The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2016 on Monday.
The class was selected by a statewide group of veteran sports journalists, select college and professional sports administrators, MSHOF members, the MSHOF Board of Directors and also a public online vote. Here is the class:
A sportswriter for the Detroit News as its Tigers beat writer from 1979 to 2015, Gage was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2015 by Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the most prestigious award in baseball writing.
A coach for more than 35 years at Oakland University, he established a noteworthy track record of success leading men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Hovland amassed a 34-year record of 237-95 with the men’s team, which includes 31 consecutive conference championships, four NCAA Division II national championships, 54 individual national champions and 38 relay national champions.
After starring at the University of Detroit, the shooting guard was selected by the Pistons in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft. The move was largely influenced by Dick Vitale, who coached Long at UD before going to the Pistons. He played eight seasons for the Pistons and retired in 1997 with 12,131 career points. At the time, the 41-year-old Long was the oldest player in the NBA.
A tight end who played college football at Michigan in 1944, 1946 and 1947. Mann later played professional football in the NFL for the Lions (1948–1949) and was the team’s first African-American player. Mann led the NFL in receiving yardage (1,014 yards) and yards per reception (15.4) in 1949. Mann later practiced law in Detroit. He died in 2006.
A Flint native and resident who coached girls basketball for decades at Flint Powers before moving on to the college ranks, McGee joined the staff at Central Michigan after coaching Powers to four state championships and a total of 599 career wins. She left Powers with more wins than any girls basketball coach in state history.
Spent the first part of his 17-year NHL career with the Red Wings, then played for the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues before returning to Detroit in 2005. He is the 10th all-time winning goaltender in NHL history. He won three Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, two of them coming while he was starting goaltender.
The forward also won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings. Shanahan scored 656 goals in his NHL career spanning over 1,500 NHL games and, at the time of his retirement, was the leader among active NHL players for goals scored. Shanahan is the only player in NHL history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.
An integral member of the Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, an award no player has won more. Played nine seasons with the Pistons (2000–2006; 2009–2011).
Who: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Inductees: Tom Gage, Pete Hovland, John Long, Robert Mann, Kathy McGee, Chris Osgood, Brendan Shanahan and Ben Wallace.
Ceremony: Scheduled for September 9 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Tickets will be on sale April 9.
Noteworthy: 2015 inductees Derek Jeter (Kalamazoo/New York Yankees) and Mike Modano (Livonia/Detroit Red Wings) will be honored at the 2016 ceremony as they were unable to be a part of the 2015 event.