50 Classes of ASHOF Class of 1972

Class of 1972

Published Thursday, June 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 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 4th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1972


Charlie Boswell

Charles A. Boswell born December 22, 1916, Birmingham, Alabama, is the world's most renowned blind golfer, having won 16 national and 11 international blind golf championships. He had never played golf prior to his loss of vision as an infantry captain in Germany in World War II on November 30, 1944. Prior to military service, he was an outstanding football and baseball player at the University of Alabama.  He shot an 81 at Highland Park, his hometown golf course in Birmingham, AL., on October 5, 1956—a world record for a blind golfer at that time.  During his golf career he made three hole in ones.  He was the receipt of the Ben Hogan Trophy by the Golf Writers Association of America in 1958.  He was also selected as  Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American in 1964.  He was inducted into the Birmingham Golf Association Hall of Fame (1965) and induction into the inaugural class of the United States Blind Golf Association's Hall of Fame in 2007.   He was founder and General Chairman for fifteen years of the Charlie Boswell Celebrity Golf Classic which raised over 1.5 million dollars for the Eye Foundation Hospital of Birmingham.  The late Bob Hope called Charlie "America's greatest inspiration." He passed away on  October 22, 1995.

Joe Garagiola
Joe Garagiola born February 12, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. He played nine seasons in the  major leagues for four different teams. He became just as well known as a television and radio personality.  He was the master of ceremonies of the first Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Awards Program in February of 1969. By a special act of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Board, he was inducted in the ASHOF January 23, 1972. His installation was in grateful recognition of his outstanding contributions to the success of that first program which built a foundation for the continued success of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.  He passed away on March 23, 2016.


Allison Thomas Stanislaus Hubert
Allison Thomas Stanislaus Hubert was born in Meridian, Mississippi, on April 6, 1901. "Papa Pooley" was a tackle and back at the University of Alabama from 1922-26.  He quarterback the Crimson Tide to the 20-19 victory over Washington in the 1925 Rose Bowl game. He was two time All-Southern Team.  In an ere when they played both offense and defense he was known as one of greatest defensive backs of his time.  He captained Alabama to their first Southern Conference Championship in 1924.   The 1925 Rose Bowl victory is know as the game that changed the Southern football. He coached at VMI from 1937- 47.  He was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1964. He passed away on February 26, 1978.


Henry Emmett Manush
Henry Emmett Manush was born July 20, 1901, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He played in the major leagues for 17 seasons with Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. In his first year he played in 109 games substituting for Ty Cobb with Detroit. He won the American League Batting Championship in 1926 with a .378 batting average.  Going into the last day of 1926 season he was trailing Babe Ruth by a few percentage points for the batting title.  The Tigers played a double hitter that day and he went six for nine to win the batting championship over Ruth. He finished in the top four batting average six times.  He had 200 hits in four different seasons.  He help lead the Washington Senators to the American League Pennant in 1933.  He had a career batting average of .330.  His 241 hits in 1928, a 154-game season, was the fifth highest single-season total to that point in major league history.  He was solid defensive outfielder leading the American League with 356 putouts as a left fielder in 1928 and a .992 fielding percentage in left field.  In 1935 he turned five double plays as a left fielder.  He was the first Alabamian to lead both major leagues in hitting and was the first Alabamian elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.  He passed away on May 12, 1971.


Leroy "Satchel" Paige

Leroy Paige was born July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama. "Satchel,” the 7th of 11 children of John and Lula Paige, began pitching on the sandlots as a young boy. His early years in pro baseball were with the Negro leagues.  In the Negro Leagues he played for Birmingham Black Barons, Pittsburgh Crawfords (twice), and the Kansas City Monarchs (twice).  At the age of 42, he became the oldest rookie in the major leagues. In the major leagues he played for Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and the Kansas City Athletics. It is estimated that between 1922 and 1963 he pitched in more than 2,500 games and won 9 out of every 10 he pitched. He was the first player who had played in the Negro Leagues to pitch in the World Series, in 1948. He played in two consecutive All-Star games (1952-'53).  Also played in five Negro League All-Star games. He was on the Cleveland Indians World Series Championship team in 1948.  He also played on the Kansas City Monarchs Championship Team in the Negro Leagues in 1942. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.  He passed on June 8, 1982.


Derrill Burham Pratt
Derrill Burham Pratt was born in Walhalla, South Carolina, on January 10, 1888, and moved to Pell City with his family in 1902. Del played football at the University of Alabama between 1907 and 1910 where he was a running back. He started his pro baseball career in 1912 with the St. Louis Browns. He also played for New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers. He was a star second baseman for over a decade, but also saw some action at first base, shortstop, third base and the outfield.  In his rookie season, he batted .302 for the Browns.  In 1916 he led the American League with 103 RBIs.  His career batting average was .292 over twelve seasons, with an on-base percentage of .345. He had a total of 968 RBIs and 856 runs scored.  He passed away on September 30, 1977.


Frederick William Sington
Frederick William Sington was born February 24, 1910, in Birmingham, Alabama. After an outstanding prep career he entered the University of Alabama and lettered in football and baseball. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was an All-American tackle in 1929 and a unanimous pick in‘30. He was the only person named to both the "All Century" football and baseball teams at Alabama. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame and to the National Football Hall of Fame. He was chosen for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1920–1969 era. He was a member of the Crimson Tide 1930 National Championship team.  He was selected All-Southern in both 1929 and '30.  He went into professional baseball with the Atlanta Crackers, then on to the Washington Senators, and the Brooklyn Dodgers.   He played six years in the majors.  He was an SEC football official for twenty years. He passed away on August 20, 1998.