The UM Sports Hall of Fame CONGRATULATES UMSHoF members Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Warren Sapp and the late Sean Taylor on their selection for induction into the University of Miami Football Ring of Honor ! We are PROUD of U !
Happy Father's Day
UM Sports Hall of Fame
Founding Father's !
(L to R) Judge Thomas E. Lee, Jr. , Judge Harvie S. Du Val , Judge Gene Williams, Judge Raymond G. Nathan, Judge George E. Schulz, Judge Francis J. Christie, Judge Byrd V. Duke, Jr. , Judge Francis X. Knuck
Founded in 1966 by a group of 8 Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judges, the Hall has inducted less than 300 of the thousands of former student-athletes and coaches who have worn the Orange, Green and White. Each year, an induction banquet is held in the Spring to honor those chosen to join this unique and special fraternity. The Tom Kearns Hall of Fame Building opened in 1989 and displays artifacts that range from the football from the first game in school history in 1926... to Gino Toretta's Heisman Trophy...to the Seminole War Canoe, a 10 foot long canoe dug from a 250 year old cypress tree...Ron Fraser's "Lucky Shoes", worn for both the 1982 and '85 National Championship games. The "Hall of Honor" lists the All Americans from each sports, and those athletes selected to play professional sports, including all football and baseball draft picks.
"The aim of the UM Sports Hall of Fame is to form, establish and maintain a permanent Hall of Fame for former University of Miami athletes who are deserving of admission by virtue of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the University...
To provide and maintain a permanent home for the Hall of Fame and aid the University of Miami in its athletic program, including the construction and maintenance of a permanent fieldhouse."
The Founding Judges
April 13, 1966
The UM Sports Hall of Fame would also like to acknowledge the efforts of
Judge John Gale, retired Circuit Court judge,
in the founding of the UMSHoF
and THANK him for helping to guide the Hall in its early years.
This Date in Hurricanes History...June 12th, 1982...Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall of Fame !
The team that Coach Ron Fraser dubbed "The Luckiest Team In America" won Miami's first ever National Championship in one of the 3 major men's sports by defeating the Wichita State Shockers 9-3 to complete an undefeated College World Series !
The Canes defeated the Shockers twice...including using ...the now famous "Grand Illusion" play...beat the Maine Black Bears twice...including a big win over future major league pitcher Billy Swift...and a 2-1 victory over the Texas Longhorns and a pitcher named Roger Clemens.
UMSHoF member Danny Smith was named CWS MVP after pitching in all 5 games, recording 3 saves, allowing only 2 runs in 9 1/3 innings with 13 strikeouts. Other UMSHoF members included Sam Sorce and his 2 wins on the mound with 4 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBI's at the plate...Phil Lane recorded 3 Home Runs in his 7 hits with 7 RBIs and 4 runs, featuring 2 hits and 3 RBIs in the final game... Billy Wrona plated 4 RBIs with his 6 hits in the series...Doug Shields had 2 hits and 3 RBIs in the finale...and Calvin James had 2 hits and 2 RBIs in limited action for the freshman.
In addition, pitcher Mike Kasprazak recorded 2 victories...including both the "Grand Illusion" game and the Championship finale !
UMSHoF member Coach Paige Yaroshuk Tews and the Lady Canes win their First ACC Women's tennis Championship !
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 10th-ranked University of Miami women’s tennis team won its first ACC Championship on Sunday, after defeating 30th-ranked and rival Florida State, 4-1, at the North Carolina’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
“My players are starting to learn things about themselves that they never knew existed,” said UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. “For a coach, that is really cool. “I am so happy for them and this institution. Conference titles are huge for everyone!”
Sophomore Lina Lileikite was named the tournament’s most outstanding performer after claiming her second win in as many days from her No. 3 position. Her 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Seminoles’ Mia Vriens gave the Canes a 3-1 lead before junior Melissa Bolivar clinched the team’s first title.
Against second-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, Lileikite won a three-set match over the Tar Heels’ 36th-ranked Whitney Kay, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Combined with her win over Vriens, that was more than enough to earn the heralded award.
After capturing yet another doubles point, Monique Albuquerque extended the Canes lead to 2-0 with her brisk, 6-4, 6-1, win over FSU’s Kerrie Cartwright at the No. 5 position.
The Seminoles’ Amy Sargeant gave her team their only point, downing Clementina Riobueno, 6-2, 6-1, before Lileikite won her match.
Bolivar’s 6-3, 6-4 straight-set victory over Kristina Schleich was all that Miami would need to clinch the win. Both Stephanie Wagner and Kelsey Laurente will still competing on Courts 1 and 2, respectively, when the match came to a victorious end.
After rain halted doubles play just 30 minutes into the match at the Cary Tennis Center, both teams made their way to the nearby Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the University of North Carolina’s campus.
The young Hurricanes, ranked 10th in the nation have been a story all season long. Four collegiate newcomers make up the majority of Miami’s roster and each has played a huge role in helping the Canes earn their first conference title since joining the league in 2004.
“This team was just so tough throughout the tournament,” said Yaroshuk-Tews. To be so young and come away with this win is amazing.”
Two of the newcomers helped set the tone for Miami in earning the interrupted doubles point. Albuquerque and Riobueno sealed the early point with an 8-5 win over the Noles’ Francesca Segarelli and Daneika Brothwick.
Bolivar and Laurente were the first to get on the board in doubles with an 8-5 win of their own on Court 2.
Up next for the Hurricanes will be the Division One Women’s Tennis Selection Show on April 30. The show will be aired on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. and will reveal who the Canes will face in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
1. Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Francesca Segarelli/Daneika Borthwick (FSU) 8-5
2. Melissa Bolivar/Kelsey Laurente (UM) def. Mia Vriens/Amy Sargeant (FSU) 8-5
3. Stephanie Wagner/Brittany Dubins (UM) vs. Kerrie Cartwright/Kristina Schleich (FSU) unfinished
1. #60 Stephanie Wagner (UM) vs. #57 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) unfinished
2. #91 Kelsey Laurente (UM) vs. #96 Francesca Segarelli (FSU) unfinished
3. Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Mia Vriens (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Clementina Riobueno (UM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. Kristina Schleich (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish:
Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,4,3,6)
Check out the induction videos and acceptance speeches of the Class of 2017 !
This Date in Hurricanes History...March 24, 1985...
Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall of Fame !
In a ceremony on the field of Mark Light Cathedral, The Miami Maniac was wed to Mrs. Maniac in an event billed as "a Hysterical, Historical Event" ...a national television audience on ESPN, and a near sellout crowd on a Sunday night, witnessed the first...and possibly only...mascot wedding ! Oh, yes, there was a baseball game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Maine Black Bears, too.
Officiated by "The Right-On Reverend Rabbi Rokeach", the ceremony took place with batgirls holding up bats for an archway...as well as carrying in the groom in a style fit for a Pharaoh...including fanning palm fronds...the evening saw the happy couple cut a wedding cake, take their first dance, and leave the affair in a vintage 1920's automobile...to the delight of the Hurricanes faithful ! Several fans even attended wearing tuxedos for the occasion.
The wedding party included Sebastian the Ibis as the best man, Freda the Flamingo from Hialeah Racetrack as the maid of honor...along with Bud Man, Grimace and other McDonald's characters,Grandpa Maniac, The WIOD Sports Hound and Bananas, the Maine Black Bear. The couple spent their Honeymoon at MetroZoo.
The following year, the Maniac's added some little Maniac's to the family...and Mrs. Maniac retired from the limelight...to raise the next generation of Maniac's to cheer on the Hurricanes
Happy St. Patrick's Day !
This Date in Hurricanes History...March 17th...
Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall O' Fame !
St. Patrick's Day had a whole new meaning once the Wizard of College Baseball, Coach Ron Fraser got a hold of it ! Legend has it that Fraser would do almost anything to get publicity for his program to attract a crowd to the corner of Ponce de Leon and San Amaro Drive to a baseball game...St. Patrick's Day promotions included everything from green gloves, to green bats, to green bases with Shamrocks painted on them...to...check out this photo...GREEN uniforms...ugly green uniforms...
According to longtime PA announcer Jay Rokeach, Coach Fraser had a booster who owned a clothing company to make these for a St. Patrick's Day in the early 70's. The players were not happy the way they fit...as the company had never done baseball uniforms...and the players were probably more upset with the way they LOOKED !
Randy Olen, left, wore this green glove for the 1972 season. Shown here with longtime PA announcer Jay Rokeach, Olen said Coach Fraser got the McGregor Company to make green gloves for the whole team...though this is believed to be the only one that still exists. Olen has loaned it to the Hall and it can be seen in the Ron Fraser display.
This Date in Hurricanes History...March 16th, 1963
Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall of Fame !
The University of Miami men's basketball team defeated St. Francis (NY) 71-70
in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at New York's Madison Square Garden
for the Canes
FIRST EVER Post Season victory !
UMSHoF member Coach Bruce Hale's squad was led by UMSHoF members, Rick Barry, Wayne Beckner and Mike McCoy !
Back in the 1960's, only 16 team made the NCAA Tournament, so playing in the 12 team NIT was a reward for teams who didn't win their conference, or who were Top 25 teams, but were "on the bubble".
The win was the Canes 23rd of the year, tying the school record for most wins in a season with the 1959-60 squad.
The 1962-63 Canes would lose to eventual tournament champion Providence, 106-96, in the quarterfinal game, finishing 23-5 for the season.
This Date in Hurricanes History...March 14th, 1987
Brought to you by the UM Sports Hall of Fame !
UM Sports Hall of Fame member Kevin Sheary
pitched the FIRST perfect game in Miami History with ...
a 7-0 victory over the Southern Illinois University Salukis !
The 1988 UM Baseball Media Guide described it this way....
"The senior righthander steamrolled into the ninth inning throwing three balls to only three batters. The gem was his, but Kirk Dulom and Joe Nelson get assists.
In the fifth, leadoff hitter, Jim Limperos' bid to break up Sheary's party was stabbed on a glove-side dive by Dulom at first base. In the ninth, just two outs away from history, pinch hitter Brad Hollenkamp lined a 1-2 pitch off Sheary's foot, bouncing it high into the air to Joe Nelson at third. Nelson charged, bare handed the ball and threw a dart to Dulom for the 1-5-3 putout and the 26th SIU out of the game.
Catcher Joe Hall was the only obstacle left for Sheary and a place in the record books. The Saluki catcher worked the Seminole, Florida resident into a 3-2 count, fouling the next two pitches away before taking a called third strike from home plate umpire Barry Shulman for the final out."
Legend has it that Hall confronted umpire Shulman, saying the pitch was a ball...and yelled, "where would that pitch have to be for you call it a ball ?" Shulman reported responded, "Son, that ball would have had to one-hop into the dugout for me to call it a strike...swing the bat !"
In 85 years of baseball at Miami, eight other times the Canes have recorded no-hitters...but the FIRST to be PERFECT...30 years ago today...was Kevin Sheary !
(UM pitcher Javi Salas pitched the school's only other Perect Game on March 4, 2014...a 17-0 victory over Villanova)
.Congratulations to UMSHoF member Woody Austin who carded a 59 in the Diamond Resorts Invitational !
By: Golfweek Staff Writer | January 13, 2017 2:56 pm
Another day, another 59.
A day after PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas shot 11-under 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, PGA Tour Champions player Woody Austin shot the number Friday at the Diamond Resorts Invitational, a charity event at Tranquilo Golf Club in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Now, the tournament, which also includes celebrities and LPGA players, uses a modified stableford format, so Austin technically scored a 43. But in stroke play around the par-71 course, it was indeed a 59 as Austin made 10 birdies and an eagle.
“I really never really thought about it until I birdied 16; that got me to 11 under and I though, ‘OK,’ ” Austin said. “But I didn’t know it was par 71, so when I walked off the last green I thought I shot 60.”
Nope, you shot 59, Woody. Enjoy.