Athletes Honored at Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

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Other’s honored include Arkansas football greats Quinn Grovey, Dick Bumpas, Bill
‘Sleepy’ Curtis, and Ben Cowins. 
Also to be honored are Calvin Borel (Thoroughbred Racing), Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee in Taekwondo, Forrest Wood in Outdoorsman, Jerry Carlton in Basketball, and in coaching, Cliff Horton and Carolyn Moffatt.

Here are a few details of each, care of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame website:

The Class of 2011 consists of:

Regular Category

Ben Cowins – Considered one
of the best Razorback running backs of all time, Cowins was one of just 10 Arkansas
players to earn All-Southwest Conference honors three times (1976-78). Though
many of his school records were later broken by Darren McFadden, Cowins left
Arkansas with what at the time was the school rushing record of 3,570 yards. He
had 16 100-yard rushing games. The St. Louis native led the Southwest
Conference with a 6.3-yard rushing average in 1976. He led his team in rushing
in 1976 (1,162), 1977 (1,192) and 1978 (1,006). Cowins had 30 career rushing
touchdowns and scored 180 points. Cowins, a team captain in 1978, was named to
the UA’s All-Decade team for the 1970s. He played in the 1979 Hula Bowl and
later played for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs along
with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Bill Curtis – The Marianna
native known as “Sleepy”  was among the top college running backs in
Arkansas in the 1960s. He was an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference
selection three times while playing at Arkansas Tech University and was named
to the Arkansas Democrat’s All-Decade team for the 1960s. He twice led the AIC
in rushing and gained more than 1,000 yards his senior season. In high school,
Curtis lettered in five sports. Legendary Coach Red Parker, who was at Arkansas
A&M (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) at the time, once said
of Curtis after a game against the Wonder Boys: “That little guy is great. I
certainly won’t miss him next season.”

Quinn Grovey – As one of
the most productive quarterbacks in University of Arkansas history, Grovey led
the Razorbacks to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in 1988 and 1989.
Grovey, a native of Duncan, Okla., lettered four years while passing for 4,496
yards and rushing for 1,746 yards. He earned All-SWC honors in 1988 when he led
the conference in passing accuracy at .633. He passed for 966 yards and four
touchdowns that season while rushing for 515 yards and seven touchdowns. In
1989, Grovey accounted for five touchdowns in a memorable 45-39 victory over a
University of Houston team led by Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. Grovey was
named to the school’s All-Century team and was inducted into the University of
Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2001. Arkansas recruited Grovey after he had
led his high school teams to records of 12-2, 14-0 and 9-4 with two state
championships along the way. Grovey is now part of the radio broadcast team for
Razorback football games.

Cliff Lee – Clifton Phifer
“Cliff” Lee is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher
for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee has also played for the Cleveland Indians,
the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.His American Legion coach
was former major league relief pitcher Wes Gardner, who helped develop him at
an early age. In the 2000 amateur draft, Lee was chosen in the fourth round by
the Montreal Expos. He signed in July of that year. He played for the Class A
Jupiter, Fla., team in 2001. In June 2002, the Expos traded Lee to the
Cleveland Indians. He was called up to the major league club in September of
that year and had his big league debut on Sept. 15, 2002. Lee won at least 14
games in each of his first three full seasons. Following the 2008 season, Lee
was a near unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award as he went
22-3 with a 2.54 ERA for the Indians. On July 29, 2009, just before the trading
deadline, the Indians traded Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee posted a 2-0
record in the first two rounds of the playoffs and then pitched a complete game
in the first game of the 2009 World Series as the Phillies beat the New York
Yankees. He was the first pitcher since Deacon Phillippe in Game 1 of the 1903
World Series to pitch a complete World Series game with 10 or more strikeouts
and no walks. Lee earned another victory as the Phillies won Game 5. The Yankees,
however, went on to win the World Series. Lee was traded to the Seattle
Mariners in December and traded again to the Texas Rangers on July 9.  He is now back with the Philadelphia
Phillies.

Senior Category

 


Eternal Grand Master Haeng
Ung Lee
– The founder, president and first grand master of the American
Taekwondo Association was a pioneer in the field of martial arts. Lee was born
in China after his family had left Korea. The family returned to Korea
following World War II. Lee taught taekwondo to members of the South Korean
military and later opened a school near a U.S. Air Force base. An American
serviceman named Richard Reed became a friend and in 1962 sponsored Lee’s move
to the United States. Lee co-founded the American Taekwondo Association in
Omaha, Neb., in 1969 and moved the organization’s headquarters to Little Rock
in 1977. Lee was an ambassador for Arkansas for almost three decades, and the
ATA championships remain the largest annual convention in Little Rock. Lee died
of cancer in October 2000.

Carolyn Moffatt – The
Crossett native built a national women’s basketball powerhouse at Ouachita
Baptist University, where she coached from 1965-84. She became the first female
coach inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame. She posted a record of
213-162 at Ouachita while taking her teams to tournaments across the country.
She also held numerous national positions with the AAU through the years and
served as a women’s basketball adviser to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of
Fame Museum is in North Little Rock and is located at #3 Verizon Arena Way. For
more details visit www.arksportshalloffame.com/.