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.