50 Classes of the ASHOF Class of 1985

Class of 1985

Published Friday, September 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 15th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1985


Ivy Paul Andrews

 Ivy Paul Andrews was born May 6, 1907 in Dora, AL.  He played eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Browns and the Cleveland Indians. He was used as both a starting pitcher and long reliever. His most productive season came in 1935 with the Browns, when he had a 13–7 record and a 3.54.  In his second stint with the Yankees he was on their 1937 World Championship Team.  He had a relief role in game four of that World Series.  He retired as a player in 1938.  In 1945 he became a pitching coach of the Birmingham Barons.  He managed the team briefly during the 1947 season, and retired from baseball a year late. He passed away on November 24, 1970.






Jennifer Chandler 

 Jennifer Chandler was born on June 13, 1959 in Langdale, AL. In 1976 she won the Olympic Gold Medal in the three meter Springboard Diving at the Montreal Olympics. She also she won the National Indoor three meter Springboard Championship that year.. In 1975 she won the Gold Medal in the same event at the Pan American Games. Also in 1975 she won the AAU National Indoor  one meter Springboard event.  In 1978 she won the Bronze Medal in the three meter Springboard at World Championship in West Berlin.  She was a member of the USA Diving Team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.  The United States, however, boycotted those Olympic games to protest the Soviet Union's presence in Afghanistan. She retired from diving that year.  She was inducted into the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.







 Roy Haynes Gafford, Jr.
 Roy Haynes Gafford, Jr. was born October 1, 1920, in Fort Deposit, AL.  He played collegiately at Auburn University as a halfback.  In 1942 he rushed for 1,004 yards for the Tigers and was named the Southeastern Conference Most Valuable Back.  He was also named First Team All-American.  After his college career he served our country during World War II.  After the war, he played three seasons in the NFL, one with the Miami Seahawks and two the Brooklyn Dodgers Football Organization.  He passed away on February 19, 1987. 
James E. Glover 
James E. Glover was born April 30, 1916 in Moundville, AL. He went to East Mississippi Junior College and Delta State Teachers College as a halfback.  He became a high school football coached at Brookwood High in 1940-41 before going in the U.S. Navy for three years.  After the war he coached at Jefferson County High and then at Etowah County High for 31 years.  From the second game of the 1948 season to the last game of the 1950 his teams went on a 35 game win streak.  He had six undefeated season and one  state championship.  He received several Coach of Year awards.  He is a member of the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 1992.  He passed away on July 12, 1987.



John Michael Kolen 

 John Michael Kolen was born January 31, 1948, in Opelika, AL.  Played collegiately at Auburn University as a linebacker.  He was All-SEC his junior and senior year (1968 and '69).  He was a 12 round, 289 overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  He played eight seasons all with the Dolphins.  He started his rookie year at linebacker for the Dolphins.  He was a member of the Dolphins famous "No-Name Defense."  He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and was a member of two consecutive Super Bowl Championship Teams (1972 and '73).  He was on the 1972 Dolphins team that went undefeated 17-0.  Still the only team in NFL history to go undefeated.  He is a member of the Miami Dolphins All-Time Top 100 Players at number 44.  At Auburn he was given the nickname "Captain Crunch" for his hard hitting style.  In 1969 he was the first individual to receive the National Fellowship Christian Athlete (FCA) of the Year Award.




James Phillips
James Phillips was born February 5, 1936 in Alexander City, AL. He played collegiately at Auburn University.  Regarded by many as the best two-way end in Auburn football history. He co-captained the 1957 National Championship team and was a consensus All-American his senior year. He led the SEC in receiving in 1956 with 23 catches for 383 yards as a junior. He was named the SEC's Sophomore of the Year in 1955. He was a first round, fifth overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft for the Los Angeles Rams.  He played ten seasons in the NFL (seven with the Rams and three with Minnesota Vikings).  As a rookie with the Rams in 1958, he led the NFL with the longest reception for that season of  93 yards.  In 1961, he led the NFL in total receptions with 78.  He was selected to the Pro Bowl three consecutive years (1960, '61, and '62).  He was a First Team All-Pro in 1961.  For his NFL career, he caught 401 passes for 6,044 yards and 34 touchdowns.  After his playing career, he coached with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers and Florida State.  In 2004, he was named Auburn’s SEC Football Legend for the SEC Championship Game.  He passed away on March 25, 2015.