50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1992

Published Friday, October 27, 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 21 of 50

Class of 1992


Ralph Dieter Brock  

Ralph Dieter Brock was born in Gadsden, Alabama on February 15, 1951. He signed with Auburn University first, but in 1972 moved to Jacksonville State where he led them to winning seasons of 7-3 and 7-2, setting a number of passing records. For nine and a half years Brock did his quarterbacking at Winnipeg and Hamilton in the Canadian Football League where he was twice its Most Valuable Player, finishing with a stunning 34,830 yards, 2,602 completions and 210 TD's. At Hamilton, he led the Tiger Cats to the Grey Cup game, the CFL's Super Bowl. In 1985 he moved to Los Angeles and led the Rams to a 12-5 record and into the playoffs in the NFL. In 1991 Brock began coaching the UAB Division III team in Birmingham, Alabama.


Clay Carroll
Clay Carroll was born on May 2, 1941, in Clanton, Alabama. In May of 1961, Dixie Walker signed Carroll for $1,000. In the middle years of his stellar career, Carroll rated with Oakland's Rollie Fingers as baseball's premier relief pitcher. It was with the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati in the 1970's that he was most effective. One year he was 12-6, another 10-4. He started only 28 times in a career that also included stints with Milwaukee, Atlanta, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox. In the end, Carroll won 96 games, losing 73, with an ERA of 2.94. He was in three World Series and in 1975 was the winning pitcher for the Reds in the seventh game against Boston in Fenway Park. The Cincinnati Reds installed Carroll in its Hall of Fame in 1979.






Mike Fuller
Mike Fuller was born April 7, 1952 in Jackson, Mississippi. After playing football at Shaw High School in Mobile, he signed with Auburn University. He played under Ralph "Shug" Jordan and was Captain of Coach Jordan's last good team in 1974. Fuller still holds six Tiger punt return records. He was second in the nation in punt returns in 1973 and fourth in 1974, and was an All-American defensive back. He enjoyed an 8 year pro career in the NFL with San Diego and Cincinnati. He returned 252 punts for 2,660 yards, fourth best in NFL history. He returned 74 kickoffs for 1,701 yards, or 21.5 yard average, and had 17 interceptions in his NFL career. He played in Super Bowl XVI with Cincinnati. He now resides in Birmingham, Alabama and is an outstanding business and civic leader.

Ozzie Newsome
Ozzie Newsome was born on March 16, 1956 in Sheffield, Alabama. At the University of Alabama he started in 48 consecutive games and led them to a 42-6 record and three SEC championships. He had 102 receptions for 2,070 yards and was a consensus All-American in his final season. Newsome was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and started 176 out of 182 games in 13 years. He is the all-time leading receiver in Cleveland history and the all-time receiver among tight ends in the NFL. Newsome is fourth among receivers in NFL history with a record of 662 catches. He earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the All-NFL Teams of the ‘80's. Newsome worked with the Cleveland Browns in an administrative position and has remained in that position with the Baltimore Ravens. In 1994 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Donald J. "Donnie" Salls

Donald J. "Donnie" Salls was born on June 24, 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1941 he was a fullback for the University of Alabama on a National Championship team that won the Cotton Bowl. World War II interrupted. After winning battle stars in Belgium and France, he was wounded, presented the Purple Heart and sent home with the rank of Captain. He returned to the University of Alabama for post graduate work and in 1946 became the head coach for Jacksonville State. Salls retired in 1964 as head coach and as Jacksonville's all-time winner with 97 victories. In 18 seasons, Salls turned out seven conference championship teams, produced eight Little All-Americans, sent 12 players to the pro ranks, appeared in three Paper Bowls and never lost a homecoming game.


Henry "Diddy" Seibels


Henry "Diddy" Seibels was born on August 22, 1876in Montgomery, Alabama. Seibels is most recognized for playing on the undefeated Sewanee Iron Men Team of 1899. He was chosen Captain by Coach Herman "Billy" Suter. In six days Sewanee defeated five teams and scored 91 points to 0. They had victories over Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, LSU and Ole Miss. Seibels was the highlight of each game by leading his team in touchdowns, rushing and punting. Other teams they defeated were Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn and North Carolina. He scored a Sewanee record 19 touchdowns in 1899. Seibels went on to play four years of baseball as a third baseman and pitcher. He also captained the baseball team in 1899; and it too went undefeated. He was also a talented golfer and won the Alabama State Golf Championship in 1922. Seibels founded a major insurance company in Birmingham and was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1973. He passed away on September 29, 1967.