Meet the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Meet the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced Thursday the latest group of inductees.

Antonio Gates, Chris Webber, Jennie Ritter, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, John Beilein, Mickey Redmond and Kathy Beauregard are the eight new faces for the class of 2022.

Chauncey Billups and Shane Battier — both in the 2020 class but were unable to make the ceremony when it was held in 2021 — will also receive their formal inductions.

Thousands of fans, the Hall of Fame’s Election Task Force and a Statewide Election Committee came together to come up with the induction class, who will be honored at the Sound Board Theater at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Sept. 10.

Detroit Pistons' Chauncey Billups holds his Finals MVP trophy after the 100-87 victory over the Lakers to win the NBA championship in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Chauncey Billups

Of all the well known and beloved names on this list, Mr. Big Shot was the leader of the last great Pistons teams. Billups played for Detroit from 2002-08 before playing two games in 2009 and getting traded to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson. He came back for 19 games in the 2013-14 season as well.

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With Billups at point guard, the Pistons made six consecutive Eastern Conference finals from 2003-08, and two NBA Finals (2004 and 2005) and won the NBA championship in 2004.

Billups was the Finals MVP in 2004 and averaged better than 16 points and six assists per game during his time in Detroit, making three All-Star teams.

Antonio Gates, left, watches his son, Dearborn Fordson wide receiver Antonio Gates Jr., play against Belleville at Belleville High School in Belleville, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Antonio Gates

Gates was a multi-sport star at Detroit Central before going on to become a basketball standout at Kent State.

He pursued a career in football, signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, and became one of the best tight ends in NFL history.

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Gates, who spent his entire 15-year career (2003-18) with the San Diego Chargers, finished as the all-time leader among tight ends in touchdowns (116). He also finished third all-time among tight ends in career receptions (955) and yards (11,841).

Shane Battier of Birmingham Detroit Country Day was the state's Mr. Basketball winner in 1997.

Shane Battier

More than 25 years later, Battier remains one of the greatest Michigan high school basketball players ever. He attended Birmingham Detroit Country Day, where he won three consecutive Class B state championships (1995-97) and he was named Mr. Basketball in his senior season.

He went on to play at Duke, where he made two NCAA championship games, winning one. Battier was selected sixth overall in the 2001 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

He won two NBA titles in his 13-year career and was named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Former Michigan basketball player Chris Webber walks on the football field before the start of the Michigan and Penn State game on Saturday, Nov. 3,2018, at Michigan Stadium.

Chris Webber

A key member of Michigan’s Fab Five from 1991-93, Webber averaged a double-double for his career at 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. The Wolverines made consecutive national championship games, falling to Duke in 1992 and North Carolina in 1993.

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Prior to his collegiate days, Webber attended Detroit Country Day from 1987-91, where he became the most sought-after high school recruit in the state since Magic Johnson.

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