50 Classes of the ASHOF Class of 1970

Published Wednesday, May 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 2nd of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1970


Henry Gorham Crisp

Henry Gorham Crisp was born December 10, 1896, at Crisp, North Carolina. "Hustln Hank" lost his right hand at age 13 cutting corn to fill a silo. He went to Alabama in 1921 to coach track and retired in 1967. He was the basketball coach from 1924-42 with 266 wins and 129 losses. He served as athletic director twice, once for eight years and again for three. He was a line coach for Xen Scott, Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Red Drew and J. B. Whitworth. His career spanned six Rose Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, an Orange Bowl, 184 wins, 64 losses and 15 ties. He is enshrined in the Helms Hall of Fame. He passed away January 23, 1970.

John William Heisman
John William Heisman was born October 23, 1869, in Cleveland, Ohio. Played collegiately at Brown and the University of Pennsylvania.  He coached at eight different schools including Oberlin, Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Washington and Jefferson and Rice.  His coaching stint at Auburn was from 1895 to 1899.  He coached for 36 years with a record of 186-69-17. His innovations in football were many. Each year the nation's outstanding collegiate player receives from the New York Touchdown Club the Heisman Trophy, named in his honor. He is enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame.  He passed away October 3, 1936.


Wilbur H. Hutsell
Wilbur H. Hutsell was born November 10, 1892, in Mobley, Missouri. He was a quarter miler at the University of Missouri from 1911 to 1914 where he served in his first job as assistant track coach. In 1921 he was named track coach at Auburn. Before retiring in 1963, his teams had won 112 dual meets, lost only 25 and were three times SEC Champions. He was on the Olympic coaching staff in 1924, ‘28, and ‘32 and was president of the National Track Coaches Association in 1941 and ‘42. He was enshrined in the Helms Track and Field Hall of Fame. A very popular coach, he served as Auburn's athletic director twice and was also a long-time athletic trainer.  He passed away December 8, 1980.


James (Jesse) Owens
James (Jesse) Owens was born in Danville, Alabama, on September 12, 1913. As a high schooler in Cleveland, Ohio, Jesse set world records of 9.4 seconds in the 100 yard dash, 20.7 seconds in the 200 yard dash and 24' 11 3/4" broad jump. On May 25, 1935, at the Big 10 Meet, he set three new world records in the 220 yard low hurdles, the broad jump, and tied the 100 yard dash world record. In the 1936 Olympics, in Berlin, Germany he won four Gold Medals.  He set new records in the 200 meter, the broad jump, as part of the 400 meter relay team, and tied the record in the 100 meter dash. He is one of only three men to win four gold medals in track and field in the same Olympics.  In 1976 he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1979 he received the Living Legends Award. He passed away March 31, 1980.


Joseph Wheeler Sewell

Joseph Wheeler Sewell was born October 9, 1898, in Titus, Alabama. Joe played baseball and football at the University of Alabama. After graduation in May of 1920, he was in the World Series in October and had five hits in 15 times at bat playing for Cleveland. In the 1932 World Series, as a New York Yankee, he drove in the winning run for the deciding game against Chicago. In his 14 year career he played in 1,903 games, had 7,132 at bat.  Known as "No Strike Joe" he batted .312 with only 114 strike-outs. In 1925 and 1929 seasons, he struck out only four times. His best year was in 1923 when he batted .352. He holds the record for lowest strikeout rate in major league history, striking out on average only once in 63 at bats.  He also holds the record for most consecutive games without a strikeout at 115.  He was the Crimson Tide baseball coach from 1964 to 1968.  He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.  He passed away March 6, 1990.

William T. Van De Graaff

William T. Van de Graaff was born October 25, 1895, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He played football at the University of Alabama from 1912 to 1915. He was the first Southerner to be named All-American by Parke Davis and by Walter Camp in 1915. He was a punter, a kicker, and a tackle of high regard. He went to West Point and after World War I, "Bully" coached for Xen Scott and Wallace Wade. He went to Colorado College as head football coach in 1926 and stayed through 1939. Then he went on to a distinguished army career and retired as a colonel. He passed away April 26, 1977.

Wallace Wade
Wallace Wade was born on June 15, 1892, in Trenton, Tennessee. He began his coaching career at Fitzgerald Clark Prep School in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and in 1921 went to Vanderbilt. Two years later he came to the University of Alabama staying for eight years and enjoying great successes-four Southern Conference Champions, three National Champions, three Rose Bowl victories.  His overall record at Alabama was 61 wins, 13 losses and 3 ties. Coach Wade played a big part in bringing national attention to the power of southern football. In 1931 he went to Duke University for 16 seasons, broken up by four years of World War II.  His record at Duke was 110 wins, 36 losses and seven ties.  The stadium at Duke was named in his honor in 1967. In 1950 he became Southern Conference Commissioner. He is enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame and Helms Hall of Fame. He passed away September 23, 1986.


Early Wynn Jr.
Early Wynn, Jr. was born in Hartford, Alabama, on January 6, 1920. A broken leg in high school football was the deciding factor in Early's following in his dad's footsteps as a pitching. He played for 23 years in the Major Leagues, for the  Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and the White Sox. He won the coveted Cy Young Award in 1959. He was selected to eight American League All-Star teams and played in six of the All-Star games. On July 13, 1963, he became the 14th member of the 300 win club.  He coached for three years each for both the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins. He was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.  He passed away  April 4, 1999.