50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1998

Published Wednesday, December 6, 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 27 of 50

Class of 1998



Tommie Agee

Tommie Agee was born August 9, 1942 in Magnolia, AL. Started his professional career in 1961 playing briefly in the minors. In 1966 he was named Rookie of the Year with the Chicago White Sox, batting .273 and hitting 22 home runs. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1966 and 1967. In 1968 he was traded to the New York Mets and in 1969 led the Mets to the 1969 World Series. He hit .271 that season and led the team in home runs (26), RBI’s (76) and runs scored (97). In the third game of the World Series he made two great catches that saved the game and rank with the greatest in baseball history. He died on January 22, 2001.
John Bridgers

John Bridgers was born January 13, 1922 in Birmingham, AL. Received a football scholarship to Auburn in 1940. Began coaching in 1946 as a graduate assistant at Auburn. In 1947 named head track coach and offensive and defensive line coach for the University of the South. In 1953 he became head football coach at Johns Hopkins University.In 1957 he became a member of the coaching staff at the Baltimore Colts. The Colts won the World Championships in 1958. He was head football coach and athletics director at Baylor from 1959-1968. From 1973-1979 he was the athletic director at Florida State, He completed his career in athletics as athletic director at the University of New Mexico from 1979-87. He passed away in 2006.



John Forney
John Forney was born on June 4, 1927 in Los Angeles, Calif. He began his broadcasting career in Tuscaloosa while in high school and college doing Alabama basketball games. Broadcaster for the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team in 1948. He spent 30 years with the Alabama Football Network and was play-by-play man for 19 of those years. From 1961-1966 he was host for the Bear Bryant television show and later was host of the Gene Stallings show. With Maury Farrell in 1948, Forney broadcast the renewal of the Alabama vs. Auburn game. The ‘48 game was the first televised coverage of football in the state of Alabama. Chosen Alabama Sportscaster of the Year in 1960 and 1964. He is deceased.
Don Gambril
Don Gambril was born January 2, 1934 in Altamont, Kan. In 1973 he took over the University of Alabama swimming program. By 1977 he had taken the Tide to the NCAA runner-up. His men’s teams won the SEC Championship in 1982 and 1987 while the women won in 1985. In his 18 years at Alabama, Coach Gambril has compiled 237 victories and 32 losses. Twice named National Swimming Coach of the Year. He was the head coach of the American swim team for the ‘84 Olympics and the 1990-91 US National Team for the Goodwill Games. Was given the US Swimming Award, the highest award the US Swimming bestows, at the US Aquatic Sports Convention. He now resides in Tuscaloosa.

Scott Hunter


Scott Hunter was born November 19, 1947 in Mobile, AL. Broke or tied 15 Tide passing records as quarterback in 1968-70.Among them, most yards gained in a game with 484, most yards gained in a season with 2,188, most yards gained in career with 4,899, most attempts and completions in a game going 30-of-55 against Auburn, most passes and completions in a season going 382-of-672. Quarterbacked Alabama in three bowl games. Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1971 and was runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in the NFC. Led the Packers to a Central Division Championship in 1972 with a 10-4 record. Later played with the Atlanta Falcons where he led them in their first win over the Dallas Cowboys in 1976.

Richard Todd


Richard Todd was born November 19, 1953 in Birmingham, AL. He was a Parade High School First Team All-American in 1972 in Mobile, AL. Under Coach Bryant at Alabama, Todd had the distinction of never losing a conference game in his three years from 1973-75. First Team All-SEC in ‘75. MVP of the ‘75 Sugar Bowl, MVP of the South Team in the ‘76 Senior Bowl. Ran for 16 TD’s and passed for 16 while at Alabama. Entered professional football in 1976 as the number six pick of the New York Jets in the first round and was the first QB selected. Led the Jets to the AFC play-offs in 1982. Selected by teammates in 1982 as the MVP of the Jets. Spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Jets and the New Orleans Saints.