Tiger Trail To Add Six In Saturday Ceremonies

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's annual Tiger Trail Walk of Fame banquet will honor six AU sports celebrities on Saturday at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference.

Five former Auburn athletes and one coach are the latest inductees into the Tiger Trail Walk of Fame. They will have their names imbedded in downtown Auburn sidewalks to honor them for their accomplishments.

A breakfast ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m. to honor Hal Baird, Joe Childress, Sissy Costner, Henry Hart, Gregg Olson and James Walker. Their names will be placed in metal stars that are placed in the sidewalks. The locations of the stars will be determined when the honorees reach into a box and randomly pick a spot for their stars at the ceremonies on Saturday morning.

Tickets for the event are $25 each and Auburn University Athletic Director David Housel will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available through the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (334) 887-7011.

High jumper Sissy Costner Boone, 1986-1990, was the first female athlete at Auburn to win the same event at both the SEC indoor and outdoor championships in the same year. She was recognized twice as an NCAA All-American and earned the bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City. In 1989, she was team MVP and was a three-time SEC champion and a three-time All-SEC Academic team pick.

Hal Baird (1985-2000) is the winningest coach in Auburn baseball history. He led the Tigers to a school-record 50 wins, AU's first-ever No. 1 national ranking and in 1994 he led the Tigers to the College World Series for AU's first appearance there in 18 years. In his 16 years at AU, he coached 47 players who have played professional baseball, including two first-round draft picks.

Henry Hart, 1955-60, was the 1959-1960 basketball team captain and an All-American playing for some of the most successful teams in AU history. He has been inducted into the Auburn Hall of Honor. He is considered one of the best shooters in AU hoops history.

James Walker, 1975-80, was the 1979 NCAA indoor champion in the 440 yard dash and the 1978 and 1979 NCAA outdoor champion. In 1978, he captured both the NCAA and AAU intermediate hurdle titles. He participated in the 1979 Pan Am Games and was a member of the U.S. World University Games team, competing in both the highs and intermediate hurdles. He was NCAA runner-up in the high hurdles and SEC runner-up in the 400. In 1978, he won the U.S.-U.S.S.R. intermediate race in 48.91, the second fastest time in the world behind Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses. Walker won seven SEC titles.

Joe Childress, 1952-54, led the SEC in rushing during the 1954 season with 834 yards while scoring 65 points. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1984 Gator Bowl and he earned All-America honors.

Baseball pitcher Gregg Olson, 1986-88, was a first team All-SEC and All-America pick in 1987. He set Auburn's career record for saves in his first season as a reliever. He had a career earned run average of 3.50 and averaged 9.06 strikeouts per nine innings before moving on to a successful career in Major League baseball. In 1988 he pitched on the USA national team. He appeared in three Pan American Games.

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