Seven (Make That Six) Inductees Join Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

UPDATE: Following numerous travel issues, Derek Jeter was unable to arrive in Detroit in time for his induction. With the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame being as flexible as they are, Jeter’s induction has simply been added to the 2016 class, alongside Mike Modano, who also could not make the trip this year.

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame’s 2015 class will feature no shortage of legends, as seven selections from six different sports are set to receive one of the state’s finest athletic honors tonight in Detroit.

Tom Izzo, Barry Larkin, Derek Jeter, and Sergei Fedorov will headline tonight’s 7:30 ceremony set to be held at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board theater (tickets are still available at:

Here’s a full breakdown of the 2015 inductees:

Doug English: As a member of the “Silver Rush”, English played defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions for almost a decade straight (he played from 1975-1985 but missed 1980 due to injury). A four-time Pro Bowler, English tallied 13 sacks in 1983, leading the Lions to the NFC Central Division crown.

Sergei Fedorov: Fedorov was a three-time Stanley Cup champion as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Over 13 years in the Motor City, he tallied 400 goals and 554 assists over 908 games. Fedorov was also a recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1994 as the league’s most valuable player when he was third in the NHL with 56 goals. He was also a two-time Selke Trophy winner (best defensive forward).

Tom Izzo: Still active as Michigan State’s head basketball coach, Izzo has led the Spartans to six Finals Fours and 17 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. With a career record of 484-195 (.713 winning percentage), Izzo’s crowning achievement came in 2000 when he led MSU to an NCAA national championship.

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Derek Jeter: A graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and a product of the Kalamazoo Maroons baseball program, Jeter sprouted into one of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball. Over a 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Jeter churned out 3,465 hits, 14 All-Star appearances and five World Series titles.

Barry Larkin: Following an illustrious college baseball career at the University of Michigan, Larkin went on to become a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger winner as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Aleta Sill: A Dearborn Heights native, Sill became the first female bowler to earn $1 million in prize money. She’s also one of just two bowlers to ever complete the bowling triple crown (alongside Pete Weber). She accomplished this feat twice.

Sheila Taormina: Born in Livonia, Taormina swam at the University of Georgia before moved on to compete in four Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008). She won a gold medal as a member of USA’s 4×200 relay team at the 1996 games.


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