Class of 2024 'greats' are named
On Tuesday, June 6, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee met to create both the Primary and Veterans Ballot for the Class of 2024 inductees.
Today, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2024 ballot for induction in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. See the official list of nominees below: Official voting will begin on July 17 and end on Aug. 17.
The voting ballot will be emailed to TSHOF members, board members, the selection committee and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to Simply Voting.
Individuals can cast a vote this year by clicking here and becoming a TSHOF member. Membership starts at $25.
The 2024 Texas Sports Induction Banquet is set to take place in Waco, Texas, on April 13, 2024. The Official 2024 class announcement and ticket sales will be released in the fall of 2023.
Randy Allen- Football Jose Altuve- Baseball Tim Buchanan- Football Jamaal Charles-Football Phil Danaher-Football Todd Dodge- Football Juan Gonzalez- Baseball Brittney Griner- Basketball Jon Kay- Football Wes Kittley- Track & Field Mike Leach (Deceased)- Football Colt McCoy- Football Hal Mumme- Football Carla Overbeck- Soccer Arthur Rhodes- Baseball Jackie Sherrill-Football Leon “Red” Spencer-Basketball Matthew Stafford-Football Bubba Thornton-Track & Field Christa Williams- Softball
Jay Buhner- Baseball Kirk Dressendorfer-Baseball Cito Gaston-Baseball Chris Gilbert-Football Roy Hofheinz (Deceased)- Administration Barbara Jacket (Deceased)- Track & Field Charmayne James- Rodeo Fred Newhouse- Track & Field Billy Nicks (Deceased)Football Richard Ritchie-(Deceased)- Football Ira Terrell- Basketball Wilson Whitley (Deceased)- Football The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is committed to preserving 'the legacies of our inductees and the history of sports in Texas in order to educate and inspire guests of all ages.'
According to the Hall of Fame website, it is the home of more than 400 Texas legends. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame was the idea of the sports editor at The Beaumont Enterprise, the website stated.
Thad Johnson spoke to the Texas Sportswriters Association during the 1949 Texas High School Coaches Association All Star Games in Beaumont about starting the Hall of Fame. The sports writers unanimously agreed with Johnson and in 1951 baseball great Tris Speaker was the inaugural inductee and Texas became the first state to honor its athletes with a hall of fame. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame under the guidance of Texas sports entrepreneur Lamar Hunt was opened in Grand Prairie on Saturday, May 23, 1981 but was closed in 1986. Waco had its grand opening in April 1993 for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The museum houses the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.