Paul Rogers joked earlier this year that the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame might need to construct a wing for its non-athletic members.
But Rogers, the longtime University of Louisville athletics play-by-play announcer, will see a bronze plaque with his name and face hang inside Freedom Hall with all the rest of his counterparts after he’s inducted Wednesday evening.
Rogers is part of the seven-member 2014 class along with former Fairdale basketball coach Stan Hardin and Pleasure Ridge Park baseball coach Bill Miller. It also includes Louisville native Rudell Stitch, a hero of Muhammad Ali’s and the No. 2-ranked welterweight boxer in the world when he drowned in the Ohio river in 1960 trying to save a friend.
The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures born in or who played or coached their sport in Kentucky. Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day and Denny Crum are among past inductees.
The latest class will be recognized during a banquet at the Crowne Plaza Louisville’s Grand Ballroom. Proceeds benefit Kosair Charities.
Rogers, an Eastern High School and University of Kentucky graduate, joins other U of L voices in the Hall of Fame, including Van Vance and Charles “Jock” Sutherland, as well as Jim Host and Claude Sullivan, who called UK games.
“To be included in a group of people who I grew up with idolizing is really something special,” Rogers said in March when the class was announced.
Fairdale’s Hardin won back-to-back state titles from 1990-1991 and is known for starting the King of the Bluegrass basketball tournament.
Miller, the winningest high school baseball coach in the state, is a five-time state champion.
Other 2014 inductees are the Valhalla Golf Club, which hosts its third PGA Championship in August; triathlete Susan Bradley-Cox; and American Saddlebred rider and trainer Charles “Redd” Crabtree of Simpsonville.
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