John "Hi" Simmons
John "Hi" Simmons
Organization: University of Missouri
Year: 1973 Inductee

A native of Lancaster, Mo., John "Hi" Simmons had a long and decorated career at the University of Missouri, as head baseball coach and a trusty football assistant to Don Faurot.

In baseball, Simmons coached from 1937 to 1973, posting a record of 481-294-3. His teams won 11 conference championships and the first NCAA title in school history in 1954. In all, he led Missouri to six appearances in the NCAA College World Series.

Simmons coached 19 all-Americans at Missouri, including nine first-team choices, 25 All-District and 37 All-Conference players.

A past president of the ABCA (1966), Simmons was inducted into the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.