The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2006

The Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche has certified the results of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame ballots for the Class of 2006 as ranked by the statewide selection committee.


The newly elected inductees for Class #38 are:




Mickey Andrews

Joe Ciampi

Mia Hamm

Lionel James

Buddy McClinton

Bob Veale




Jim “Peanuts” Davenport

Tim Flock


The newly elected eight inductees now bring the total of all inductees since 1969 to 257. 


Modern Category I (Football)


MICKEY ANDREWS – Born October 8, 1941 in Daleville, AL.

He played collegiately at the University of Alabama.  He earned second team All-American honors as a wide receiver and defensive back.  He was also an All-SEC choice in baseball.  In ’64, he received the Hugo Friedman Award as the Tide’s best all-around athlete.  As Head Football Coach at Livingston in ’71 they won the NAIA National Championship.  He has been at Florida State University for 22 years as Defensive Coordinator.  In 2002 he was promoted to Associate Head Coach.  In ’91 Athlon’s Magazine named him the Assistant Coach of the Year.  He was recognized in ’96 as the nation’s top assistant coach when received the first-ever Frank Broyles Award.  In ’98 he was named the national Defensive Coordinator of the Year by the American Football Coach’s Magazine.  His defensive unit has been rated in the top five nationally seven of the last 12 seasons.


LIONEL JAMES – Born May 25, 1962 in Albany, Georgia.

He played collegiately at Auburn University.  Led the team in rushing (1981).  Presently is tenth on the Auburn career rushing list (2,068).  He ranks third in career yards per carry.  Led the nation’s Division I punt returners in 1982 with 394 yards on 25 returns.  Ranks second in career punt return average.  Led the team in all purpose yardage for two consecutive years.  Ranks tenth in single season all purpose yardage (1,302).  Fifth round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in ‘84.  He was honored as San Diego Hall of Champions’ co-Professional Star in ’85.  He had three of the top four all-purpose yardage games in club history, including a club record 345.  The 345 all purpose yards ranked second in NFL history at that time.  A two-game total of 606 all purpose yards set an NFL record at that time.  In ’85 he had the most productive season ever in the history of the NFL, setting a record with 2,535 all-purpose yards, including another NFL record of 1,027 yards receiving by a running back.  Also in ’85 led the Chargers in rushing, receiving, kickoff and punt return yardage.  He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.  Scored a team high six touchdowns (three receiving, two rushing, and one on 81 yard punt return).  He earned All-AFC honors as punt returner by Pro Football Weekly.


BUDDY MCCLINTON – Born in Montgomery, AL.

He played collegiately at Auburn.  Named to three consecutive All SEC defensive teams (1967, ’68, ’69).  He was named Honorable Mention All-American Defensive Team (‘67).  He was named Second Team All-American Defensive Team (‘68).  Chosen Most Valuable Player in the ‘68 Sun Bowl.  He started every game in his career.  He was first team consensus All-American Safety in ’69, named to seven All-American teams.  Is the all-time Auburn leader in career interceptions (18) and single-season interceptions with nine.  He was named to both the Academic All-American team and the Academic All-SEC Team in ‘69.

Modern Category II (Baseball & Basketball)


JOE CIAMPI – Born September 25, 1946 in Glen Lyon, Pa.
Coached the Auburn women’s basketball program for 25 years and never had a losing season.  He won his 600th career game against Arkansas on January 25, 2004, becoming the 10th coach in the history of NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball to achieve the feat.    He led the Tigers to 16 NCAA Tournament births, 10 Sweet Sixteen appearances, six Elite Eight appearances, and three Final Fours.  His Tigers won four SEC Tournament titles and four SEC Regular Season titles and the Women’s NIT title in 2003.  He is the most successful women’s coach in Auburn history, was named National Coach of the Year three times (’87,’89, and ’93) and SEC Coach of the Year three times (’85, ’88, and ’89).  The Tigers eclipsed the 20-victory plateau in 18 of his 25 seasons, won 25 or more games eight times and posted a record of 95-7 over a three-year span form 1986-’89 (the nation’s best mark during that time).  He coached four players to Kodak All-American honors.  Had three players earn SEC Player of the Year. In addition 39 players received All-SEC honors, 16 won SEC All-Tournament honors and four SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player awards.  He had a 91 percent graduation rate among his players.  He retired after the 2003-’04 season.

BOB VEALE – Born on October 28, 1935 in Birmingham, AL. 

He played 13 years in the major leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.  He was known as one of the hardest left handed throwers in the majors.  He lead the National League in strikeouts in 1964 and finished second in ’65 and third in ’66.  He struck out 16 Philadelphia Phillies in a nine-inning game (6/1/65) and 16 Cincinnati Reds in 12 innings (9/30/64).  His lifetime ratio of 7.96 strikeouts per nine innings ranks fifth all-time (1,500-plus innings).  Played in two All-Star games (’65 & ’66).  When he retired in ’74, he was the only Pirate pitcher to have 200 strikeouts in a season. His career stats: 120 wins, 95 losses, 20 shutouts with a 3.07 earn run average (ERA).  Played on the Pirate squad that won the World Series in 1971.  He was also a minor league pitching instructor for the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.


Modern Category III (Other Team Sports, Individual, Administration & Media)


Mia Hamm – Born March 17, 1972 in Selma, AL.

She was the youngest woman (at the age 15) ever to play with U.S. National Team.  She played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and was a member of four consecutive NCAA championships. She was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year three times.  She led the nation in scoring at the collegiate level three times.  Completed collegiate career as the ACC’s all-time leading scorer in goals (103), assists (72) and points (278).  She was named U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year five consecutive years.  She won two Gold Medals in the Olympics as member of the U.S. Soccer Team.  Lead the U.S. Team to the World Championship at FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Named FIFA Women’s World Player of Year two consecutive years.  Currently holds the record as the world’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) with 158 goals scored in international competition.


Old Timers Category


JIM “PEANUTS” DAVENPORT - Born in Siluria, AL in 1933. 

Was top athlete at Southern Mississippi as halfback on the football team and infielder on the baseball team.  Joined the San Francisco Giants in 1958, played third base 13 years; recognized as one of National League's best defensive infielders.  In ’62 won the Golden Gove for his play at  third base and he led the National League third basemen in fielding percentages three consecutive years (’59-’61).  Also in ’62 played in the All-Star game.  In ’68 established the league record for consecutive errorless games by a third baseman at 97 from July ’66 to April ’68.  In 13 seasons he had .258 lifetime batting average and played in 1,501 major league games.  Career highlight was playing in the ‘62 World Series (Giants vs. Yankees).  Davenport started every game, had three hits in 22 bats.  His best seasons were ‘61 with .278 average and ‘67 with .275.  He was voted by the fans as the third baseman on the Giants’ 25 Anniversary Dream Team in 1982.  He presently is finishing up his 41st year with the organization as a roving instructor and a special assignment scout.


TIM FLOCK - Born on May 11, 1924 in Ft. Payne. 

A NASCAR pioneer and one of three racing brothers, had 40 victories in 13 years.  He won the Grand National points title in 1952 and ’55.  In ’55 won 18 races in 39 starts, had 32 top five finishes and 33 top ten’s.  He won 19 poles in one season.  He is the only driver to win at Daytona in all three NASCAR divisions (Grand National, Modified and Convertible).  In 1952 was selected Driver of the Year by Speed Age Magazine.  He was inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in ‘77 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame ‘78.  His 21.2 career winning percentage (40 wins in 189 starts) is NASCAR’s all-time best.  He held five world records for the Daytona Measured Mile.


Courtesy: Alabama Sports Hall of Fame