On April 28, 2018, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 50th Class. In celebration of this milestone, we have been providing you some information on Inductees, beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and it will culminate with the Class of 2018. Parts of the class of 2005 follow.
Rudy Abbott was born Dec. 29, 1940 in Anniston. He played collegiately at Jacksonville State University (JSU) and became the head coach at JSU in 1970. He won back-to-back National Championships (Division II) in 1990 & 91.
He was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year both years for his efforts. During his tenure at JSU he was seven times named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year. His teams won five Gulf South Conference titles and 11 Gulf South Conference Division titles.
He guided JSU to seven NCAA Division II World Series. He retired after the 2001 season. In his 32 years as head coach his record was 1003-467 (at that time he became the 29th coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins). He was elected to the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Jim Fyffe was born Nov. 20, 1945 in Flat Gap, Ky. He was the voice of the Auburn Tigers for 22 years and named Alabama Sportscaster of the Year nine times. He served as public address announcer at Talladega Super Speedway for 20 years.
He was associated with the Blue-Grey All-Star Classic in Montgomery for over 20 years. He received countless commendations and awards throughout his career including the Auburn University Board of Trustees, the Alabama State Legislature, Montgomery City Council and the Auburn Alumni Association to name a few.
He also served as play-by-play announcer for the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL, the Birmingham and Columbus football franchises of the Arena Football League. Fyffe was a pioneer in sports talk radio in the state as he had one of the first such shows in Montgomery in the 70s. He died in 2003.
Chuck Person was born June 27, 1964 in Brantley. He played collegiately at Auburn and is Auburn’s All-Time leading scorer with 2,311 points.
As a junior Person set Auburn’s single-season records for points scored (747), field goals made (334) and field goals attempted (614). He helped lead Auburn to its first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history (’84, ’85, & ’86). He helped lead the Tigers to the 1985 SEC Tournament Championship.
Person was named Most Valuable Player of SEC Tournament (’85). He scored in double figures 99 of his last 101 collegiate games. He ranks third on the SEC’s all-time scoring list. Ranks second on SEC’s all-time field goals made (1,017). He ranks third on SEC’s all-time field goals attempted (1,809) and was honored as Amateur Athlete of the Year in Basketball (’85) by the United States Olympic Committee.
Person was elected to the AP and UPI All-SEC Team three consecutive years (’84-’86) and the fourth pick overall in 1986 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. Person was named NBA Rookie of the Year and played 14 years in the NBA.