KU Standouts Inducted in Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
WICHITA – Jayhawk legends Walt Wesley and Charlie Hoag were formally inducted into State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (KSHOF) Sunday in ceremonies at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
The 10-member KSHOF was announced in June 2014. Joining Wesley and Hoag in the KSHOF Class of 2014 were Roger Barta (Smith Center High School football coach), DeLoss Dodds (University of Texas Athletic Director), Bill Freeman (eight-time football and two-time track state championship coach), Caroline Bruce McAndrew (Stanford All-American swimmer), Ed Nealy (Kansas State University basketball), Gene Stephenson (Wichita State University baseball coach), Bill Tidwell (Emporia State University track) and Chuckie Williams (Kansas State University basketball). Hoag was honored posthumously.
The 2014 class raises to 237 the number of inductees in the KSHOF, which is celebrating its 53rd anniversary this year.
A two-time All-American in 1965 and 1966, Wesley was also an All-Big Eight selection following his junior and senior seasons. A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Wesley’s career average of 19.3 points per game ranks in the top 10 on the KU list. He averaged more than 20 points in his junior and senior seasons. Wesley played for head coach Dick Harp in 1964 and concluded his career under coach Ted Owens, who was on Harp’s staff from 1961 before taking over in 1964-65. Wesley, whose KU jersey was officially retired on Dec. 18, 2004, played 10 seasons in the NBA and ended his NBA career with more than 5,000 points and 3,000 rebounds.
Hoag competed in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field while at KU in the early 1950s. The Oak Park, Illinois, native was a two-time All-Big Seven Conference halfback (1951 and 1952) under head coach J.V. Sikes. He was a captain on the 1952 team, and despite a knee injury was drafted by the NFL Cleveland Browns in 1953. Hoag was also a member of Kansas’ 1952 NCAA National Championship basketball team; he scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds in the title victory against St. John’s. Hoag and six of his KU teammates earned a gold medal as a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team in Helsinki, Finland. Hoag, who died in March 2012, is the fifth member of the 1952 KU basketball championship team to be named into the KSHOF, joining Clyde Lovellette, Bob Kenney, Bill Lienhard and Bill Hougland.
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