Former Kansas City Royals outfielder Amos Otis has informed the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame that, due to an unforeseen personal matter, he will be unable to attend the Enshrinement in Springfield presented by Killian Construction on Sunday.
President and Executive Director Jerald Andrews on Friday announced Otis’ absence and noted that the former big-leaguer expressed regret for missing his induction with the Class of 2017.
Regardless, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame has a big Sunday planned for Enshrinement festivities, with a crowd of 1,600 expected to attend. Fifteen other individuals, including former St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman, will be inducted along with the University of Central Missouri Baseball Program as well as the New Bloomfield High School Baseball Program and its late coach, Rod Haley. The Hall of Fame also will present Jack Henry & Associates with the John Q. Hammons Founder’s Award and will honor Bradleyville’s Leon Combs with the President’s Award.
A reception presented by Meek’s The Builder’s Choice is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in Springfield. The University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center will host a second reception at 4 p.m., with the dinner and ceremony to begin at 5 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship tables remain available by calling 417-889-3100.