by Cole Pepper
Chipper Jones had his #10 retired by the Braves on Friday. Then, on Saturday, it was time for the Suns to give away his bobble-head, complete with his Bolles uniform. Now, Jones and the rest of the Class of 2013 will be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame on August 10 at the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville.
The ceremony was originally scheduled for April, but there was difficulty in getting all of the inductees schedules lined up.
Among the class to be inducted: Jones, former Florida Gators and Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, The PLAYERS champion Mark McCumber, football coaching legend Corky Rogers, tennis star Brian Gottfried, Olympic gold medal swimmer Brooke Bennett, NBA star Tim Hardaway, NASCAR legend Leeroy Yarbrough, and rodeo star Pete Clemons.
Taylor was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, the team’s ring of honor, last year. Rogers is in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Florida High school Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.
The class has a strong Jacksonville flavor. Jones played high school baseball at Bolles, Taylor is one of the greatest players in Jaguars history, Gottfried lives in Ponte Vedra Beach and Rogers coaches at Bolles.
Individual tickets to the ceremony start at $20 and VIP packages that include a reception with the inductees can be purchased for $100. For more information on sponsorships and VIP packages, contact the City of Jacksonville Sports & Entertainment office at (904) 630-3697. Tickets can be purchased online at the Florida Sports Hall of Fame website.