Sports Spotlight: Fallon Closes Book On Hall of Fame Career

(February 23, 2014) Inside the walls of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is a legend.

For just about as long as the museum has been in Waco, Steve Fallon has directed its future, making history look as new today as it did in the past.

It's a career, 17 years in the making, but now, just four days until a new class joins the Hall, Fallon will retire after the conclusion of this year's induction.

"Somebody gave me the keys like I was a 10-year-old and said here you've got Disneyland and so for the last 17 years I've had Disneyland," Fallon said.

Things weren't always magical. The Hall of Fame was losing money and had three directors during its first four years in Waco.

Steve was hired in 1997 to turn things around.

"A museum director? I've seen people take tickets. I really don't want to stand at a counter and take tickets, but when I came down and interviewed for the job they explained there was a lot more than that," Fallon said.

If there were a Hall of Fame for Hall of Fame directors, Steve would likely be one of the first inductees.

Over the years, he's overseen the induction more than a quarter of the Hall's 426 members, the building has doubled in size and the museum is, financially, healthier than it's ever been.

"You could give Steve a lot of credit for where we're at today. He's leaving on top and he's welcome back to the Hall of Fame anytime," museum curator and interim director Jay Black said.

"I think his guidance has been very significant," said former Waco Tribune sportswriter Dave Campbell.

Fallon's impact at the Hall of Fame is stronger than ever, which makes you wonder, why is he hanging it up now?

"God has given me a little extra time after beating cancer and I felt like God was telling me, 'Steve you've done plenty. Why don't you slow down, enjoy your family? They need you," he said.

Putting your career in the history books is never easy, but Fallon admits, it was his team that made his job great and he knows he's leaving the Hall of Fame in good hands.

"All I did was keep the keys for 17 years and whoever is my replacement, I hope that they enjoy working at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame every bit as much as I did," he said