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Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and Wichita State national champion Eric Wedge lead a group of 13 people named Wednesday to the 2017 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

The induction ceremony is Oct. 1 at the Wichita Boathouse.

Inductees are:

George Brett, Mission Hills: The only baseball Hall of Famer to play primarily for the Royals, Brett played 21 seasons and was a three-time batting champion and 1980 American League MVP. He led Kansas City to the 1985 World Series championship.

Kristi Kloster-Burritt, Olathe: Kloster-Burritt was a two-time All-American and first women to win a track national championship at KU. The 200- and 400-meter specialist won five state high school events for Bishop Miege.

Goose Doughty, Wichita: Former Harlem Globetrotter who coached Heights High’s boys basketball team from 1978-95 (250-120). McAdams Park tennis facility is named for Doughty, who ran summer tennis programs at the park for almost 50 years. Doughty died in 2013 at the age of 80.

Galen Fiss, Johnson: A KU football standout who was drafted by the Browns in 1953 but instead signed to play baseball with the Indians organization. He served two years in the Air Force, then returned to football and played 11 NFL seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowler and champion with the 1964 Browns. Roomed with Dean Smith at KU.

Al Frame, Wichita: East High graduate was the 1954 NCAA cross country champion at Kansas. He was a three-time All-American in cross country or track with eight individual conference championships.

Dennis Franchione, Girard: Steadily moved up coaching ranks from Kansas high schools to small colleges (Southwestern, Pittsburg State), then coached nationally at New Mexico, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M and Texas State. Won five conference titles overall.

Dean Kelley, McCune: Made two Final Four appearances with Kansas and was part of the 1952 national championship game. Also won gold on U.S. Olympic basketball team that yeaer. Only Jayhawk to be named to two All-NCAA Tournament teams.

John Levra, Arma: A member of the 1957 Pittsburg State NAIA championship football team, Levra was an offensive coordinator at KU and an assistant coach in the NFL for more than 20 years. He coached the Bears’ defensive line in four years the team won NFC division titles.

Don Lock, Kingman: University of Wichita star played baseball and basketball, then signed in 1958 with the Yankees. He made his major-league debut in 1962 and played eight big-league seasons with the Senators, Phillies and Red Sox.

Jerry McCarty, Coffeyville: Coffeyville native won more than 600 high school and small-college basketball games in Kansas. Won 11 Jayhawk Conference women’s championships at Barton, including 322 overall wins. Ended with 465 women’s junior-college wins.

Priscilla Gary-Sweeney, Kansas State: Sweeney was K-State’s first women’s basketball All-American in 1983 and a two-time All-Big Eight pick. She averaged 18.3 points, led K-State to consecutive NCAA appearances, and is the first woman inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Jerry Waugh, Wellington: Waugh played basketball at KU and was later an assistant coach on the Jayhawk staff. He was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.

Eric Wedge, Wichita State: An All-American catcher who was a driving force behind the Shockers’ 1989 NCAA championship. Wedge was MVC Player of the Year before being a third-round pick by the Red Sox that summer. He played four big-league seasons and also managed 10 years with the Indians and Mariners.

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