Dec. 14, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB Athletics will induct four new members into the UAB Athletics Hall of Fame in February. Vonetta Flowers (track and field), Dr. Charles "Scotty" McCallum (former UAB President), Steve Mitchell (men's basketball) and Harry "The Hat" Walker (former baseball coach) will be inducted into the second class of the UAB Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, February 15, 2013.
The Hall of Fame was created in 2009 to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of individuals whose participation in Blazer athletics has brought distinction and honor to the program.
As outlined in the Hall of Fame bylaws these inductees have met all of the criteria required to be inducted. Nominations were taken from Blazer fans and the Hall of Fame committee unanimously voted in this year's class.
UAB inducts new members into to the Hall of Fame once every three years.
The induction will take place at the UAB National Alumni Society House on Friday, February 15, 2013, with cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Hall of Fame event must be purchased in advance.
The inductees will be recognized at the UAB men's basketball game versus Rice at Bartow Arena on February 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to the Hall of Fame event and the basketball game, please contact Blazer Boosters at (205) 996-9969. Click here to see all of the available Hall of Fame ticket packages.
2013 UAB ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS
Vonetta Flowers (Track and Field, 1993-96)
Vonetta Flowers is one of the most decorated UAB student-athletes in school history. She later went on to earn a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Then Vonetta Jeffery, she was a standout performer as a sprinter and jumper on the Blazers' track and field team in the mid-1990s. A Birmingham native, she still holds UAB indoor records in the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes and outdoors in the 100, 200 and long jump. By the time she graduated, Jeffery was a seven-time All-American and claimed 35 conference individual titles. She competed in the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials for the Summer Games. In 2002, she earned a spot on the U.S. Winter Olympic Team and later won a Gold Medal in the bobsled at the Salt Lake City Games, garnering the distinction of being the first person of African descent (male or female) to win a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics.
Dr. Charles "Scotty" McCallum (UAB President, 1987-93)
Dr. Scotty McCallum became the third President of UAB in 1987 and has been a great friend of UAB Athletics -- before, during and after his tenure as the University's President. In more than four decades at UAB, McCallum served as Dean of the School of Dentistry, vice president for health affairs and director of the Medical Center. He received his dental degree from Tufts College Dental School and his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he completed residency at University Hospital in Birmingham. He served as Vice-President for Health Affairs and Director of the Medical Center at UAB before becoming the school's President. When he relinquished his duties as president in 1993, he was named Distinguished Professor. Dr. McCallum also served as a professor of dentistry and professor of surgery. His accomplishments at UAB were numerous and he later became a two-term mayor in the neighboring city of Vestavia Hills.
Steve Mitchell (Men's Basketball, 1982-86)
As an All-America guard for Coach Gene Bartow from 1982-86, Steve Mitchell was one of the first players who helped bring national notoriety to the UAB basketball program. Mitchell, who is the Blazers' all-time leading scorer with 1,866 points, played an integral role in UAB earning NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his seasons in the Green and Gold. He also was a part of two Sun Belt Conference champion teams (1983 and 1984) and helped lead UAB to 92 victories in his four seasons. The Memphis, Tenn. native is second all-time at UAB in assists with 597 and is also one of three former Blazer men's basketball players who has had his jersey -- #14 -- retired.
Harry Walker (Head Baseball Coach, 1979-86)
Harry Walker was UAB's first baseball coach (1979-86) and also enjoyed an outstanding career as a Major League player and later as a manager. A veteran of five decades in professional baseball, Walker was nicknamed "The Hat" for his habit of adjusting his cap between pitches in the batter's box. He played Major League baseball for 11 seasons, won a National League batting title in 1947 and was a player on two World Series champions with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942 and 1946. He missed the the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to service in the United States Army during World War II, where he saw extensive combat in Europe, and received a Purple Heart, among other citations. He later served as the manager of the Cardinals in 1955, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates (1965-67) and the Houston Astros (1968-72). Born in Pascagoula, Miss., Walker became UAB's first baseball coach and led the Blazers to two Sun Belt North Division titles (1981 and 1982) and had an eight-year record of 211-171. He finished his career at UAB with four consecutive 20-win seasons. Walker died in August of 1999.