Inducted February 12, 2005
Brian Mahaffey was a four-year standout for the baseball Bears from 1985 to 1988 and he saw action behind the plate, at first base and as a designated hitter. Mahaffey played for Mid-Continent Conference championship teams all four years he was at SMS, and his appearance on the 1987 NCAA tournament team came with the first SMS team to play in the Division I meet in baseball. SMS finished 24-16 when Mahaffey was a freshman and claimed a league title. He was a full-time regular by his sophomore season and was the Bears’ DH as he won the first of three AMCU all-league first team selections. Mahaffey batted .339 as a sophomore with nine homers and 40 RBIs and was a key cog in the machinery as SMS established an all-time single-season win mark in a 47-14 campaign. He moved to first base for his junior year, getting his last two all-league selections at that position. The 1987 Bears finished 38-14 and drew an NCAA at-large bid and advanced to the NCAA regional in Tempe, Ariz., where they lost to Arizona State and Pepperdine. Mahaffey had his best year from an average standpoint with a .392 plate figure, 11 homers and 55 RBIs. As a senior, he repeated his all-league selection and was conference co-player of the year as he blasted 21 homers for a team which went 41-17 on its way to the league title. Mahaffey was a CoSIDA Academic All-America first team pick as a sophomore and junior and was on the third team his final year. The Springfield, Mo., native finished with SMS career records in doubles (49), home runs (42), runs batted in (175), extra-base hits (95), slugging percentage (.688), game-winning RBIs (17) and sacrifice flies (11) while finishing second in seven other career categories. Mahaffey earned a medical degree and returned to Missouri State as team physician for intercollegiate athletics.