The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame will add a handful of greats during its Tuesday, Nov. 13 induction ceremony at Multnomah Athletic Club.
Here's who has been voted to the Class of 2012:
Â Mouse Davis, the guru of the run-and-shoot offense who coached at Portland State and just about everywhere before his recent retirement at age 80
Â Joey Harrington, star quarterback at Oregon and Central Catholic High
Â Rich Fellers, Olympic and World Cup equestrian from Wilsonville
Â Former Oregonian sports columnist Leo Davis
Â The famed 1962 Oregon State football team led by coach Tommy Prothro and Heisman Trophy-winning QB Terry Baker.
Some thoughts on this class:
No one is more deserving of a place in the hall than Mouse Davis. He's influenced countless coaches and people, and still seems as young and fun to be around as ever.
Harrington played a huge role in vaulting UO athletics to the big-time. He comes from a terrific family, and brings class to everything he does. When he played for the Ducks, my youngest son was just one of, oh, several tens of thousands of kids who would go to grade school wearing his Oregon jersey No. 3 "Harrington" T-shirt.
Fellers seems like he was born to ride horses, which he has been doing since he was age 11 (42 years ago).
The 62 Beavers, and especially Jefferson High product Baker, were as big to kids of my generation as Harrington and the Ducks were to the youngsters more recently. The 62 Beavers won the Liberty Bowl, and Baker was a three-sport athlete arguably as talented as anyone ever from this state.
And I am thrilled to hear that a former colleague, the late Leo Davis, garnered the votes to join the Oregon sports hall. I grew up reading Leo's game stories and columns, never dreaming that one day I would have the opportunity to share office space with him at The Oregonian and sit next to him in a press box, just hoping I would write something worthy of being on the same page with his dispatch.
Leo came along before the Internet age, so it's not easy to find his work (it's worth a trip through the microfilm). But he was as clever a writer as anyone, knew his stuff, could be biting and fair at the same time, and was just a lot of fun to be around.