Wichita Sports Hall to induct 10 on Saturday

05/15/2014 4:40 PM

05/15/2014 4:41 PM

Former Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson headlines the class of inductees into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at Hillside Christian Church, 8333 E. Douglas. Admission is free but attendees must make reservations by calling 316-264-5222.

Stephenson resurrected WSU’s baseball program in 1978 and coached 36 seasons, winning 1,837 games and one national title with seven College World Series appearances. His shortstop from 1990-92, Chris Wimmer, will also be inducted.

Other Shockers to be inducted are 1960s wide receiver Bob Long, who played on two Super Bowl winners with the Green Bay Packers; Randy Smith, an NCAA track All-American and 14-time Missouri Valley champion; and Dorothy Harmon, a longtime administrator in the athletic department.

Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Mark Bell will be inducted, as will former South boys basketball coach Steve Eck, former Heights coach Lafayette Norwood, five-time Wichita bowler of the year Ed Henning, and Jesse Harper, the Notre Dame athletic director who hired football coach Knute Rockne. Harper lived in Wichita for more than a decade in the first half of the 1900s.

The 2011-12 Friends University cross country and track teams will be inducted for sweeping all six KCAC titles that year. The Greater Wichita Officials Association is the organizational inductee, and Eagle reporter Rick Plumlee is the recipient of the Mall Elliott Sports Media Award.

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