New inductees into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

The media room before the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction. (Feb. 12, 2015)


DETROIT (WOOD) — Six Michigan athletes were inducted in to the state’s Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015:

Baseball
Barry Larkin — Played for the University of Michigan before going to the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004.

Hockey
Sergei Fedorov — Won the Stanley Cup three times with the Detroit Red Wings.

Basketball
Tom Izzo (Born in Iron Mountain) — Current head coach of the Michigan State University basketball team.

Football
Doug English — Defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1985.

Olympian
Sheila Taormina (Born in Livonia) — Four-time Olympian who competed in swimming, triathlon and modern pentathlon, and won a gold medal in swimming.

Bowling
Aleta Sill (Raised in Dearborn) — Two-time Triple Crown winner.

The induction ceremony for the 59th Michigan Sports Hall of Fame class is being held at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.

Derek Jeter, who was raised in Kalamazoo and recently retired after 20 seasons with the New York Yankees, was supposed to be inducted. But he didn’t make it to the induction because his plane out of New Jersey had mechanical problems and was forced to make an emergency landing. No one was hurt in that incident.

Additionally, former Western Michigan basketball star Kristin Koetsier McNally, who was to be honored with the Courage Award, was unable to attend due to illness.

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