Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame

Fifth Hall of Fame Induction, October, 2015

A pair of hall of famers

BLAST FROM THE PAST - Then Concord Tribune sports editor Dale Cline, left, talks with coaches Arden Ray, center, and George "Ick" Alley at the Crying Towel Coaches' Banquet.
BLAST FROM THE PAST – Then Concord Tribune sports editor Dale Cline, left, talks with coaches Arden Ray, center, and George “Ick” Alley at the Crying Towel Coaches’ Banquet.

Fourth class inducted Oct. 23, 2014

This year’s class includes: Richard A. Lapish, Concord High 1952;  Bill Watts,  Mount Pleasant High 1949; Bob Mauldin, Concord High 1956; Lafette Jordan, Concord 1976; Edwin “Eddie” Green, Kannapolis; Robert “Beetle” Auten, Hartsell High 1956; Earl B. Lentz Sr., A.L. Brown 1952; the late George Blanton, Concord High 1960; the late Edwin “Eddie” Green; and the late David Cook, Concord High 1947.

The Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting applications and nominations for the fifth induction class. The hall committee will select the next group of honorees, who will be inducted in October, 2015 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County.

Here are the other members of the Hall of Fame:

2013 Class: Margaret Hagerty, Crystal Cox Crump, Melissa Morrison Howard, Amy Privette Perko, Natrone Means, Haskell Lavon Stanback, Lance Smith, Benny Moose, and the late Roy Thomas, Arden Ray, Barbara Smith Roberson, Donnie Whittington, Carl A. Widenhouse, and Dale Earnhardt.

2012 Class: Bill Ford, Larry Honeycutt, Kellie Rose Kennedy, Michael Morton Jr., E.Z. Smith III, Ethan Horton and the late John McInnus, Billy Goodman, Claude “Bear” Little, Leroy Scercy and George “Ick” Alley.

2011 Class: Charles E. Rimer, Kenneth E. Basinger, W. Frank Cannon, Quin Troxler Dionne, Larry “Satch” Sedberry and Gene K. Verble Sr.

This Concord Tribune (now Independent Tribune) photo shows a young Dale Earnhardt in 1976, his second season in NASCAR.
This Concord Tribune (now Independent Tribune) photo shows a young Dale Earnhardt in 1976, his second season in NASCAR.

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt from Kannapolis was inducted into the Cabarrus Hall in 2013. Earnhardt made his first start in NASCAR May 25, 1975 in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt finished 22nd that day.

A larger than life bronze statue of Earnhardt stands in a memorial plaza in his hometown of Kannapolis. It is just off Main Street near the Amtrak Station.

 

 

 

Haskel Stanback is one of the current Hall of Fame members. Here is his Topps 1979 card.

Here is A.L. Brown graduate Haskel Stanback during his career with the Atlanta Falcons. There are a few of these cards available on ebay.
Here is A.L. Brown graduate Haskel Stanback during his career with the Atlanta Falcons. There are a few of these cards available on ebay.

Stanback starred at A.L. Brown, the University of Tennessee before playing six season with the Altanta Falcons (1974-1979). After his football days, Stanback worked at Norfolk Southern Railway.

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  1. Great article! I was riesad in Kannapolis many years ago and my mother and father both worked at Cannon Mill. It was a good place to work, albeit hard work, and the workers werealways treated fairly by the owner. I’m delighted that this wonderful facility has sprung fromthe ruins and just know that many, many people will benefit from the research being donethere thanks to Mr. Murdock’s vision!!

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