Assistant AD/Media Relations
BOULDER - The fourth class that will be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday night (Sept. 12) 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. He became the third Colorado Buffalo to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, entering in 1993, reaching the perfect pinnacle for his football career. 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 the Miami Dolphins in the '68 AFL-NFL Draft, and he went on to have a 10-year career with the Dolphins where he was a three-time all-pro performer and member of the undefeated '72 Super Bowl champion team. A successful businessman in the Miami area, Dick has also made a name for himself on the Celebrity Golf Tour. His son Blake also attended CU and played on the football team in the early 1990s.
Ø Harry Carlson, Coach & Athletic Director. There had been athletic managers, but Harry Carlson was the first athletic director in CU history in the modern sense of the position. He took over those duties in 1927, and held the position for some 38 years until naming one of his best hires, Eddie Crowder, as his successor in 1965. 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 coming in 1948 when he led CU into the Big Seven Conference, setting the stage for big-time athletics in Boulder. His passion for the university was second-to-none for his day, as in addition to being athletic director, he was also the baseball coach for 18 seasons, coaching the Buffaloes to 11 league titles between 1928 and 1945. (In fact, in 1934, he approved "Buffaloes" as the official nickname for the school's athletic teams.) He also served the university in two other capacities during his tenure, as dean of men as well as regent. Carlson was a member of the inaugural group in 1955 to receive the "Honorary C" for outstanding contribution to CU Athletics. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. He died July 27, 1986 at the age of 89.
Ø Carroll Hardy, Baseball/Football. He was one of the most prolific three-sport athletes in CU history, earning a total of 10 letters in football, baseball and track. An honorable mention football 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 Buff history. 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. As a sprinter on the track team, he once ran a 9.8 in the 100-yard dash, one of the fastest times posted for the day. Hardy 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 with the Boston Red Sox, he is also remembered for being the only man to pinch hit for the late Ted Williams. Carroll is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and was named to CU's All-Century Team in 1989.
Ø Russell "Sox" Walseth, Basketball Player & Coach. A player and long-time basketball coach at Colorado, Russell "Sox" Walseth was likely the first and one of just a few to have coached both the men's and women's program at the same NCAA school. His time at CU spanned 38 years, starting as an athlete in the 1940s when 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 proceed to coach 20 Buffalo teams. The winningest coach in CU men's basketball history, posting a 261-245 record, the Buffs won three Big Eight titles under his direction, in 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1968-69. He was the Big Eight Conference coach of the year on five occasions, and his star players included Ken Charlton, Jim Davis, Cliff Meely and Scott Wedman. He then coached the women's team between 1980-83, then known as the "Lady Buffs," compiling an impressive 77-21 record. That mark included an incredible 43-0 record at home, and once again, he earned coach of the year accolades. The basketball floor at the Coors Events/Conference Center 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 this weekend in conjunction with the CU-Southern California football game, with functions starting Thursday with the official induction ceremony on the CU-Boulder campus (while open to the public, RSVP to invitations ran high and filled the 500-seat venue). The honorees will then be introduced publicly at halftime of the CU-USC game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.