Terry Wallace, who retired as Oaklawn Park’s track announcer in June after 37 seasons of racing, will be among the 2012 class of inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February 2012.
Wallace will accept the Mr. Fitz Award from the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association in November, and in March was named “Man of the Year” by the Arkansas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
“This is the biggest honor you can get in Arkansas sports, and I’m really pleased,” said Wallace, who remains on staff at Oaklawn. “Arkansas has become my adoptive home, so this makes it even more meaningful. It wasn’t something I thought would ever happen, so since it has, it’s very special to me.”
Wallace called 20,191 consecutive races at Oaklawn before ending his streak in January. Frank Mirahmadi will announce the races when the next live meet begins in January 2012.
“Last year, when many of us attended the induction ceremony for (jockey) Calvin Borel, we commented that we hoped Terry would be the next one to get in,” said Oaklawn assistant manager of racing David Longinotti. “We are very glad the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame sees the importance of racing in this state’s sports history, and are very happy to see them honor Terry.”
Along with Borel others in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame are jockeys Pat Day and Larry Snyder; trainer Bob Holthus; owner John Ed Anthony; and Oaklawn president Charles Cella. Jockey Alonzo Clayton, now deceased, will be inducted in 2012.