Former Royals outfielder Amos Otis and former Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney will headline the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s induction class during an enshrinement ceremony Jan. 29 in Springfield.
Otis, 69, was a five-time All-Star with the Royals, for whom he played 14 of his 17 big-league seasons. He led the American League in doubles twice and steals once during his tenure in Kansas City, which included a pennant in 1980.
Kenney, 61, went 34-43 in nine seasons as the Chiefs’ quarterback, completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 17,277 yards with 105 touchdowns and 86 interceptions.
Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman, who played 179 games with the Royals in 1994-95, co-headlines the class, which was announced Thursday.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame also will induct the three honorees with Mizzou ties — Mike Kelly, the voice of the Tigers’ radio broadcasts, former football coach Warren Powers and longtime Missouri athletic trainer Rex Sharp.
Missouri State also is well represented with volleyball coach Melissa Stokes, former basketball star Kelby Stuckey and Art Hains, the voice of the Bears.
Among the other inductees are Astros owner Jim Crane, a former Central Missouri baseball player; Jeff Emig, a Kansas City, Kan., native and four-time American Motorcyclist Association champion; George Hayward, a St. Joseph native and NFL referee; and the Central Missouri baseball program.
BASS champion Rick Clunn, Berkeley (St. Louis) track coach Rod Staggs, Penney football coach David Fairchild, Glendale soccer coach Jeff Rogers and the New Bloomfield baseball program along with its former coach Rod Haley (posthumously) round out the class set for enshrinement.
A reception will take place at 11 a.m. at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame followed by a second reception at 4 p.m. at the University Plaza Convention Center followed by dinner and the enshrinement at 5 p.m.
Table sponsorship costs $1,500 dollars, which includes an autographed picture of the Class of 2017. Individual tickets are $150 and other sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, call the Hall of Fame at (417) 889-3100.