Columbia, Mo. – Four outstanding former student-athletes, one pioneering broadcaster, and a championship baseball team have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 20th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
Here is a look at this year’s inductees, with more extensive biographical information to follow:
CLASS OF 2009
Mahlon Aldridge – Broadcaster (1956-72)
A central figure in the creation and growth of the Tiger Radio Network, who was known as the voice of Mizzou Athletics for nearly three decades, calling play-by-play for football and basketball games;
Ryan Fry – Baseball (1995-98) [Native of Oak Grove, Mo.]
Among the top offensive players in school history, who holds numerous career and season records. Was named a 2nd-Team All-American in 1998, and was a two-time Academic All-American, in addition to being the younger brother of MU wrestler Shaon Fry, a 1999 inductee into the MU Athletics Hall of Fame;
Jim Johnson – Football (1960-62) [Native of Maywood, Ill.]
A key contributor at quarterback and safety for legendary Coach Dan Devine on some very good Mizzou teams. Became most well-known post-Mizzou for his 22-year NFL coaching career, where he was regarded as one of the top defensive masterminds in NFL history. Being inducted posthumously, after passing away in July of 2009;
Amanda Lassiter – Women’s Basketball (2001-02) [Native of San Francisco, Calif.]
Likely one of the most talented players to ever suit up for the women’s basketball team, was a 2nd-Team All-American who led Mizzou to the Sweet Sixteen and 40 wins in two seasons, before becoming the school’s first-ever first-round WNBA Draft pick;
Sandi Prophete – Women’s Basketball (1986-89) [Native of West Orange, N.J.]
An honorable-mention All-American who still has a prominent placing on much of the school’s career records lists. Has gone on to do outstanding work to promote the game of basketball and to provide positive behavior modeling for youngsters through the Harlem Ambassadors;
1964 Baseball Team
One of the most dominant teams in Mizzou Athletics in any sport, finished the year 27-5-1 overall and as national runners-up. Went a perfect 19-0 to claim MU’s 4th-straight Big Eight Championship.