50 Classes of ASHOF Class of 1975

Class of 1975

Published Friday, June 30, 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 6th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1975

  

Paul Malone Grist

Paul Malone Grist born December 2, 1898, in Marietta, Georgia. He arrived in Selma 1919, to work as the YMCA physical director. He taught and coached numerous sports at the Selma YMCA and at four different summer camps he directed. These sports included football, basketball, baseball, volleyball,wrestling, swimming, golf, boxing, tennis, and gymnastics. He created a legion known as “Grist’s Boys”. The most famous was Ralph Shug” Jordan, fellow ASHOF inductee.  There were many more who shall never forget this man – a congressman; the mayor of Selma; a federal judge; a college dean; a professional entertainer; top executives in business; medical doctors; attorneys; college professors; a school principal and coach; high-ranking officers in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force; and a World War II hero.  His contributions to developing men from boys brought him numerous honors. The YMCA in Selma bears his name.   The Alabama legislature renamed Valley Creek State Park the “Paul M. Grist State Park.”  He passed away in 1982.
 

William C. Hitchcock

William C. Hitchcock born July 31, 1916, in Inverness, AL. He attended Auburn University where he lettered in football as a single-wing halfback, he led Auburn to their first bowl game appearance (Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba, on Jan. 1, 1937).  He also lettered in baseball playing shortstop and  captained the Tigers to their first conference title in 1937.   He spent over forty years in professional baseball as a player, manager, scout, coach, and minor league executive while earning the title of "The Dignified War Eagle." For nine seasons between 1942 and 1953, he was an infielder with five major league clubs, which included stints with the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.  Following his major league career, he served as a manager with the Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves in the 1960s.  He spent the decade of the 1970s serving as the highly respected president of the Southern League before retiring in 1980.   He passed away on April 9, 2006.

 
Frank House
Frank House born February 18, 1930, in Bessemer, AL.. At age 18, after an outstanding prep career, "Pig" signed a baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers as a catcher for the largest bonus ever paid at that time ($75,000 and two automobiles) in 1948. He played for 10 seasons with the Tigers, Kansas City Athletics, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Baltimore Orioles. His lifetime batting average was .252.  As a catcher, in 580 games he compiled a .988 fielding percentage with 2934 putouts, 258 assists, and 34 errors in 2934 total chances.  He later served in the Alabama Legislature, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1967. He was honored in 2004 when the Hall instituted the Frank "Pig" House Award to recognize contributors to state sports.  He passed away on March 13, 2005.
 
Henry Hardin (Zipp) Newman
 Henry Hardin (Zipp) Newman born May 24, 1894 in Smith Mill, Kentucky. In 1919 he became the South's youngest sports editor at the Birmingham News and was to become the dean of southern sports writers. For 44 years he was the official scorer for baseball's "AA" Southern League and was the author of a book The Import of Southern Football. He was one of the organizers of the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, an organization that has raised millions for Crippled Children Foundation. He was also one of the prime motivators behind the establishment of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.   He was ASHOF first executive secretary.  He passed away on March 3, 1977.

 

 

Euil Snider

 Euil Snider born December 9, 1905, in Adger, AL. "Snitz" lettered from 1924 to 1928 in football, basketball and track at Auburn. He was Auburn first Olympian.  He qualified for the 1928 Olympic Games by setting a national record of 48 seconds flat in the 400 meter dash. He was the official starter for 25 SEC track meets and 20 Florida Relays. In 1942-43 he was director of the physical education program at Howard College (Samford) and coached the Navy B-12 football team. He was Bessemer High School football coach for 30 years and had a .750 winning average. He passed away in 1977.

 

 
Travis Tidwell
 Travis Tidwell born February 5, 1925, in Birmingham, AL. He played collegiately at Auburn University.  Lettered both in football and baseball. As a freshman quarterback in 1946 he led the nation in total offense. He is only the second freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in total offense.  He also led the nation in total offense in 1949.  He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the SEC ('49).  He was a two time All-American.  He is perhaps best known for leading Auburn to an upset win over arch rival Alabama in '49 14-13.  Played in the Blue-Gray game and scored on a 75 yard punt return.  Played in the first Senior Bowl and threw two touchdowns. He was a charter member of the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.  He was a first round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1950.  After two seasons with the Giants, he went north and played in the Canadian Football League for several years with the Edmonton Tiger Cats.  He returned to Auburn briefly and coached under (fellow ASHOF inductee) Ralph "Shug" Jordan.  He died on July 1, 2004.
 
 
 
 
 Dr. Pat Trammell
 Dr. Pat Trammell born July 11, 1940 in Scottsboro, AL.  In 1961 he was chosen as an All American quarterback at the University of Alabama, and his leadership sparked Coach Bryant's first national championship team in 1961 with an 11-0 record. In 1961 he also became the first Crimson Tider to pass for more than 1,000 yards and only threw two interceptions. He set multiple records during his career at Alabama, mostly during his senior season: 1,314 total yards with 1,035 passing yards was, at the time, a school record. He held the record as the winningest quarterback in the entire Crimson Tide history, compiling a 26–2–4 record for a 0.875 winning percentage as a starter. This record stood  for 33 years. He  was selected  the 1961 SEC Most Valuable Player, All-SEC (First Team) Back (AP, UPI) and Academic All-American, as well as, All-SEC Academic Selection. He was voted as the 1961 Collegiate Player of the year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. He was chosen as the 1961 Most Valuable Back by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He was chosen to receive the Most Valuable Player Award in 1961 by the Nashville Banner.  He played in the Liberty, Bluebonnet and Sugar Bowl games.  He earned his Medical Degree at the Medical College of Alabama in 1966, but tragically lost a battle with cancer December 10, 1968.

 
 Gov. George Corley Wallace

 Governor George Corley Wallace born August 5, 1919 in Clio, AL.  At the University of Alabama he was captain of the varsity boxing team and was president of the spirit committee. He was elected Governor of Alabama in 1962, 1970, 1974 and 1982. He had the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history, at 16 years and four days.  His competitive spirit had long tagged the Governor as "The Fighter.”  He was instrumental in establishing the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.  He passed away on September 13, 1998.