When then Chamber Executive Bill Harkins searched for a new project back in 1983, he called together a group of past Chamber presidents to brain-storm ways in which they could use their past service and experience. Out of these discussions came the idea to memorialize the Twin Cities’ rich sports history by organizing a Hall of Fame and holding an annual public event to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and teams that had brought athletic fame to the community.
As the committee researched local sports history, it soon became apparent that there were many persons who had received local, state, and even national recognition for their achievements. So, on March 2, 1983, the organization of the Auburn Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame was created, with establishing of bylaws and method of electing permanent members adopted. The first awards banquet was held on March 30, 1984, at Lost Valley Lodge in Auburn. From this beginning, which proved to be a popular success, an Induction and Awards Banquet has been held each year in the spring.
That first Awards Banquet inducted former Red Sox catcher-manager and baseball Hall of Famer Bill Carrigan, Olympian Pierre Legendre, hockey great Larry Charest former U.S. Ski Team coach John Bower, and legendary ELHS ski coach Linwood “Zeke” Dwelley. Since then over 150 more people have been added to the Hall of Fame induction roster, and the event also includes the Chamber President’s Award for outstanding current achievement, and the “Flashback to Fame” Team Award to championship teams of the past.
Over the years the ALSHOF has become a major community activity of the Chamber. The Hall of Fame inductee plaques can be viewed at Gipper’s.
The ALSHOF welcomes additional nominations for induction, and inquiries.