I love to play this game of baseball—I love putting on this uniform.” —Stan Musial, 1963
It’s the thrill of the game that has fans coming back for more. But it’s the love of the game that pushes athletes to get better. They get up before the sun rises to do football drills, they perfect their curveball pitch long after the sun goes down—and they never stop believing their dream can come true. It’s that dedication that has earned them a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and for some a spot on our Legends Walk of Fame.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame welcomes you to celebrate the careers of these sports role models and relive the greatest moments in Missouri sports history. Find your favorite player, coach or team on our site, or come to the museum where we have 4,000 items of sports memorabilia and hands-on exhibits. You can feel the speed as you race in the NASCAR simulator, hit your own home run in the batters box against a Major League Baseball pitcher or throw the winning touchdown pass in our football exhibit. Are you ready to play, the ball is in your court!
December 11, 2017
- Inductee spotlight: Mizzou’s Doug Smith
He traveled from Detroit determined to carry the University of Missouri deep into the Big Dance, along the way emerged as one of its all-time greats and then received the ultimate compliment in his final home game. Doug Smith remembers it like yesterday – not so much because the Mizzou Tigers surprised him by retiring… Read more »
December 8, 2017
- Inductee spotlight: Terry Writer, nearly 40 years and 750-plus wins
Surrounded by empty seats of Missouri State University’s iconic McDonald Arena, with the mid-afternoon sun pouring through the glass windows, you could find a student sitting quietly and taking mental notes. Terry Writer didn’t want to be anywhere else. Not with basketball practices down on the hardwood, with coaches Bill Thomas and a young Charlie… Read more »
December 7, 2017
- Inductee spotlight: Basketball coach Lynn Long, now in 39th year
In the early 1990s, after having coached boys high school basketball teams for almost decade, Lynn Long faced this reality: His three daughters soon would play on the hardwood in middle school and high school, so, if he continued on, Long likely would miss many of their moments and memories. After all, all the hours… Read more »