From Double T Association:
Six former Red Raider athletes are slated for induction into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame during the Texas Tech-Texas A&M football weekend Oct. 7-8.
Comprising the 2011 Hall of Fame class are softball player Sandy Butler, men's basketball player Richard Little, baseball player Shane Wright, and football players Larry Gilbert, Brad Hastings and Jim Sides.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 7, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. The new honorees will also be recognized prior to the football game the next day. Banquet tickets are $50 each and $500 for a reserved table of eight. Contact the Double T Association at (806) 771-4000 for tickets.
The Athletic Hall of Honor has been the single entity used to honor letter winners and non-letter winners for their accomplishments and contributions to Red Raider athletics since 1961.
This year‟s induction marks the fourth year of the separation of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor and the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2004, the Hall of Legacy was created by the Red Raider Athletic Department to honor individuals and corporations who have provided extraordinary financial support to Texas Tech athletics.
The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes those athletes who earned entry through outstanding athletic performances. The Athletic Hall of Honor will reward those who make significant non-financial contributions to Tech athletics.
The 157 previous inductees into the Athletic Hall of Honor have been retroactively assigned to Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor on the basis of their participation in Red Raider athletics.
2011 marks the seventh year that the Double T Association, the athletic letter winners organization at Texas Tech, is handling the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor voting and induction ceremony. An organization for all varsity letter winners, the
DTAs current membership conducted the 2011 Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor nominations and voting.
Butler was the only Red Raider named to the Big 12 "10th anniversary team" in 2006. Four times she received All-Big 12 honors – three times being named to the 1st Team and once to the 2nd Team. She was named 2nd Team All-American in 1998 and NFCA All-Midwest Region Team in‟98 and „01. Butler resides in California.
Little was twice named 1st team All-SWC at guard. He led the Red Raiders to the 1973 SWC championship and was described by Gerald Myers as "one of the most complete guards to ever play at Texas Tech" and "an outstanding offensive and defensive guard". Little resides in Abilene.
Wright was one of the outstanding pitchers in Red Raider history. Named 1st Team All-American in 1998 by Collegiate Baseball, ABCA and NCBWA, his 14 wins that year remains the highest single-season wins total in school history. In addition, he set records for innings pitched and complete games. He followed his stellar ‟98 campaign with 3rd Team All-American honors in ‟99. Twice named to the All-Big 12 regular season and All-Tournament teams, he is the school‟s career record-holder in games started, wins, complete games and innings pitched. He resides in Minneapolis.
Gilbert highlighted his career with 2nd Team All-American honors in 1966 while leading the SWC in receiving. He was also Consensus 1st team All-SWC that year and later 2nd team All-SWC in 1967. He left Tech second on the school single-season and career receptions and yardage lists. His 12 receptions and 159 yards against Florida State in „66 were both school records which stood for 35 and 17 years, respectively. Gilbert resides in Dallas.
Hastings was a three-time All-SWC performer at linebacker and earned 3rd team All-American honors in 1986. An outstanding run-stopper, he held the school record for single-season tackles from 1985 until 2002. He also led the team in tackles in 1984 and 1986. He left Tech the career leader in tackles and remains #2 on the list. Hastings passed away in 2009.
Sides was a three-time All-Border Conference fullback between 1953 and 1955. He was twice named Honorable Mention All-America and still holds the school‟s career record with 6.2 yards per carry. Of note, he lost only 3 yards in his career and never lost a fumble. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and played professionally in Canada. He resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The six will bring the number to 163 people who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor since its inception in 1961.