Three athletes with ties to William Woods University are among 15 honorees chosen to be enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 15.
They are Gayle Lampe (pictured above on Born to Win), WWU professor emeritus of equestrian studies; Charlie James, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and member of the WWU Board of Trustees; and Jerome Sally, former Mizzou/NFL defensive lineman and alumnus of the WWU graduate education program.
Lampe is a national and international leader in equestrian science. She is an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider. For 47 years, she has been an instrumental force in William Woods University’s nationally acclaimed equestrian studies division, where she participated in the development of the country’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science.
She has judged horse shows in 43 states, as well as Canada, England, South Africa and Australia. She also has conducted clinics in 19 states and three foreign countries. She has conducted the USEF Judges clinics for Applicants, Saddle Seat Equitation, Saddlebred Horses and National Show Horses for the past four years.
Lampe also has trained several William Woods horses to world and national championships. In 1996, she coached the United States saddle seat equitation team to a gold medal in team and individual competition at the first-ever Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. She personally won a national championship at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in 1983 on Zephyr’s King Moro and she won the World Champion Ladies Five-Gaited gelding title in 2009, with Born to Win. She has a string of other national victories.
James, who has been a member of William Woods Board of Trustees since 1990 and a past president, was member of the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 1964 World Series Championship. An electrical engineer, he is retired after serving as the CEO of Central Electric Company in Fulton for 20 years.
A Webster Groves High School graduate who attended the University of Missouri, James played six seasons in the big leagues (1960-1965). He signed in 1958 as an amateur free agent for a reported $15,000 with the Cardinals and made his big-league debut with St. Louis on Aug. 2, 1960, and ended his career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965.
In 510 games, James hit a career .255 with 172 RBI, 29 home runs, 56 doubles and nine triples. All this came after James attended Mizzou from 1955-1957, playing halfback for the football team for three seasons before being given permission to play outfield for the Tigers baseball team.
Sally earned his Master of Education degree from William Woods in 2004, after playing in the NFL for seven seasons. He is now the assistant principal at Hickman High School in Columbia.
A former Mizzou Tiger and NFL nose tackle, Sally played professionally for the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.
At Mizzou, Sally helped anchor perennially tough Tiger defenses that keyed Mizzou to four consecutive bowl games from 1978 to 1981. He lettered his final three seasons in Columbia, when Mizzou had a combined record of 23-13, including two bowl game victories. He finished with a career-high 78 tackles as a senior in 1981 and earned the Associated Press’ National Lineman of the Week award against ninth-ranked Mississippi State, as he registered a career-high 15 tackles (12 solo). In the NFL, he won a Super Bowl ring with the 1986 New York Giants.
Also to be inducted in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame are former University of Missouri athletic director Joe Castiglione; Mizzou basketball great Al Eberhard; longtime Show-Me State Games director Ken Ash; Mizzou team physician and sports medicine leader Dr. Pat Smith; Mizzou and Macon High School cheerleading coach Suzy Thompson; longtime Missouri State High School Activities Association director Jack Miles; Columbia high school tennis coach Ben Loeb; powerlifting champion Kate Walker; former Mizzou golf coach Richard Poe; Olympic race walker Larry Young; former Rock Bridge High School football coach and athletic director John Henage; and Mizzou super fan Alvin “Squeaky” Marquart.
In addition, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will honor former Mizzou basketball standout, NBA player and sportscaster, Jon Sundvold, as a Missouri Sports Legend.
“The Hall of Fame is the state’s highest sports honor, and these individuals are deserving of statewide recognition,” Jerald Andrews, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame president and executive director, said.
The enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The organization is attempting to provide access to local fans by hosting enshrinements in all parts of the state. The event will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15, followed by dinner at 4 p.m. Tickets are $150 each, or $1,500 for a table of 10. Contact the Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100 for more information.