The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 30, 2012

Rutledge named to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

From staff reports

— Missouri Southern cross country and track and field coach Tom Rutledge is a member of the 2013 class of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

The class of 15 individuals, one high school program and one statewide athletic program was announced Thursday. Induction ceremonies will be on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Springfield, starting with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hall and followed by enshrinement ceremonies at 4 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $150 apiece or $1,500 for a table of 10. They can be reserved by calling 417-889-3100.

Thursday’s announcement caps a busy month for Rutledge.

First he directed his Missouri Southern team to a second-place finish in the Central Regional meet on the MSSU course, and two weeks later, the Lions were eighth in the national meet, also hosted by Missouri Southern.

The week after the national meet, Rutledge announced he will retire as coach after the upcoming indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

Rutledge was hired by Missouri Southern as an assistant football coach in 1988, and the next year became the school’s cross country coach for the men’s and women’s programs and the track programs.

He has been named MIAA coach of the year seven times — five for men’s cross country and two for men’s indoor track. He has coached eight All-Americans in cross country and 55 in track and field.

Joining Rutledge in the 2013 class:

• Kim Anderson, Missouri basketball: Anderson scored 1,289 points for the Tigers from 1973-77 and was part of Norm Stewart’s first Big Eight Conference championship team in 1976. He led the league in scoring in 1977 and was named Big 8 player of the year. He is now head coach at Central Missouri after serving as an assistant under Stewart at Mizzou and under Gene Iba at Baylor.

n Scott Bailes, Cleveland Indians: A graduate of Springfield Parkview High School, Bailes played nine seasons in the majors with Cleveland, California and Texas. He logged 10 victories, seven saves and 60 strikeouts in 112 innings as a rookie with the Indians in 1986. He finished with a 39-44 career record, 4.95 ERA and 351 strikeouts.

• Jim Chappell, sports museum entrepreneur: A native of Keokuk, Iowa, and graduate of Drury, Chappell opened Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum in North Kansas City in 1986. It has been recognized as one of the nation’s top sports restaurants by many, including Sports Illustrated, Yahoo and the Chicago Tribune.

• David Eckstein, St. Louis Cardinals: After the 2004 season, Eckstein came to the Cardinals in a trade with the Anaheim Angels and had 185 hits in 2005. He was named World Series most valuable player in 2006 when he went 8-for-22, highlighted by three doubles in a four-hit performance in Game 4.

• Conrad Hitchler, Missouri football: Hitchler was a standout two-way end for coach Dan Devine from 1960-62. He led the Tigers in receiving in 1961 and was named all-Big 8 in 1961 and 1962 and an All-American as a senior.

• Ron Jacober, broadcaster: He spent 20 years as a television announcer for St. Louis Cardinals games and has been a broadcaster in St. Louis for more than 40 years.

• Linda Lampkin, Hermann volleyball coach: In 33 years Lampkin compiled a record of 793-277-39 and won 11 state championships, 28 district titles and 17 conference championships.

• Dave Palmeiro, football coach: He coached all but two years of his 30-year career at Tarkio, compiling a 204-56-5 record. The Indians won the state title in 1971 and finished second in 1991 and 1995.

• Harley Race, pro wrestler: “Handsome” Harley Race won eight National Wrestling Association world champions and dozens of regional titles during his career that spanned almost four decades. He also managed two wrestlers to world championships.

• Dale Russell, basketball: He was the 6-foot-1 center on the 1955 Branson team that went 41-0 and won the Class B state championships. He then lettered four years at Southwest Missouri State and then went on to coach 24 years, the last 13 in Branson.

• Tony Richardson, Kansas City Chiefs: He played 11 seasons for the Chiefs (1995-2005) and was a Pro Bowl selection in the last three years as well as in 2008 when he played for the Minnesota Vikings. He scored 24 career touchdowns for the Chiefs but is best known as the blocking back in front of standouts like Priest Holmes and Marcus Allen.

• Joe Scott, Missouri basketball: Known as the “Gainesville Gunner,” Scott played for coach Sparky Stalcup’s Tigers from 1957-61, and his 46 points against Nebraska on March 6, 1961, remain the school record. He averaged almost 31 points per game at Gainesville High School and had more than 1,100 points his senior year.

• Dr. Richard Seagrave, sports physician: Dr. Seagrave moved from Los Angeles to Springfield in 1983 and teamed up with St. John’s in its orthopedic department. He has been instrumental in the expansion of sports medicine in the Ozarks and is a team physician for the Missouri State Bears.

• Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals: Sweeney spent most of his 16-year career as a first baseman for the Royals. As a Royal he batted .297 with 197 home runs, 837 RBI and 50 stolen bases.

The Jefferson City High School track and field program will be inducted. The Jays’ boys and girls teams have combined for 40 district championships and nine state titles.

Special Olympics of Missouri has offered sports and promoted acceptance and conclusion for people with intellectual disabilities for 42 years.

Charlie Gallagher, a Springfield businessman, will receive the first President’s Award. He is a past member of the Hall of Fame’s board of trustees and is a big supporter of Missouri State and Missouri programs.