Five former Tennessee Vols representing five different sports were named Friday as part of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
The inductees include Sharrieffa Barksdale (track and field), RA Dickey (baseball), Harry Galbreath (soccer), Nikki-McCray Penson (women’s basketball), and Tony White (men’s basketball).
The athletes will be enshrined at a ceremony in July.
Barksdale, a native of Harriman, was a standout track star and became the first female in the history of the women’s 400-meter hurdles to go under 55 seconds. She won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in 1983 and earned a spot on the US Olympic Team in 1984 in Los Angeles.
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Dickey, a Montgomery Bell Academy standout pitcher, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, but ultimately decided not to sign with Detroit and attended Tennessee. He was named Academic All-American and Academic All-SEC during his time in Knoxville.
Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut in 2001. He went on to play for Texas, Seattle, Minnesota, the New York Mets, Toronto, and Atlanta. In 2012, Dickey posted a 20-6 record and became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
Galbreath, a Clarksville native, starred as an offensive guard for the Vols from 1984-87, where he played in every game of his career. Former Vols coach Johnny Majors once said Galbreath was the best run blocker he ever coached.
Galbreath was selected in the 8th round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He was named to the All-Rookie team in 1988 and spent five seasons in Miami before going to play for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets. After his playing career, Galbreath served as offensive line coach at Austin Peay, Tennessee State, and Hampton University. He died in 2010.
Penson, a native of Collierville, played for coach Pat Summitt from 1992-1995, seeing action in 127 games and scoring more than 1,500 points. She played professionally in the ABL before joining the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 1998.
McCray was named a WNBA All-Star three times and won gold medals with Team USA in 1996 and 2000.
White played at UT from 1983-87. He is the third all-time leading scorer for the Vols with 2,219 points. White appeared in 127 games averaging 17.5 points per game throughout his career.
He also holds the school record for most points in a single game (51). White was a second-round pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft.
“We are proud to honor this great group of athletes with induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame,” said Brad Willis, executive director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. “These five athletes from five different programs are a great example of the hard work and dedication required to meet Hall of Fame status.”
This group joins former Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse, Maryville College coaching legend Randy Lambert, and Trevecca basketball’s David Suddeth as members of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
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