James L. Frey

PROFILE: Born in Westphalia, TX., Jim Frey was active in the greyhound industry for many decades. He worked on greyhound farms as a young lad in high school in the 1950s, later he got involved with National meets in Abilene, KS. He went on to become a major kennel owner and breeder of champion greyhounds, while also serving the industry in a leadership capacity, both nationally, in Florida and in his home state of Texas.

HISTORY:His father bought his first greyhound when Jim was only 5 or 6 years old and hunted with him in the fields of West Texas. While in high school, he worked with greyhounds for his uncle, L.B. Kasberg, and Fred Bock. He participated in national and local coursing meets in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a long-time member of the National Greyhound Association and served on the NGA Board of Directors at various times. He was also on the Greyhound Hall of Fame board of Directors. Additionally, he operated one of the country’s leading Racing kennels for many years.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:Jim was the primary partner in the White Shadows Kennel operation, which was among the most successful kennels in America back in the 1970s and ‘80s. The kennel included many of the top greyhounds in the country, the most famous being Hall of Famer Downing-deemed by a Greyhound Review panel to have been the No. 1 racing greyhound of the 20th Century in North America. Jim was also instrumental in the legalization of pari-mutuel greyhound racing in Texas and was a key individual in the establishment of the rules for the sport in that state. He was an active participant on greyhound owner and kennel organizations, not just nationally, but in such states as Texas and Florida. He also played an important role in the growth of the Greyhound Hall of Fame, as well as the construction of the Hall of Fame Museum in the early 1970s.