Impressive Class Spans Seven Decades
BOULDER - The fourth class that will be inducted into the University of
Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame next month is nothing short of blockbuster,
as the six inductees span Buffalo athletics from the 1920s into the 1990s.
The 2002 class features Dick Anderson (football, 1965-67), Harry Carlson
(baseball coach and athletic director, 1927-65), Darian Hagan (football,
1988-91), Carroll Hardy (baseball and football, 1952-55), Hale Irwin (golf
and football, 1964-67) and Russell "Sox" Walseth (basketball player and
coach, 1946-83). Carlson passed away in 1986 at the age of 89; Hagan, Hardy
and Walseth all have established permanent roots in Colorado, while Anderson
lives in the Miami area and Irwin in Scottsdale, Ariz.
CU's Hall of Fame was initiated in 1998 with sole inductee, the late Byron
"Whizzer" White (football, basketball, baseball, track, 1935-38), CU's first
All-American in any sport. In 1999, the Hall took in Gil Cruter (track,
1934-37); Burdette "Burdie" Haldorson (basketball, 1952-55), William "Kayo"
Lam (football, 1933-35), Joe Romig (football, 1959-61) and Lisa Van Goor
(basketball, 1981-85). The 2000 class was comprised of Ambassador David
Bolen, Track (1946-48); Jimmie Heuga, Skiing (1961-63), Dean Lahr, Wrestling
(1962-64) and Pat Patten, Wrestling/Cross Country & Track (1940-47). There
was no 2001 class.
Here's a capsule look at those being inducted as the fourth class of CU's
Athletic Hall of Fame:
Ø Dick Anderson, Football. One of three Colorado Buffaloes in the College
Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1993), he was a consensus All-American in
1967, when he also earned all-Big Eight honors. He had 266 tackles and 14
interceptions in his career, numbers at the time were the most in CU history
when recorded (and still rank 18th and third, respectively). He was a
member of CU's All-Century team (1989), and has been inducted into the Big
Eight Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He was a third
round draft pick by Miami in the '68 AFL-NFL Draft, and he went on to have a
10-year career with the Dolphins (a three-time all-pro performer and member
of the undefeated '72 Super Bowl champion team).
Ø Harry Carlson, Coach & Athletic Director. The first athletic director in
CU history in the modern sense of the position, starting in 1927 until
naming one of his best hires, Eddie Crowder, as his replacement in 1965.
Carlson was a member of the inaugural group in 1955 to receive the "Honorary
C" for outstanding contribution to CU Athletics. His 38 years of service to
the department is the most by a non-coach, and second-most overall, with
perhaps the pinnacle of his career leading CU into the Big Seven Conference
in 1948, setting the stage for big-time athletics in Boulder. He was
inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. At CU, he was also
the baseball coach (11 league titles between 1928 and 1945), dean of men,
and regent. He died July 27, 1986 at the age of 89.
Ø Darian Hagan, Football. Arguably the most talented player to ever put on
a CU football uniform, Hagan piloted CU to three consecutive Big Eight
titles In 1989, 1990 and 1991, leading the team to a 20-0-1 mark in
conference play in that span. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy
balloting as a sophomore, when he became the only player in CU history to
rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in the same season. For his career, he
rushed for 2,007 yards and passed for 3,801, numbers that still rank 12th
and sixth, respectively, at Colorado. An All-American in 1989, he was a
two-time all-Big Eight selection in 1989 and 1990. He was the Big Eight
offensive player of the year in 1989. He later would work in the department
as the Alumni C Club director for two years.
Ø Carroll Hardy, Baseball/Football. One of the best two-sport athletes in
CU history, lettering in football and baseball. An honorable mention
all-American in 1953 and 1954 and an all-Big Seven pick as a senior, he
rushed for 1,999 career yards, with his 6.87 per carry easily the best-ever
at Colorado for any player with 60 or more carries. He also scored 152
points, second most at the time and still 14th best. In baseball, he was CU
's all-time career batting average leader (.392), twice batting over .400,
and also is CU's career triples leader with 12. He is one of just a few to
play two professional sports, spending one year with the San Francisco 49ers
(1955) and eight years in baseball with four different teams. As a major
league baseball player, he is also remembered for being the only man to
pinch hit for the late Ted Williams. He is also a member of the Colorado
Sports Hall of Fame.
Ø Hale Irwin, Golf/Football. A two-time first-team all-Big Eight selection
at cornerback in 1965 and 1966 (9 interceptions), he would go on to make his
mark in golf. The 1967 NCAA individual champion and two-time Big Eight
Conference champ (1966, 1967), he still holds CU's single-season mark for
stroke average (71.86 as a junior). As a professional, he had 21 PGA Tour
wins (including three U.S. Opens) and 30 Senior PGA Tour wins (he's the
all-time leading money winner on the Senior Tour). A member of both the
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, as well as
an inaugural member of the CU Golf Hall of Fame.
Ø Russell "Sox" Walseth, Basketball Player & Coach. A player and long-time
basketball coach at Colorado, Walseth was likely the first and is one of
just a few to have coached both the men's and women's program at the same
NCAA school. As an athlete in the 1940s, he lettered in both basketball and
baseball. He then worked as the head freshman coach for five years (three
under his coach, Frosty Cox, and two under H.B. Lee); after two years as
head coach at South Dakota State, he replaced Lee for the 1956-57 season and
would coach 20 Buffalo teams (261-245 overall record). CU won three Big
Eight titles under his direction, and he was the league's coach of the year
on five occasions. He then coached the women's team between 1980-83,
compiling an impressive 77-21 record with the ladies, including a 43-0
record at home. The basketball floor is named after him, and he is a member
of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
This year's Hall of Fame event will take place the weekend of the
CU-Southern California football game, with functions starting Thursday,
Sept. 12. The honorees will be introduced publicly at halftime of the
CU-USC game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and will be
televised by ABC.