KUSA - Todd Helton and Otis Armstrong, two sports icons in the Denver sports scene, headline the 2014 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame class, which was announced Tuesday.
Helton just retired after 17 seasons with the Colorado Rockies, and Armstrong all spent all eight seasons of his career with one team - the Denver Broncos. Both were first-round selections coming out of college.
Also in the 2014 class are former University of Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan, two-time CU men's basketball coach Frosty Cox, Colorado College hockey player Andy Gambucci (1949-53) and former Denver Post columnist Dorothy Mauk. The induction ceremony is April 17.
Helton was picked eighth overall in the 1995 draft and made his Rockies debut in August 1997. he finished with more than 2,500 hits, a .316 career batting average and 369 home runs.
Armstrong was drafted in 1973 and in 1974 led the NFL with 1,407 yards rushing (5.3 yard average). he finished with 4,453 yards rushing and 1,302 yard receiving and 32 total touchdowns.
Hagan was a three-year starter and was 28-5-2 overall from 1889-91. He finished with 3,801 yards passing and 2,007 rushing and was part of the 1990 co-national championship team.
Cox spent 13 seasons at CU (1935-42, 1944-50) around World War II and complied a 147-89 record. He took the Buffs to three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs. CU made it to the 1942 Final Four and also won the 1940 NIT title.
Gambucci had 62 goals and 29 assists for the Tigers as was a part of the 1950 national championship team. He also played on the 1952 U.S. Olympic team, which won silver in Norway.
Mauk is thought to be the first woman in the national to work full-time in the sports department of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. After retiring in 1982, Mauk has played a pivotal role in the Colorado sports hall and founded the Sports Women of Colorado.
Tickets for the April induction are $175 and sponsor tables are available.
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