By Kary Booher

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday night inducted former St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman, former Mizzou football coach Warren Powers, Mizzou broadcaster Mike Kelly, plus 12 other individuals as well as a college baseball program and a high school baseball program and its late coach. Jack Henry & Associates also were honored with the John Q. Hammons Founder’s Award, and Leon Combs was honored with the President’s Award.

It was all part of the Enshrinement in January 2017 presented by Killian Construction at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. President & Executive Director Jerald Andrews led the event, which drew a crowd of 1,600 and also was supported by associate sponsors in Advertising Plus, Hartman & Company, Inc., Hiland Dairy, Hillyard, Inc. and White River Valley Electric Cooperative. A late-morning reception presented by Meek’s The Builder’s Choice was held at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame inducted: the Voice of the Missouri Tigers, Mike Kelly, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane (University of Central Missouri baseball), former Mizzou football coach Warren Powers, Missouri State volleyball coach Melissa Stokes, Mizzou head athletic trainer Rex Sharp, B.A.S.S. champion Rick Clunn (Ava), motocross champion Jeff Emig (Kansas City), Missouri State basketball standout Kelby Stuckey, NFL referee George Hayward (St. Joseph), the Voice of the Missouri State Bears, Art Hains, track coach Rod Staggs (St. Louis Berkeley), Penney High School football coach David Fairchild and Glendale High School soccer coach Jeff Rogers. The Hall of Fame also will induct the New Bloomfield High School Baseball Program and its coach, the late Rod Haley, and the University of Central Missouri Mules Baseball Program.

Former Kansas City Royals outfielder Amos Otis, who had been announced as part of the Class of 2017, will be inducted at a later date. Otis informed the Hall of Fame on Friday that, due to an unforeseen family matter, he could not attend. The Hall of Fame sends thoughts and prayers to his family.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame presented Special Achievement Awards to a number of individuals who earned national recognition in 2016.

To see videos of three inductees of interest:

Vince Coleman

Vince Coleman shares memories with the Cardinals as he enters Mo Sports HOF

Warren Powers

Warren Powers delivers speech despite Alzheimers- audio, pictures, story of his life

Mike Kelly

Mizzou Broadcaster Mike Kelly inducted into Mo. Sports HOF