Hall of Fame Inductees

Induction Year: 2012 A three-time All-American at Grambling after a prep All-America career at New Orleans’ Cohen High School, James played five seasons with the expansion New Orleans Jazz, who took him as their first-ever draft pick in the second round of the 1974 draft. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds and had 370

Induction Year: 1982 “I wouldn’t live there if you gave me 10 blocks of it,” Atley Donald said of New York City. “But I’ll never knock the team, because Yankee Stadium was the place to be in baseball.” In 1939, a crude box for measuring velocity of flying objects was developed. Major league baseball officials

Induction Year: 1969 On July 4, 1936, young Billy Brown wasn’t worried about the hop, step and jump competition in the national AAU track and field championships at Princeton, N.J. Brown, who had just completed his junior year at Baker, La., High School, wasn’t overconfident about his chances to qualify for the United States Olympic

Induction Year: 1993 By Scott Beder The excitement and electricity associated with an NBA career are part of his past. These days, Calvin Natt is the proud owner of Natt Mortuary, a funeral home in Denver. His transition from baskets to caskets has been a successful one, and those who know him well know there

Induction Year: 1989 The first outdoorsman chosen for membership in the Hall of Fame, Gresham was the Winchester Outdoorsman of the Year and Louisiana Conservationist of the Year.  He spent 13 years as a field host, consultant and producer for ABC-TV’s “The American Sportsman.”  Well-known for television commercials and personal appearances as a Miller Lite

A successful college basketball coach at Nicholls State, Landry became athletic director at Nicholls and commissioner of two college conferences, the Division I Southland Conference (1987-90) and the Division II Sunshine State Conference (1994-present). He also worked as director of special projects from 1993-95 for the Texas Rangers, helping oversee Nolan Ryan’s retirement celebration, the

Induction Year: 1985 In 1941, Eddie Robinson was hired to coach the Grambling football team by the school’s president, Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones. Robinson was 22 years old, leaving a job in a Baton Rouge feed mill that paid 25 cents an hour. (He supplemented that salary by making four dollars a week for predawn

Induction Year: 2006 Frank Lewis, a Houma (Southdown High) product starred as a running back/wingback/wide receiver at Grambling State University, then played 13 NFL seasons – seven with the Pittsburgh Steelers and six with the Buffalo Bills. He was a first-round draft pick by the Steelers in 1971. In his NFL career, Lewis caught 397

Induction Year: 1968 George “Doc” Fenton was Louisiana’s first sports legend – and that meant he had to be involved in the state’s first major sports controversy. George Elwood Fenton grew up in Pennsylvania, where his father peddled patent medicine with a traveling Indian show.  That’s how his athletically gifted son got the nickname “Doc”.

Induction Year: 2004 The top-ranked high jumper in the U.S. seven straight years from 1988-94, Conway is a two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump. The Shreveport native went 7-8 3/4 in the event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, as a sophomore at USL, setting a U.S. collegiate record and earning a silver