Stormin' Norman to be honored by Missouri HOF

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will be honor former University of Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart as they dedicate and unveil his larger than life size bronze statue along the newly renovated Legends Walkway at the Hall of Fame.

Coach Stewart will be the honored speaker at this 10:00 am event. The reception and unveiling is free of charge and open to the public.

At noon the Sports Enthusiasts Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon and Program will be held at the University Plaza Convention Center.

Stewart is the only person in Mizzou history to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a student-athlete and coach.

A native of Shelbyville, Stewart lettered at MU in basketball and baseball in 1954-55-56.

A two-time team captain and All-Big Seven selection in basketball for Coach Sparky Stalcup, Stewart led MU in scoring and rebounding in 1956.

His 24.1 point scoring average in 1956, ranks as the fourth-best figure in school history. Stewart's career total of 1,112 points ranks 19th at MU, with 15 of those who rank ahead of him having played for him during his coaching tenure.

Stewart won more games in his 32 seasons as coach of the Tigers (634) than the university had won in the 60 years prior to him taking over (630).

Stewart's teams won 20 or more games 17 times (the only 17 such occurrences in MU history at the time), including a school-record 29 wins during the 1988-89 season.

He won eight Big Eight Conference championships and six conference tournament titles.

Tickets for the luncheon and program are $40 each. Coach Stewart and other former Tiger basketball greats will be the featured speakers. The Hall of Fame will also present its Filbert Five Class of 2013. The event is presented by Mercy.

Tickets are available by calling the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is located at 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in Springfield.
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