EL DORADO - The Union County Sports Hall of Fame will open its doors to its second class of inductees on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the El Dorado Conference Center. The class of eight includes: Al Bolen, Bobby Burnett, WIllie Frazier, Morris Graham, Odell Hale, Glen Ray Hines, Lamar Hunt and Cynthia Moore.
The Union County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will not be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased at all Smackover State Bank locations, United Insurance Agency and Junction City Pharmacy.
Al Bolen, a graduate of Junction City High School, coached the Dragon baseball team for19 seasons with a career record of 385 wins and 63 losses which places him in the top five of high school coaches in Arkansas. In his first season in 1968, his team was state runner up. His first state championship came in 1972 followed by championships in 1977, 1980 and 1981. During his coaching tenure, he also led the Dragons to 17 district titles. His 1977 team finished undefeated at 24-0 and his 1981 team went 37-1 and was declared national champions. Bolen was selected by the Arkansas Activities Association as Baseball Coach of the Year five times. (1977, 80, 81, 82, 86) A graduate of Smackover High School.
Bobby Burnett was a three-sport athlete in high school, participating in football, basketball and track. He was the starting tail back on the gridiron, an all-conference performer on the court and an undefeated state champion hurdler in the 120 high hurdles and 180 lows. Burnett was a member of the 1964 Arkansas Razorback National Championship football team and in 1965 was selected as an All SWC running back. He carried the ball 232 times for the Razorbacks and never fumbled. He played professional football with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL and was named 1966 Rookie of the year in the AFL. Burnett was inducted into the
Arkansas Razorback Hall of Honor in 2000 and Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Cynthia Moore was a 1987 graduate of El Dorado High School and a two-sport standout participating in basketball and track and field. She was a member of the very first conference championship basketball team for the Lady Cats also making all conference. In track and field, Moore was a state champion long jumper her junior and senior year also winning the Meet of Champs as senior. Moore lettered four years at the University of Arkansas. She was an indoor and outdoor All American in the triple jump both her junior and senior years. The 1990 indoor season she was NCAA National runner-up. Her long jump and triple jump records held for more than a decade. Moore was inducted into the Razorback Hall of Honor in 2003.
Glen Ray Hines was a two sport lettermen at El Dorado High School. His senior year, playing end on the football team, he was selected All State and in basketball he also garnered All State status. Hines was twice All Conference and a member of the 1964 National Champion Razorback football team. In 1965 Hines was a consensus All American offensive tackle and also named lineman of the year in the SWC. He is a member of the Razorback All Decade team of the 1960’s and the All-Century team. Hines was selected as first team tackle on the All-time SWC football team. Hines is also a member of the Razorback Hall of Honor. He was an eight-year veteran of the NFL and was an All Star in 1968 & 1969.
Lamar Hunt, born in El Dorado, was one of the founders of the American Football League (AFL), Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as MLS predecessor the North American Soccer League (NASL). He was also the founder and owner of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Wizards and at his death owned two MLS teams, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. The oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in the U.S., the U.S. Open Cup (founded 1914) now bears his name as does the AFC Championship trophy. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972; into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982; and into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. He is credited in coming up with the name "Super Bowl" for the AFC-NFC Championship.
Morris J. Graham is selected for meritorious service to the youth of Union County. He began officiating basketball games in 1958 which has led to umpiring baseball and officiating volleyball. This summer he is still umpiring behind the plate for the El Dorado Boys & Girls Club, completing his 54 th year. He is a native of El Dorado and a 1952 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in El Dorado. He graduated from Arkansas AM&N College in 1956 with a degree in music and then began his career as a high school band director, serving mostly at Washington High and then later El Dorado High.
Odell "Bad News" Hale was born in Louisiana in 1908. At the age of 17, Hale came to El Dorado and began working for Lion Oil Company and also played on the company baseball team. He played minor league ball in 1929, 1930 and part of 1931. Hale was called up to the Cleveland Indians and played in his first Major League game on Aug. 1, 1931. In 1932 he played at Toledo and was called up again in 1933 playing eight more years with the Indians. His best years were in 1934-36, batting over .300 each year and driving in more than 100 runs in 1934 & 1935. He retired from baseball in 1942. In 2001 Cleveland celebrated 100 years of baseball and he was named one of the 100 greatest Indians of all time.
Willie C. Frazier was a 1960 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in El Dorado. He participated in track, basketball and football for the Hornets, leading the basketball team to the district championship in 1960. He received a scholarship to play football at Arkansas AM&N in Pine Bluff where he also played baseball. Upon graduation, he signed a contract to play professional football in the AFL with the Houston Oilers thus becoming the first player from AM&N to play professional football. He was All Pro in 1965 and an All Star in 1966 & 1968. He played for 12 years in 121 games with 211 receptions for 3,111 yards and 38 touchdowns. His best season came in 1967 where he led the San Diego Chargers with 57 receptions for 922 yards and 10 touchdowns.