Written by Brad Townsend
Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame: FW Dunbar legend Robert Hughes among inductees
Membership of TBSHOF will swell to 228 with Class of 2013
The 18th class of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame consists of 10 elite athletes and coaches from a spectrum of sports and competition levels — high school, college and pro.
The Class of 2013 will be inducted during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Saturday at the Marriott City Center, 650 North Pearl Street.
Inductees include former I.M. Terrell and Fort Worth Dunbar basketball coach Robert Hughes; Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins safety and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston; Olympic gold medalist Chryste Gaines; Baylor basketball standout Steffanie Blackmon and (posthumously) basketball center Zelmo Beaty Jr.
“The thing that stands out with this class is how they excelled in whatever role they were called to fulfill and in many cases under very adverse circumstances,” said Gordon Jackson, a member of the TBSHOF advisory committee.
This year’s inductees bring the TBSHOF’s membership to 228. Inductees must be Texans by birth or athletic participation.
Half of this year’s inductees are products of historically black Texas colleges and universities, which until well into the 1960s remained the primary avenue for African-American athletes who wanted to play in-state collegiately.
The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame, title-sponsored by Parrish Restaurants, is housed within The African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Avenue in Dallas’ Fair Park.
As of Friday, tickets remained for the luncheon at $75 per person and $750 per table of 10. For more information, call 214-565-9026, ext. 326.
TBSHOF Class of 2013
Zelmo Beaty Jr.
Basketball player, Utah Stars
Woodville native, Prairie View A&M product
Rowlett HS, Baylor
Olympic track athlete
South Oak Cliff HS
Track, cross country, football coach
Administrator Prairie View A&M
Oilers, Redskins defensive back
Lufkin Dunbar HS, Prairie View A&M
Boys basketball coach
I.M. Terrell HS, Fort Worth Dunbar
Assistant coach with Iowa, SF 49ers
Prairie View A&M (player)
Roosevelt HS, SMU, Michigan State
Broke color barrier at San Angelo College in 1953
Galveston Ball HS, Louisiana-Lafayette