50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1989

Published Thursday, October 5, 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 18 of 50

Class of 1989


 Gene Bartow

Gene Bartow was born August 18, 1930 in Browning, Missouri. He was the head basketball coach for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He started the UAB Athletic Program in 1977 and led the Blazers to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1981-87, two NCAA Regionals, the final eight in 1982, and averaged over 20 wins per season during this time. He coached at Central Missouri, Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois and UCLA before ending his coaching career at UAB (647 wins, 34 years). He was the 1973 Coach of the Year, a three time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and a three time District Coach of the Year by the NABC. He still ranks in the Top 20 among the most wins in the NCAA Division I Basketball Coaches. He won his 600th game in 1993.  He died January 3, 2012.






Charles Baxter

"Foots" Clement

Charles Baxter "Foots" Clement was born 1904 in Rover, Arkansas. He was the University of Alabama's football stalwart 1928, 1929 and 1930, during which time the team won 22, lost 6. He captained and played tackle on the undefeated 1930 team which defensively allowed only 13 points all season and then defeated Washington State 24-0 in the 1931 Rose Bowl. He was named to the Southern Conference team as well as winning All American honors. He also participated in track and boxing and was an outstanding student as well. He served as Cadet Colonel of the University Regiment, Business Manager of Yearbook "Corolla", and President of the senior class. Clement passed away in 1976.











 Joseph Flinn (Joe) Kilgrow
Joseph Flinn (Joe) Kilgrow was born August 30, 1917 in Montgomery, Alabama. he was an outstanding athlete at Sidney Lanier High School. He ntered Alabama in 1934 and played in every football game from 1935 through 1937. Kilgrow played 60 minutes in several regular season games as he did in the Rose Bowl against California. During this time Alabama's record was 23-3-2. He played both halfbacks, did most of the punting and passing and played safety on defense. He earned All SEC, All-American and finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting. Kilgrow played two years of baseball at Alabama and later coached at Mercer and at Alabama. He passed away on July 21, 1967.

Johnny Musso

Johnny Musso was born March 6, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. The "Italian Stallion" was a three year starter at halfback for the University of Alabama 1969, 1970 and 1971. He rushed for 2,741 career yards and 34 touchdowns, a Crimson Tide record for 16 years. He completed 5 passes for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns and had 61 pass receptions for 495 yards and 4 touchdowns. His total offense: 3,328 yards gained and 40 touchdowns. Winning All SEC and All American honors, he was 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and a NCAA post graduate scholarship winner. Musso was drafted by the Chicago Bears instead he chose to go to the Canadian League. He played three years there, one year in the World Football League, and three years with the Bears. In 2000, he was inducted into College Football’s Hall of Fame.



Larry Gene Nelson

Larry Gene Nelson was born September 10, 1947 in  Ft. Payne, Alabama. He was considered one of America's premier professional golfers. Nelson did not take up the game until he was in his early 20's. He is the only Alabamian to have won 3 major tournaments; The PGA in 1981 and 1987, and the U.S. Open in 1983 when he set an Open record for the last two rounds by shooting a brilliant 10 under par 132. He won a total of 10 tournaments on the PGA Tour and was chosen for the Ryder Cup Team in 1979, 1981 and 1987. He joined the Senior Tour in 1997 and won the Bruno’s Memorial Classic in 1999. Nelson was the leading money winner and Player of the Year on tour in 2000.




John Stallworth


 John Stallworth was born July 15, 1952 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended Alabama A&M and set records for career receptions and single game receptions. He was the first Alabama A&M player to participate in the Senior Bowl. He played 14 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Stallworth was named MVP of the Steelers and in 1982 he was named to their All Time Team. He holds virtually every Steeler pass reception record for single season and career. He played in eight league championship games and in four Super Bowls. The Steelers were Super Bowl Champions in all four: 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980. Stallworth was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio in 2002.