Oakwood's inaugural Wall of Fame class talk of town at meet and greet

OAKWOOD — It was a challenge for Darrin Fletcher to cast his gaze upon the plaque he received Monday evening.

Pictured on it were the former University of Illinois and major league catcher, along with late grandfather Glen, late father Tom and son Casey. The imagery was a token of appreciation for the first family of Oakwood baseball.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 17, 2018

Jimmy Cook just might be one of the greatest Fighting Illini multi-sport athletes you've never heard of. Cook, who died on this date 69 years ago, lettered three times as a halfback and receiver on Illinois' football team, but it was as a baseball player where he made his most significant imprint.

Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

VIDEO: Illinois hosts Hall of Fame Gala at Field Museum

Illinois hosted its second Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago on Friday. Check out highlights and hear from several inductees in the video below.

Howard 'having a ball' ahead of induction

CHICAGO — Dana Howard has a busy Hall of Fame year. Beside his Illinois honor, the superstar linebacker is entering the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Poulter, Spillane take Eddleman honors for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter and Bren Spillane joined an illustrious club on Thursday.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

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Football, wrestling

Davis, Rabinowitz take top Illini honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's track and field athlete Jon Davis and Illinois women's tennis player Mia Rabinowitz each won the Illini's Freshman of the Year accolade, announced Wednesday by the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Votes from Illinois head coaches, DIA executive staff and the DIA athletics awards committee picked the two winners.

UI's Illinois, Eichelberger fields could see upgrades

CHAMPAIGN — Facility upgrades at Illinois Field were a persistent topic of conversation this spring as Dan Hartleb's Illini jumped back into the Top 25 in March and the top quarter of the Big Ten by the end of the season.

Trio of Illini drafted on third day

CHAMPAIGN — Doran Turchin closed the 2018 season on a strong note. The Illini left fielder struggled at the plate early in the season, but he hit .297 in Big Ten play to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors.