The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame inducts the Class of 2013 tonight at Carmen’s.
The inductees are Bernie Custis, Tom Gallagher, Clara Hughes, Rick Joslin, Dr. David Levy, Bill Sturrup and the 1972 Hamilton Hurricanes
Custis was a star quarterback with Syracuse University before joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and becoming the first African American QB in professional football.
He won the Grey Cup with the Ticats in 1953 and spent eight years coaching the McMaster football team, where he won the Canadian University coach of the year award in 1982.
Gallagher was a legendary head football coach at Cathedral High School who helped players like Peter Giftopoulos, Frank Cosentino and Rocco Romano reach the professional ranks.
Hughes trained on Sydenham Hill in Dundas for several years, which helped propel her cycling career.
The Winnipeg born Hughes is Canada’s only multi sport Olympic medallist in both the Summer and Winter Games.
Joslin is a pioneer in the sport of karate and kickboxing who founded Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts 46 years ago and has mentored more than 10-thousand students.
Dr. Levy has been the Tiger-Cats team physician for more than 40 years, and holds the same position with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Rock.
Before passing away in 2007, Sturrup participated in countless sporting events as a PA Announcer, and was the longtime voice of the Tiger-Cats, Bulldogs, Hamilton Red Wings and Cardinals, just to name a few.
The ’72 Hurricanes had 27 rookies among its 41 players that went on to upset the two-time defending champion and heavily favoured Regina Rams in the Canadian junior football championship.