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  • Harry Gupton

    Inducted: 2012
    Sports: Basketball, Baseball

    Harry Gupton was a tremendous two-sport athlete for the Blue Raiders from 1949 thru 1952, excelling in both basketball and baseball. A native of Old Hickory, Tenn., Gupton wasted no time in becoming a Blue Raider. As soon as he graduated from high school, he hitch-hiked to Murfreesboro to make sure he could play at MTSU. On the basketball court, he started at guard for all four years, although he missed all of one year with an injury.

    Despite his career being limited to three years, Gupton became the second 1,000 point scorer in MTSU history, finishing his career with 1,154 points. In baseball, Gupton was a standout shortstop and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds where he played one season at the Triple A level before being called to serve his country in Korea.

    Class of 2013

    Dewon Brazelton
    Baseball

    Roger Carroll
    Football

    Dwone Hicks
    Football

    Priscilla Robinson Murray
    Basketball, Volleyball

    James "Doug" Shrader
    Basketball, Baseball

    History of the Hall of Fame

    In the early spring of 1975, a pair of long-time supporters of Middle Tennessee State University's athletic program decided that the University should honor its greatest athletes. Homer Pittard, alumni director, and Gene Sloan, public relations director, came up with the idea and asked sports information director Jim Freeman to join them in setting up an athletic hall of fame.

    After getting approval for the Hall of Fame from President M. G. Scarlett, the trio began laying the groundwork to select the first inductees. Others, including Bob Womack and Joe Nunley, were also involved.

    "We decided not to have categories but to put all candidates in one group," said Freeman. "We also decided against inducting a large group to start with and felt that three per year was the ideal number. That way, everyone got a good share of the spotlight."

    The nominating and voting for the first several years was done by members of the old "T" Club, now reorganized and called the Varsity Club. Nominations were solicited, and the the list of candidates was mailed to the voters. They selected Horace Jones, Charles "Bubber" Murphy and Teddy Morris as the initial inductees in 1976.

    The Blue Raider Hall of Fame was originally housed in the old Blue Raider Room under the west side of the football stadium. It had to be torn down when then stadium was expanded in 1998. After several years without a home, the Hall of Fame moved into the new Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building in 2004.