Tim McCarver, Hal McRae and Rick Sutcliffe lead the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2004, which was announced yesterday. McCarver’s exploits with as the Cardinals catcher in the 60’s and 70’s probably would have been good enough to land him in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, but he’s gone on to be one of Fox’s most regarded baseball announcers. McRae was a staple of the Royals in the 70’s and 80’s. He helped them to World Series appearances in 1980 and 1985 (beating the Cardinals in ’85). Sutcliffe, who is a native of Independence, Missouri, is most remembered for his 1984 Cy Young Award with the Cubs. Former Chiefs defensive back Jim Kearney will also be inducted. He played for the Chiefs Super Bowl IV championship team. McCarver isn’t the only broadcaster to be inducted. John Rooney, who used to be the voice of the Missouri Tigers and now calls White Sox games. Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons has nine state titles under his belt and he will be inducted with Camdenton football coach Bob Shore who has four state championships. The other inductees include Delran Moore, who is a Poplar Bluff native, who played football for Oklahoma and the Saints, major league umpire Dave Phillips, former Cardinals trainer Gene Geiselmann, SMS Athletic Director and former baseball coach Bill Rowe, tennis player Jodie Adams and powerboat champion Bill Seebold Jr. Mizzou’s 1954 National Championship baseball team, which featured Norm Stewart as a pitcher, is being inducted.
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