Pro angler Randy Blaukat was among four athletes inducted into the Joplin (Mo.) Area Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony held Friday.
Blaukat, who turned pro at the age of 23 and has amassed nearly $1.5 million in career earnings, was part of the induction class that also included former University of Tulsa basketball star Leela Farr, former NFL defensive back Felix Wright and baseball legend Mickey Mantle.
“One of the good things about pro fishing is that your career doesn’t end after you’ve been in it for 20 years,” Blaukat told the Joplin Globe newspaper. “The more experience you get on the water, the better you get over the years. A lot of the professional anglers out there now are in their early 70s. It’s one of those sports you can continue to compete at as you get older.”
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