Huff To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Former Intelligencer sports editor Doug Huff will be honored among the inductees into the Wheeling Hall of Fame Class of 2021 during a Sept. 10 ceremony at WesBanco Arena. A 1961 graduate of Magnolia high school Huff gained state and national acclaim during his decades as a sportswriter in the Ohio Valley.
During his five decades in sportswriting throughout West Virginia, Huff was a mainstay in the pages of the Intelligencer, the paper’s associate sports editor from 1967-78, sports editor from 1979-99 and contract columnist from 2000-12.
Yet his influence has extended well beyond the borders of the Ohio Valley.
When the National Federation of State High School Associations published the first National High School Sports Record Book in 1978, he was instrumental in the original research as contributing editor.
Huff also authored national high school reports, preseason All-America teams, top college recruits, and national team rankings for football, boys basketball, and baseball for Street & Smith’s magazines from 1975-2008.
As a sports historian, he was known throughout the country. When he became just the second newspaper sports journalist inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, the award bio started, “When it comes to statistics and records on high school sports, Doug Huff is in a class by himself on a national basis.”
He has been a contributor to countless national sports publications and also authored the first state all-sports reference book, “Doug Huff’s Sports in West Virginia, A Pictorial History” in 1978 and co-authored “How to Watch Sports on TV…And Enjoy It” in 1972, and contributed to an estimated 30 other books. In his book, “Incredible Football Feats,” Jim Benagh labeled him “a one-man clearing house for high school records.”
Huff served on six Hall of Fame boards located throughout the Ohio Valley and the state.
He was the original curator and major contributor for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Sports Museum inside WesBanco Arena.
A lifetime member of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and secretary-treasurer since 1982, he was on the board of directors of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and Football Writers Association of America, a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America, and lifetime member of the WVU Alumni and WVU School of Journalism Alumni.
The catered event, to begin at 6 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at wesbancoarena.com, or by calling 304-233-7000 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.