Athletes Honored at Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

For more than half a century, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame has been honoring the state’s greatest athletes, coaches and teams. Tomorrow ( Feb. 11) the 2011 roster will be inducted to the lineup during The 2011 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.
Philadelphia Phillies pitching ace Cliff Lee from Benton and famed thoroughbred jockey Calvin Borel, a regular rider at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, are among the 11 new inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


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

Calvin Borel – This
world-class thoroughbred jockey first captured the riding title at Oaklawn in
1995. He has been a frequent rider at the track for almost two decades. He won
the Kentucky Derby in 2007 aboard Street Sense and then finished a close second
behind Curlin in the Preakness Stakes. A month later, Borel became only the
sixth jockey in Churchill Downs history to win six races on a single card.
Borel won the Kentucky Derby again in 2009, this time aboard a 50-1 long shot,
Mine That Bird. He had won the Kentucky Oaks the previous day aboard Rachel
Alexandra. Two weeks later, Borel won the Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel
Alexandra, becoming the first jockey to win the first two legs of the Triple
Crown while riding different horses. Last year, Borel rode Super Saver to a
Kentucky Derby win, becoming the first jockey to win racing’s premier event
three times in a four-year span. On June 4, 2010 Borel became only the second
jockey to win 1,000 career races at Churchill Downs, joining Pat Day, a 1999
inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Dick Bumpas – The Fort
Smith native lettered three years for the Razorbacks. He was the Southwest
Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1970, earning consensus All-America
honors at tackle. Bumpas went on to play tight end and linebacker for the
Memphis Southmen of the World Football League and the British Columbia Lions of
the Canadian Football League. He began his collegiate coaching career as a
graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1977. He’s now widely recognized as one of
the top defensive coordinators in the country, having worked at Texas Christian
University since 2004. TCU led the nation in defense in 2008 and 2009. Both
times, Bumpas was among the five finalists for the Broyles Award, which
recognizes the nation’s top assistant coach. Bumpas was inducted into the
University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2006.

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

Senior Category

– The Sheridan native starred in both basketball and baseball at the
University of Arkansas after being recognized as one of the top high school
basketball players in the country at Sheridan. As a Razorback, he led the
baseball team in batting three times with averages of .341, .375 and .382. In
basketball, he became only the second player to that point in the school’s
history to score more than 1,000 points and posted the highest field goal and
free throw percentages to that point in Razorback history. Carlton’s free throw
percentage was fifth in the country as a junior and second in the country as a
senior. He earned All-Southwest Conference honors in basketball following the
1961 and 1962 seasons. Carlton was drafted out of college by both the St. Louis
Hawks in basketball and the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. He chose to play
professionally in the Reds organization. Carlton was inducted into the
University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2004.
Forrest Wood – The man
known as the father of the bass boat already is a member of the Professional
Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, the
International Boating Hall of Fame, the National Marine Manufacturers Hall of
Fame, the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Business Hall of
Fame and the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame. Wood founded Ranger Boats in 1968
and built it into the largest manufacturer of bass boats in the country. The
Flippin native became known at a young age as a skilled fishing guide on the
White River, Buffalo River, Crooked Creek and Bull Shoals Lake. Ranger made six
boats in its first year of operations. In 1969, 600 boats were built. By 1970,
sales had topped 1,200 boats. In 1996, a major bass fishing tournament
organization was renamed using Wood’s initials, FLW. Wood was appointed to the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1998 and in 2005 had the commission’s
Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro named after him.
Posthumous Category
Cliff Horton – After
lettering for three seasons in basketball at the University of Arkansas and
helping lead the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference championship in 1949,
Horton began a long coaching career. He had successful stops at the high school
level at St. Joe, Waldo, Crossett and Pine Bluff (where he was 221-68). Horton
later was hired as head basketball coach at what’s now the University of
Central Arkansas. His teams won 20 or more games six times in his 14 seasons,
including two trips to the NAIA national tournament. His 24-4 team of 1958-59
was among the best in school history. Horton later served as UCA’s athletic
director in the early 1970s. A number of Horton’s players such as Cliff
Garrison, Monroe Ingram, John Hutchcraft and Joe Graham went on to successful
coaching careers.


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.

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