SIOUX CITY | Some of the most accomplished athletes from Siouxland have been honored with induction into the Greater Siouxland Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
There currently are 64 Hall of Famers with the last three being inducted in 2008 when Cheryl (Dreckman) Carter, Don Wengert and Don Fleming were honored.
Inductions began with F. Morgan Taylor, who was a track and field athlete and three-time Olympic medalist in the 440-yard hurdles, in 1963. Taylor, a Central graduate, was an Olympic gold medalist in 1924.
“The original premise was to honor people who have helped put Sioux City on the map nationally,” said Hall of Fame committee member Terry Hersom, who has been involved with the association since 1978. “It is not just for local sports heroes, but for people who have gone out there and done some big things.”
The list includes Judy Kimball, an East High graduate who went on to win the LPGA Championship and was inducted in 1983. Gerald “Tuffy” Griffith, inducted in 1981, is a boxer from Siouxland who gained notoriety for his fight with James J. Braddock and was part of the movie “Cinderella Man.” Former Heelan and Iowa football player John Harty, who went on to win Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, was inducted in 1996.
The committee has shrunk to currently just two active participants, and has led to gaps of several years between inductions.
In 2004, the association partnered with the Sioux City Noon Sertoma Club and had banquets for five years, but has not been active since. The Hall of Fame is currently at the Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Drive. The committee wants to move it to a more heavily visited area. Talks with the Sioux City Public Museum have begun.
“We would like to move the display to the museum and possibly have the museum possibly get involved in reinvigorating the organization,” said committee member Mike Cadwell, who has worked with the Hall of Fame since the 1990s.