By Paul Sykes
Paul Rogers, the play-by-play announcer for University of Louisville basketball and football, was among five people inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Sportmen’s Supper Club Thursday at the Wildwood Country Club.
Rogers has broadcast U of L sports for almost three decades, and has been voted “Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year” three times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also has called the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup for both radio and television. The Associated Press has also honored Rogers on numerous occasions with the “Best Sportscast in Kentucky” award.
Rogers spoke glowingly of his association with the University of Louisville and for being paid for his lifelong passion with sports. He also paid tribute to his mentor, legendary sports announcer Cawood Ledford.
Joining him was Al Parrish, a long time U of L supporter, who was active in fund raising activities for Papa John’s Cardinal Football Stadium. He is also the founder of the Parrish House, located across the street from the stadium, which serves as headquarters for a large group of Cardinal fans.
Parrish closed the evening with an entertaining and revealing recap of his time as director of the Stadium Committee at UofL and incredible fund raising efforts for local high schools.Â He reminded the attendees that nothing should ever be considered impossible until all efforts were made to accomplish and complete the intended goal.
Other inductees included jockey Calvin Borel, golfer Kenny Perry, and George Sauer, a former Jefferson County coach and administrator. The Sportsmen’s Supper Club, which was formed 45 years ago and has a limited membership of 150, meets monthly at the Parrish House and Wildwood Country Club.