Alden, others elected to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD - The 2015 enshrinement class of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame was formally inducted on Sunday.
Among the notables to be inducted was University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mike Alden.
Alden has been the Athletic Director at the University of Missouri since 1998. He oversaw Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference in 2012, and has helped bring about $265 million in athletic facility enhancements during his tenure.
Larry Anderson was another local inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Anderson graduated from CMU in 1967, and has been involved with the University in almost every capacity. He has been a football coach, athletic director, tennis coach and is currently a teacher at Central Methodist.
Former University of Missouri and Pittsburgh Steelers star Andy Russell was also inducted on Sunday.
Russell, a Missouri native, starred for Dan Devine's Tigers of the early 60's. Russell went on to play for the vaunted "Steel Curtain" defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers becoming a seven-time Pro Bowler and a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Other notable members inducted were former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, former Kansas City Royals star Billy Butler, former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery and former University of Central Missouri basketball star Kathy Anderson.