Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame

The Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to allow future generations a place to witness and better appreciate the exceptional athletes, coaches, sportscasters and writers of the Joplin region. The Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame is located inside the Joplin Museum Complex inside Schifferdecker Park. The display contains personal sports related artifacts from the inductees and each inductee is featured on a plaque, which summarizes their achievements.

Gene Bassman “Mr. Softball”

Gene Bassman earned the title of “Mr. Softball” in the Coty of Joplin because he directed the Jop...

Grant Wistrom

Throughout his football career, Grant Wistrom and success went hand in hand. 

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Greg Carlton

A football and baseball standout at Joplin Parkwood High School, Greg lettered four years in base...

Harold Thompson

Starting in 1951 as freshman basketball coach at Commerce High School, Harold spent 36 years in c...

Horton Smith “The Ghost”

Born in Springfield, Missouri, Horton Smith became one of the greatest golfers of the 20th

Jack Belk

Employed by the Jones Truck Lines as a dock foreman and driver, Jack competed at more than 30 tra...