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TROPHIES & TREASURES: Utah Sports Hall of Fame

First in a series highlighting sports hardware in the state.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nestled near Nordstrom and Utah Woolen Mills at CIty Creek Center sits the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Admission is free and extreme COVID-19 measures are taken to assure safety. Within the walls of the facility are some of Utah’s greatest trophies and treasures. It’s a great place to reminisce or educate others on the history of sports in the state.

Items on display include Gene Fullmer’s 1951 World Middleweight Championship Belt from his victory over Sugar Ray Robinson; Arnie Ferrin’s 1944 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player trophy; as well as Frank Layden’s NBA Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year awards in 1983-84. 

Other keepsakes include commemorative basketballs for Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and John Stockton; signed footballs by the Utah Utes from the Fiesta and Sugar bowls; the Old Oquirrh Bucket (presented to the team with the best in-state record in college basketball); Logan Tom’s Honda Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Collegiate Athletics; Blaine Lindgren’s 1964 Olympic Silver Medal in the hurdles (plus other memorabilia); a hammer and an Olympic ring from Amy Palmer; a Tom Chambers jersey from the Phoenix Suns and an NBA Player of the Month award; a belt buckle, lasso, boots and spurs from rodeo world champion Lance Robinson; track shoes from two-time national distance running champion Cam Levins of Southern Utah; Missy Marlowe’s 1991-92 Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete; and displays honoring the careers of athletes and coaches like Noelle Pikus Pace, Ron McBride, Cale Sanderson, LaVell Edwards, Ferrin, Layden and Tom.

Biographies, photos and/or videos for all 129 Hall of Fame inductees are among the interactive displays. So, too, is a virtual bobsled run, sports trivia games, and jerseys to try on and a video board to match up to the height of famous athletes and coaches.

In addition, there are accolades for 229 distinguished high school coaches, 124 officials, 114 distinguished service honorees, 44 coaches of merit, and Ream’s Scholarship recipients.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Visitors must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering. Groups are currently limited to 10 at this time

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