BIRMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV will be the recipient of the Frank “Pig” House Award at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
The Frank "Pig" House Award is given to someone that the Hall of Fame considers has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama and the Board of Directors feels is worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s First Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.
A native of Birmingham, “Tubb” as he is affectionately known graduated from Wenonah High School in 1973 and earned a football scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, TN. Bell has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wenonah High School for the past 20 years. His overall record is 485-178. His girls’ basketball team has made it to the Girls State Final Four eight times and has won the state championship five times. They have won the state championship in Class 5A the past four consecutive years. During his 20-year career at Wenonah he has been honored as the Birmingham City School Coach of Year, Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year and the Alabama Sportswriters Coach of Year.
He formed a professional Women’s basketball team called the Birmingham Power. He also formed the Alabama Roadrunners AAU Girls Basketball program in 1995. It was a Nike Grassroots program for 10 years. He has coached three McDonalds All-Americans. Several of his former players either played or are now playing in the WNBA.
Former recipients of the Frank “Pig” House Award include Sammy Dunn (2004), Dr. Avalee Willoughby (2007) and Buddy Anderson (2014).
For ticket information to the May13th Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.
BIRMINGHAM - The Board of Directors for the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Ron Ingram will be recognized as the Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday May 13th, 2017.
The Mel Allen Award was created to honor media members in the state who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after 1974 Hall of Fame Inductee Mel Allen from Birmingham who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades; as well as narrated a weekly thirty minute television show in the 1960’s and 1970’s called “This Week in Major League Baseball.”
Ron Ingram graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He served as a sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981, then as sports editor of the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. He went on to become the prep sports editor of the Birmingham News in 1984 and remained there for 24 years. He then joined the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) as an assistant director in 2007. He has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and has captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award in both 1987 and 1994.
In 2009, Ingram was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Auburn University recognized him as the Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012.
Former recipients of the Mel Allen award include John Pruitt (2014), George Smith (2014), and Tom Roberts (2015).
For ticket information to the Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13th, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.