The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Legends Award is the highest honor that the Hall can bestow upon its inductees. Selected from the thousands of athletes, coaches and contributors who have contributed to Missouri sports over the past decades, the 25 members who have achieved Legend status have made an impact upon the face of the Missouri sports in such a way, that their names are viewed in iconic stature.
In commemorating a Missouri Sports Legend, the Hall of Fame, in 1999 began the practice of commissioning a larger-than-life size bust of the Legend which is placed along The Legends Walkway outside of the Hall. Along with the bust, a specially commissioned piece of art commemorating the unveiling hangs permanently in the Legends Gallery inside the Hall of Fame.
At the time of the public unveiling, the new member is presented with a ceremonial red jacket, symbolizing his membership into this elite group. The Legend is also presented with a miniature of the bust.
Legend members are Bobby Bell, George Brett, Lou Brock, Bob Broeg, Jack Buck, Len Dawson, Don Faurot, John Q. Hammons, Lamar Hunt, Stan Musial, Buck O’Neil, Bob Pettit, Red Schoendienst, Norm Stewart, Payne Stewart, Hank Stram, Rusty Wallace,Whitey Herzog, Dan Dierdorf, Gary Filbert, Ozzie Smith, John Kadlec, Bill Virdon, Coach Dick Vermeil and our newest Legend, Coach Pete Adkins.