 1981, he won the Memphis Open, the Pensacola Open, and was on the winning Ryder Cup Team. In 1982, he won the Player's Championship.


Dwight Stephenson


Dwight Stephenson was born on November 20, 1957, in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. At the University of Alabama he was a three-time All-SEC selection as Center. As a Senior he was All-American. Called by Coach Bryant, "The greatest center I have ever coached". Played on three straight Sugar Bowl winners and two National Championship teams, 1978 and 1979. He signed with the Miami Dolphins and played nine years before an injury forced him to retire. Considered the best at his position in the NFL, he was selected for five straight Pro Bowls and started four. At Miami he anchored an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL each of his starting seasons. In 1985 he was selected as the NFL "Man of the Year" and in 1998 he will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio.