Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame Lineup Set

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Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame

Welcomes Class of 2014


Induction ceremony and banquet will take

place on May 5 at The Savannah Civic


SAVANNAH, GA (March 31, 2014) – The
Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2014 as well as
honor the 2014 Lawton M. Calhoun Award winner and the recipient of the 2014
M.A. Spellman Special Award on May 5 at The Savannah Civic Center.


Each year, the
GSAHOF inducts four Athletes and two Citation recipients and presents the
area's most accomplished high school athlete with the Lawton M. Calhoun Award.
Additionally, the GSAHOF presents the MA Spellman Special Award to an
individual or organization that has made a resounding impact on the community
through sports, and the best high school athletes in football, boys' and girl's
basketball, volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer, baseball and softball are


Tickets for the
induction ceremony are $25 apiece and may be purchased by contacting the
Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame at (912) 351-3852.



be eligible for consideration as an Athlete, the athlete must have spent his or
her formative years (participating in area schools) within the Greater Savannah
area and must not have competed in the sport in which the athlete excelled for
five years or must be at least 40 years of age. Lifelong sports such as golf,
tennis, and bowling are exceptions. Additional consideration is accorded to
athletes who excelled beyond the local level.


Templeton –
was a three-sport star and five-tool baseball player at Benedictine Military
School from 1957-59 who made his true mark as part of an iconic baseball team
at the University of Georgia. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football
at BC but showcased his abilities on the baseball diamond. He batted .422 and
led the region in batting during his senior year in 1959, and he was selected
as a South All Star by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He earned a baseball
scholarship to the University of Georgia and lettered for UGA from 1961-63,
serving as team captain in 1963 and leading the Bulldogs in runs scored and
home runs in 1962. While playing for UGA, Templeton also competed in the summer
months for the Barrett Oil club in the Savannah River League and played in the
Amateur World Series in Michigan three times. While at Georgia, Templeton
became memorialized twice during the 1963 season: first by being the third
baseman when teammate Don Woeltjen (inducted into the GSAHOF in 2012) pitched a
perfect game against Georgia Tech in 1963 and second by turning a triple play
with teammates Carol Minick, Tom Reid and Tommy Perdue.  


Billy Phillips – Phillips was a
two-sport star at Commercial High School from 1954-57 who earned a football
scholarship to the University of Georgia. He began his college career in grand
fashion with a crucial reception that helped Georgia's freshman team defeat
Georgia Tech in 1957, but his playing career was interrupted by dyslexia after
only one season alongside Fran Tarkenton and Pat Dye in Athens. Phillips had a
high school career to remember at Commercial High, winning the Sears Trophy for
being the city's best high school athlete in 1956 and being named to the
Georgia All State Team. Phillips caught 10 touchdown passes during his senior
year and was named the Savannah News Press lineman of the year, and Commercial
High's football team won the Savannah City Championship. As a basketball
player, Phillips was second in the city in scoring and first in rebounding
during his senior season and was named an all-region performer during his
junior and senior seasons. Although his athletic career ended too soon, his
accomplishments on the field and on the court make him one of the finest high
school athletes in Savannah's history.


Sam Stewart – Stewart is often referred
to at the Jackie Robinson of Savannah for the role he played in desegregating
the Oglethorpe Baseball League in the 1960s. A Tompkins High School graduate,
Stewart was a standout on the diamond good enough to be scouted by the
Pittsburgh Pirates. He chose to play for the Savannah Kilowatts and was an
all-star who broke through the color barrier. He was the first black player in
the Oglethorpe league, and he was good enough to win five MVP trophies and five
batting championships. As a pitcher, he was overpowering and brought the heat
for several teams in different area leagues. Stewart played for several teams
in the Savannah area in the 1960s and 1970s and his talent on the field was
matched by his influence off the field. As a pitcher, Stewart was a strike out
artist, averaging more than 10 strikeouts per game. As unhittable as he was on
the mound, he was equally effective at the plate, and he finished his MVP season
in 1964 with a .462 average. After concluding his baseball career, Stewart
turned his attention to softball and was inducted into the Savannah Softball
Hall of Fame. In a different era, Stewart might have ended up in Major League
Baseball, but he had an unforgettable impact in Savannah's baseball and sports
community as a sublime talent and courageous leader.


Ricky Huggins – Widely regarded as the
greatest slow-pitch softball player to ever play in Savannah, Huggins played
for professional softball teams in the 1970s, ‘80s and 90s. He was a national
MVP nine times and an American Softball Association All American 28 times. He
played on 22 national championship teams and 565 homeruns in 1987 alone. He was
selected as an All American at four positions – third base, first base, pitcher
and right field. He's ranked 19th on the All-Time All World Team and
was named a member of the ASA's 1990s Team of the Decade as well as the 1990s
Player of the Decade. He was inducted into the Georgia ASA Hall of Fame and the
United States Specialty Sports Association Softball Hall of Fame. He is also a
member of the Savannah Old Timers Hall of Fame and the International Softball
Association Hall of Fame.



Citation honorees may be individuals or
organizations that have made contributions to athletics through coaching,
financial support, moral support and instruction. Citation honorees are not
required to have spent their formative years in Savannah to be eligible.


Joseph O'Loughlin – A celebrated high
school athlete at Benedictine in the late 1930s and early 1940s and a decorated
war hero, O'Loughlin has been a lifelong contributor to sports in Savannah and
became a legend at Bacon Park Golf Course in 1973 by shooting a course record
63 on the original layout that still stands. He began refereeing in the 1940s
and is a founding member of the Savannah Basketball Officials Association. His influence
in youth sports in Savannah included conducting youth golf camps at Bacon Park Golf
Course and advocating for youth sports through his participation in committees
and organizations dedicated to promoting the availability and accessibility of
sports to all of Savannah's young people. He was respected and admired for his
earnest efforts to continually improve youth sports in Savannah, and the
Liberty Garden at Lake Mayer was named dedicated to him in 2010 for his heroism
in World War II and his civic work as a Bacon Park commissioner. As a golfer,
he won the Savannah City Championship in 1958 and claimed several other
individual championships in the area.


John “Chip” Grayson – Although it's
difficult to quantify Chip Grayson's contribution to sports in Savannah, it's
easy enough to identify the leadership roles he has played during the past two
decades. He has served on the Savannah Sports Council for nearly 20 years,
acting as the organization's chairman for three years and chairing nearly a
dozen Sports Council committees covering a wide variety of exhibition and
competitive events. He has been a member of the board of trustees for the
Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame for almost a decade and provided
guidance as president for four years as the organization was modernized and
reinvented itself.  After an accomplished
athletic career that enabled him to be inducted into the Savannah Softball Hall
of Fame, Grayson has volunteered countless hours and given thousands of dollars
to Savannah sports, including sponsoring and coaching teams in a variety of
sports at every amateur level and lending his financial and public support to
countless worthy causes that improved facilities and provided opportunities in
the city. Grayson's mission has consistently been to broaden the scope the
city's vision and expectations by dreaming and creating events and competitions
that fit the culture and history of the city. His sense of fairness and his
memory of Savannah's greatest athletes and athletic moments made him an ideal
steward for the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame, and his passion for continual
improvement made him one of the most influential people in Savannah sports


2014 Lawton M. Calhoun Award

award is presented annually to the outstanding athlete from Chatham County as
selected by the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame. The award was
established to honor Lawton M. Calhoun for his long time support of Coastal
Empire athletics, both amateur and professional, from the civic, corporate, and
personal level; and for his staunch help in this organization's development.

Stewart (Benedictine Military School) –
Eugene Brandon “Brad” Stewart
II, is one of the most talented high school athletes Savannah has seen in
decades. As a three-sport athlete at Benedictine Military School, Stewart has
produced results and unforgettable moments in football, basketball and
baseball. He was the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame Football Player of
the Year in 2013 and the Savannah Morning News Best of Preps Most Versatile
Male Athlete of the Year. He earned distinction as a Class AA All-State Second
Team Wide Receiver, a Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah First Team Wide
Receiver and a Region 2-AA First Team Wide Receiver. He had 30 receptions for more
than 700 yards and 11 touchdowns and helped BC advance to the Class AA state
semifinals and finish with a 13-1 record. In basketball, Stewart has been a Region
2-AA First Team selection and a Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah
Honorable Mention selection. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds this
season and produced four double-doubles despite playing only half of the season
because of injury. As a baseball player, Stewart is a dynamic hitter and
fielder whose dramatic diving catch to end a game in 2013 will stand as one of
the greatest baseball moments in BC or Savannah sports history. Stewart has
distinguished himself a game-changing athlete in three sports and is being
recruited to play football by powerhouse programs throughout the country.


MA Spellman Special Award

The MA Spellman Special Award is given to an
individual or organization that has made a lasting impact on Savannah through
sports in an unconventional but undeniable manner.


The Savannah Shamrocks – The Savannah
Shamrocks Rugby Club is a rugby club that has embodied the culture and spirit
of Savannah sports since its inception in 1978. Equal parts social outlet and
competitive team, the Shamrocks club is a member of USA Rugby and Division III of
The Georgia Rugby Union. Since being founded in the late 70s by Tom Nelson and
Carl Shoemaker, the Shamrocks have made a lasting impression in Savannah by
introducing a rugged, respectful sport and launching the world famous St.
Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament that is played each spring in Daffin Park. The
tournament is now as fixed on the calendar as the parade through the squares of
downtown Savannah and has generated tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of
thousands of charitable donations while drawing teams from around the globe to
play rugby in the shadow of Historic Grayson Stadium. The club boasts a large
membership and that includes a senior men's and women's team, plays throughout
the southeast and plays its home games in Forsyth Park. The club's colors are …
what else? Kelly green and gold.

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