The Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame's seven-member 2013 induction class features two current high school football coaches and three athletes who graduated from Cleveland-area schools.
Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr., St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle, Cleveland Central Catholic alum and former NBA player Earl Boykins, Cleveland Heights alum and former tennis star Dan Miller and Glenville alum and former NBA executive Harry Weltman are the inductees with ties to Cleveland high school sports.
Former Cleveland Indians player and manager Mike Hargrove and squash standout Pat Morin are the other two honorees.
The inductees will be formally recognized during a banquet held in their honor at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights on Sept. 22. Each inductee will receive a plaque featuring a three-dimensional line drawing of the honoree and the category for which he is being honored.
The hall of fame's first induction ceremony took place in 1976. Eligibility for election is restricted to those persons outstanding in their sport who are considered Greater Clevelanders, defined as the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina, and who were raised in Greater Cleveland or came from other areas to become residents of Greater Cleveland.
Upon announcing this year's inductees, the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame provided the following biographies.
Earl Boykins - A 5-foot-5 basketball player from Cleveland Central Catholic and Eastern Michigan University, where he finished second in NCAA Division I averaging 26.8 points per game. He went on to play with a number of NBA teams, including the Cavs. While with the Denver Nuggets, he scored 32 points against the Detroit Pistons, making him the shortest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points during a game.
Ted Ginn Sr. - Head football coach of the Glenville Tarblooders since 1997, he has led his team to eight consecutive East Senate League titles and reached the state playoffs 11 consecutive times. He is known for taking his athletes to colleges, since colleges would not come to Glenville High School. In the fall of 2007, he realized his dream and opened the Ginn Academy for Young Men.
Mike Hargrove - In 1974 with the Texas Rangers, he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. Mike played for the Indians from 1979-1985, and finished his 12-year playing career with .290 batting average, 80 home runs and 686 RBIs. He managed the Indians from 1991-99 and led to five consecutive AL Central Division titles and World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997. He is the second winningest Indians manager in history.
Chuck Kyle - At St. Ignatius, Kyle was tailback of the 1968 undefeated City Champs. Injury curtailed his football career at John Carroll University, and he was hired by St. Ignatius and became head coach in 1983. Kyle has captured 10 Division I state championships, four state Coach of the Year and two Associated Press Coach of the Year awards. His record at St. Ignatius is 301-69-1 and he's an accomplished English teacher.
Dan Miller - After playing tennis on the teams at Cleveland Heights High School and Colgate University, he stopped playing for the next 25 years. At 50, he started playing tennis again in earnest and with amazing results. He has won 32 national tennis championships, including the "Gold Slam" of all four U.S. championships, a world championship in the 80-and-over class and earned several world No. 1 rankings.
Pat Moran - At Bexley High School in Columbus, he was "Athlete of the Year" for his exploits in football, basketball and baseball. But at age 35, he was smitten by the game of squash. He moved to Cleveland five years later and played the national circuit in his age group, hitting gold. He won the 55-and-over national championship in 1999 and 2000.
Harry Weltman - After a basketball playing career as a sharp-shooting guard and Glenville High School and Baldwin-Wallace College, he turned his attention to the executive suite as general manager of the St. Louis Spirits, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets. "Cleveland's most fascinating sports executive" took the Cavs from the doldrums to the playoffs in three years in one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the NBA.
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