Recently retired BYU golf coach Karl Tucker, Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller, and Archie Skeen and Merrill Croft, former collegiate All-Americans in baseball and wrestling, respectively, will make up the Utah Sports Hall of Fame's Class of '92.
The induction of Tucker, Miller, Skeen and Croft is scheduled to take place Nov. 11, at a banquet in the Olympus Hotel in Salt Lake City, it was announced this week by the Utah chapter of the Old Time Athletes Association. Tickets for the affair are available from OTAA officers. The general public is invited.Now in its 23rd year, the Utah Sports Hall of Fame will see its membership swell to 114 with the inclusion of this year's inductees.
Tucker comes into the Hall on the heels of a 31-year tenure as BYU's golf coach that ended this past June with the conclusion of the 1991-92 season. During his 31 years at the helm, Tucker's Cougar teams won 19 conference championships, appeared in 21 NCAA tournaments, finished in the top five in the nation in 13 of those tournaments, and won the 1981 national championship. Tucker was named WAC golf coach of the year 13 times and is already a member of the BYU Hall of Fame.
Miller's exploits as owner of the Utah Jazz are well known to the Utah sports community. Less well known is his involvement with softball as both a national-class player, team owner and promoter. As a pitcher, he gained honorable mention All-America status, and as an owner, his Larry H. Miller teams have consistently competed with the best in the nation. This summer he was inducted in the National Softball Hall of Fame and was previously inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame.
Skeen played baseball at the University of Utah from 1959 through 1961. A catcher, he was named first-team All-American and captured national titles in home runs and runs-batted-in during his career as a Ute. He played eight years of professional baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization after his graduation.
Croft wrestled at BYU in the mid-1930s and won three conference championships while never losing a collegiate match. He captained the 1937 team, the same year he was named All-America and went on to win the national AAU championship.
All four inductees graduated from Utah high schools, Miller from West High School in Salt Lake City, Croft from Provo High School, Skeen from Weber High School in Ogden, and Tucker from Lincoln High School in Orem.
For further information call OTAA secretary-treasurer Larry Palmer at 484-0666.