Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
The Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame board of directors is pleased to announce the members of the Class of 2014. The six newest members are Gilbert Adams, Jack Grizzard, Norwood Hodges, Charlie Munford, Sargent Prickett and Mike Tucker. Prickett (1932-1965), Hodges (1926-1999) and Adams (1920-1966) are no longer living.
The Class of 2014 will be honored at the tenth annual induction banquet on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The banquet will be held at the Oxford Civic Center. At that time, the group will formally join the current 58 members of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame.
"It is hard to believe that this will be our tenth class inducted into the Hall of Fame. This class, like the previous nine, again shows the outstanding quality of the people who have contributed to the sports scene in Calhoun County," said Jon Holder, a member of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors and spokesman for the board.
Adams coached Oxford basketball teams to four Alabama High School Athletic Association state tournament appearances. Three of those came as Sixth District champions and one a district runner-up. His 1951-52 team won the inaugural Calhoun County basketball tournament for varsity teams. The Yellow Jackets won three of the first five Calhoun County tournaments under Adams’ direction and finished second in the 1960 tournament, Adams’ final year as coach. Adams also coached football at Oxford for 12 seasons. His 1955 and 1956 football teams captured back-to-back wins in the Anniston Quarterback Club’s Turkey Bowl charity games.
Grizzard was a guard in football at Oxford, then officially Calhoun County High School, prior to his graduation in 1949. He was team captain in 1948, his senior season. After completing his military service, he enrolled at Jacksonville State where he lettered in football in 1953 and 1954. After six years as an assistant, Grizzard became head football coach at Oxford in 1960. His 1962 team was the first to defeat Anniston since 1920 and he was named Calhoun County coach of the year for 1962. In 1966, Oxford tied Wellborn in the county championship game and in 1968 the Yellow Jackets defeated Cobb Avenue of Anniston in the title game. Grizzard’s Oxford teams were 7-4 against Anniston overall. In 1968, he was instrumental in changing the Oxford-Anniston rivalry to a home-and-home series.
Hodges was an extraordinary high school athlete at Hueytown then lettered in football at Alabama as a fullback for four years from 1944 through 1947. In the 1946 Rose Bowl, Hodges scored Alabama’s final touchdown in its 34-14 win over Southern California. He was a student assistant freshman coach at Alabama in 1948 and 1949 while finishing his degree then became head coach at A.G. Parrish High School in Selma in 1950. After three seasons at Parrish, he left coaching for good. A business opportunity brought him to Anniston in the early 1960s and he remained the rest of his life. Hodges was active in the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Alumni Association and Anniston Quarterback Club. During his 10 years on the Anniston City board of education and two terms as mayor of Anniston he was an ardent supporter of high school sports and youth sports programs.
Munford was a three-year letterman in football for coach Robert Mosby’s 1958, 1959 and 1960 Cobb Avenue teams. In his junior and senior seasons, he was the primary target in Cobb’s passing attack as an end. Munford also lettered at guard for three years on Cobb’s basketball teams. He was an all-conference selection in both football and basketball during his high school career and led the conference in scoring in basketball. Following his graduation from Cobb Avenue in 1961, Munford played football and basketball for Miles College for four years. His exploits at Miles earned him induction into the Miles College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2000, his alma mater named Munford its Miles College Athlete of the Century.
Prickett was a backfield star at both quarterback and halfback and a devastating linebacker on coach Lou Scales’ teams of 1949 and 1950 that returned Alexandria to football prominence. In his final high school game, Alexandria upset Anniston 20-12 and Prickett rushed for all three touchdowns. It was the first time a Calhoun County team had defeated Anniston since the 1920 season and completed an 8-0-0 season for the Valley Cubs. Prickett was all-county in both 1949 and 1950. He was named third team all-state as a junior and first team after his senior season. In 1950, Prickett was named to the National High School All-America football team selected by the Wigwam Wisemen of America, that era’s equivalent of today’s Parade All-America status.
Tucker was a four-sport athlete at Alexandria from the fall of 1970 through the spring of 1973. He was all-county and all-state in football, all-county, all-area and all-state in basketball and lettered three years in both baseball and track. After graduating from Alexandria in 1973, Tucker spent one year at Marion Military Institute where he lettered in football, basketball and track. In 1974, he transferred to the University of Alabama and red-shirted his first year. At Alabama, Tucker lettered for three years at cornerback, leading the team in interceptions in both 1976 and 1977. In 1977, his senior season, he was All-SEC, academic all-SEC and honorable mention All-America. He was also named permanent defensive captain for the 1977 team.
This year’s event continues the tradition of holding the induction banquet on the Saturday before Father's Day. The annual banquets are possible only because of the generous financial support the Sports Hall of Fame receives from individuals, businesses and governmental entities throughout Calhoun County. The Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit corporation, operated by an all-volunteer board of directors with fifteen members.
Information Courtesy: Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame (www.ccshof.com)