Pittsburgh Sports Report
July 2000

Meadows' Huston Inducted Into Little Brown Jug Wall Of Fame

Roger Huston, the principal announcer and race caller at Ladbroke at The Meadows since the mid-1970s, recently was named this year's inductee to the Wall of Fame of the Little Brown Jug Society.

Huston is the 16th person named to the Wall of Fame by the society since it began the yearly award in 1985. He was selected for the Wall of Fame honor by a 22-member panel of harness racing officials and enthusiasts. The award honors significant dedication and contributions to the sport of harness racing.

Huston will join Meadows' founder and harness racing pioneer Delvin Miller, John Simpson, Jr., one of the modern forces behind Pennsylvania's Hanover Shoe Farms and driving legend John Campbell when he is officially inducted into the Wall of Fame. Induction ceremonies take place at the Mayor's Breakfast on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University Sept. 20, the day before this year's Little Brown Jug.

Huston, who will call the 53rd edition of the Little Brown Jug, the second jewel of harness racing's Triple Crown for pacing 3-year olds, has called every Jug card since 1967.

Called "The Voice" by his peers and racing fans throughout the world, Huston began his career in harness racing more than 40 years ago when he called his first race at the Clinton (Ohio) County Fair. Just 18 when he called his first race, Huston has enjoyed a career that has taken him to race calling engagements in 15 states and on three continents.

In addition to his role as an announcer, Huston also serves as an ambassador for the sport of harness racing. He is a member and past president of the United States Harness Racing Publicists and he serves as a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.

Huston also has been an active participant in the sport as an amateur driver through the Billings Amateur Driving Series. For a five year period from 1985-90 he finished no worse than second in the year-long series of races. He retired as a driver with a lifetime driving average of .349 and earnings in excess of $75,000.


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