The Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame will honor Jim Moyes with its 2013 Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to sports in the area, but not as an athlete.
Moyes, 71, now lives in Florida, but is still well known in the Muskegon area as a generous supporter of baseball and track, a longtime coach and booster at North Muskegon, a regular emcee at sports-related events, and the longtime radio voice of Muskegon-area sports.
The one-of-a-kind Moyes greeted radio listeners with his trademark “Hello, sports fans” during his 43 years of broadcasting local high school football and basketball games.
He was the owner of the Bear Lake Tavern in North Muskegon, but spent most of his non-working hours contributing to the betterment of sports in the area. He was a founding member of the West Michigan Track Club, the driving force behind the restoration of the North Muskegon baseball field and a longtime member of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame’s board of directors before his move to Florida three years ago.
Moyes, a former contributing writer to The Muskegon Chronicle, continues to share his passion and memories of local sports as a writer for the Local Sports Journal.
Moyes joins Jim Goorman, Jack Sprague, and the Holton High School girls volleyball team of 1994 as this year’s MASHF inductees. The final members of the “Class of 2013” will be the high school male and female student-athlete honorees, which will be announced in May.
The 27th annual induction class, which was chosen after a year-long selection process by a vote of the Hall of Fame’s 14-member board of directors, will be formally inducted into the hall of fame at a banquet on Saturday, June 8 at Muskegon Country Club.
Tickets for the banquet are $40 and will be available to the public this spring. For more information on the organization, visit the Hall of Fame’s web site at www.mashf.com.