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!
November 30, 2015
- Upcoming inductees: Missouri State’s 1952, 1953 NAIA basketball champs
To hear the old-timers tell it now, it sounds almost too good to be true. And former standout guard Bill Thomas says as much. He’s speaking of the then-Southwest Missouri State Bears, who won the 1952 and 1953 NAIA national championships in men’s basketball. In the ’52 national semifinals, the Bears forged a tie at… Read more »
November 25, 2015
- Hall of Fame closed on Thanksgiving; holiday sale under way
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will re-open for tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The annual holiday sale of polos, pullovers, T-shirts, shell pouches, pint glasses and more also is under way… Read more »
November 24, 2015
- Call it a golden era for Parkview’s ‘Jolly Green Giants’
Before they would ever be nicknamed “The Jolly Green Giants” and long before they would ever tower over high school boys basketball in Missouri, the Parkview High School Vikings had to learn expectations. Players such Gail Fredrick will never forget the scene: New coach Bill Harding, who put aside running a Dairy Queen in the… Read more »