Breitbard Hall of Fame
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HAROLD “BRICK” MULLER ~ Football, Inducted 1953
An end at California, was the first player in the West to make All-American (1921, ’22). Big, fast, rugged and fiery, he could catch the ball as well as throw it. One of four San Diego High School grads on Cal “Wonder Teams” of 1920-21-22. Played some pro football, then became outstanding orthopedic surgeon.
TED WILLIAMS ~ Baseball, Inducted 1954
Generally regarded as greatest hitter in baseball history. Hit .406 in 1941, the last major leaguer to top .400. Had .344 career average, 521 home runs, six American League batting titles. Played in 18 All-Star Games, twice named league MVP for Boston Red Sox. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
MILTON “MILKY” PHELPS ~ Basketball, Inducted 1955
Scored 1,043 points in four years at San Diego State. Led the Aztecs to a NAIA (small college) title in 1941. Twice named Little All-American. Only small-college player on Helms’ 1941 All-American team. Killed in aviation training accident during World War II.
MAUREEN CONNOLLY ~ Tennis, Inducted 1956
“Little Mo” was 16 when she won the first of three (1951-53) U.S. National singles titles/ Won Wimbledon ladies singles in 1952-53-54. In 1953, also won Australian and French titles, completing first women’s Grand Slam. Suffered career-ending riding accident in 1954. Died of cancer in 1969 at age 34.
ARCHIE MOORE ~ Boxing, Inducted 1956
Durable master boxer held world light-heavyweight title for 10 years, 1952-62. Fought 58 times during reign, losing only two attempts to wrest heavyweight title from Rocky Marciano and Floyd Patterson. Had 194-26-9 record in remarkable 30-year career (1936-65), winning a record 145 fights by knockout.
BILL MILLER ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1957
One of San Diego’s long line of champion pole vaulters, won gold medal in 1932 Olympics with world-record of 14 feet, 1 7/8 inches. Won two national intercollegiate titles (1932-33) for Stanford, and tied for the IC4A titles same years. Won three state prep titles (1927-29) for San Diego High.
DAVE FREEMAN ~ Badminton, Inducted 1958
Greatest badminton player of all time, played the world’s best for 14 years (1938-49, 1953) without ever losing a match. Won eight US singles titles (1939-42, 1947-49, 1953) and All-England singles (unofficial world title) in 1949.
WILLIE STEELE ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1958
Won 1948 Olympic broad jump gold medal in London with a jump of 25 feet, 8 inches. Hoover High grad won 27 of 29 major meets in career. At San Diego State, won two NCAA titles (1947-1948) and three National AAU championships (1946, ’47, ’48.)
IRVINE “COTTON” WARBURTON ~ Football, Inducted 1959
All-American quarterback at University of Southern California also won Academy Award as film editor (“Mary Poppins,” 1965, Walt Disney Studios). Three-sport star at San Diego High, led Trojans to 20-1-1 record in 1932-33. Scored twice in 35-0 Rose Bowl win over Pitt and 19-0 win over Notre Dame.
EARLE BRUCKER ~ Baseball, Inducted 1960
Hard-hitting catcher for the San Diego High School’s national championship team in 1921, he played 27 years of pro ball. Batted .290 in 241 games for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in 1937-40. Became coach for Athletics, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Browns and minor-league manager.
RUSS SAUNDERS ~ Football, Inducted 1960
Blocking back on USC’s first national champion team in 1928. As tailback, led 1929 Trojans to 10-2 record. Player of the Game in 1930 Rose Bowl, passing for 297 yards and 3 TDs and running for another as USC upset Pitt, 17-14. Played one year of pro football, then became executive with Warner Bros.
FLORENCE CHADWICK ~ Aquatics, Inducted 1962
Greatest female long-distance swimmer in history. Conquered 21-mile English Channel four times, twice setting world records. In 1950, swam France to England in 13 hours, 20 minutes, breaking longstanding record by 71 minutes. In 1951, became first woman to swim more difficult reverse route.
MARY KATHRYN “MICKEY” WRIGHT ~ Golf, Inducted 1962
Won a record 82 tournaments on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. Won Women’s US Open and LPGA national title four times each. Set LPGA record of 13 tournament victories in one year (1963). Hoover High and Stanford product was 1963 and 1964 AP Woman Athlete of the Year.
GENE LITTLER ~ Golf, Inducted 1963
Won the US Amateur (1953), the US Open (1961), 29 PGA Tour tournaments and $1.5 million in prize money. Won the San Diego Open in 1954 while still an amateur, and Tournament of Champions three years in a row (1955-57). After cancer surgery in 1972, came back to win five more tournaments.
BILLY CASPER ~ Golf, Inducted 1963
Golf Hall of Famer won U.S. Open twice (1959 and ’66) and Masters (1970), plus 20 Ryder Cup matches for eight US teams. From 1955-79 on the tour, won 51 tournaments and $1,683,618 in prize money and Vardon Trophy (low stroke average) five times. A peerless putter, was Player of the Year in 1966.
CLARENCE PINKSTON ~ Aquatics, Inducted 1963
San Diego’s first Olympic gold medal winner, in high dive at Antwerp in 1920. Also won silver in springboard diving. In 1924 Paris Olympics, won bronze in both events. Won Pacific Coast gymnastics title at age 15 while at San Diego High. Later coached 11 national and Olympic champions.
ED GODDARD ~ Football, Inducted 1964
Four-sport star at Escondido High (football, basketball, baseball, track), became All-American quarterback at Washington State in 1935-36. Twice led Pacific Coast Conference in scoring. Was fast, powerful ball-carrier, excellent punter, deadly tackler on defense.
DON LARSEN ~ Baseball, Inducted 1964
Point Loma High grad is the only man to pitch a perfect game in the World Series. On Oct. 8, 1956, at Yankee Stadium, using a no-wind-up delivery adopted two weeks previous, he didn’t allow a Dodger to reach base in Yankees’ 2-0 victory. Pitched in 10 World Series games during 14-year career.
ALBERT “PESKY” SPROTT ~ Football, Inducted 1964
One of four San Diego High grads who starred on California’s legendary 1920 “Wonder Team.” Leading ball-carrier for the undefeated Bears, scoring two touchdowns in 28-0 win over Ohio State in 1921 Rose Bowl. Scored seven TDs against Stanford in 1918. Ran fifth in Olympic 800-meters in Antwerp in 1920.
BOB GUTOWSKI ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1965
Set American and World records in pole vault 1957 and won silver medal at 1956 Olympic Games. Rangy La Jolla High grad smashed Cornelius Warmerdam’s 15-year-old world mark by one-half inch with a vault of 15 feet, 8 1/4 inches at Palo Alto, California, April 27, 1957.
BILL MC COLL ~ Football, Inducted 1965
Four-sport athlete at Hoover High became All-American end at Stanford in 1951, ’52. Starred for the Chicago Bears from 1952-59 while earning medical degree at the University of Chicago. Father of six Stanford grads.
PAUL RUNYAN ~ Golf, Inducted 1966
Won two PGA championships and two World Senior Titles. Defeated Craig Wood to win 1934 PGA and Sam Snead in 1938 match-play event. In 1961, won US and World Senior titles. Won 26 tournaments and was five-time member of the US Ryder Cup Team.
BOB ELLIOTT ~ Baseball, Inducted 1967
National League MVP in 1947 when hit .317, with 22 home runs and 113 RBI, as Boston Braves third baseman. Hit .333 with two homers in 1948 World Series vs. Cleveland. Played in five All-Star Games for Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. Played for PCL champ Padres in 1954 and managed club, 1955-57.
JIM LONDOS ~ Wrestling, Inducted 1967
Veteran of 2,000 wrestling matches, held world professional championship for 14 years during a 34-year career (1912-46). Nicknamed the “Greek Adonis,” won world title in 1930 from Dick Schickard in a one hour, 29-minute match. Regained title in 1937.
OLIN CORT MAJORS ~ Football, Inducted 1967
Great all-around athlete, won letters in football, basketball and track for four consecutive years at the University of California. Played guard and captained 1920 Cal “Wonder Team” that won nine games, outscored opponents 510-14, and defeated Ohio State, 28-0, in the Rose Bowl.
BUD HELD ~ Track, Inducted 1968
First American to hold the world javelin record. Grossmont High grad, converted from pole vault to javelin at Stanford. Won three NCAA titles (1948, ’49, ’50) and six National AAU titles. Set world mark of 263 feet, 10 inches in 1953, raised it to 268-2 1/2. Career best throw was 270.
LOWELL NORTH ~ Sailing, Inducted 1969
One of world’s best small boat skippers, first to win four World Star Class championships (1957, ’59, ’60, 73). Won Olympic gold medal in Star Class in 1968 and bronze in dragon class in 1964. Crewed for Malin Burnham, winning 1945 World Star title. Became world’s foremost sailmaker.
HAROLD “DUTCH” SMITH ~ Aquatics, Inducted 1969
Won Olympic gold medal in high diving in 1932 Olympic Games and silver in spring board at Los Angeles Games. Also won three national AAU diving titles. During World War II, taught U.S. Marines water survival techniques during combat.
STAN BARNES ~ Football, Inducted 1970
One of four San Diegans on Univ. of California Wonder Teams of early 1920s. Played tackle on Cal team that defeated Ohio State, 28-0, in 1921 Rose Bowl. In his 3 varisty seasons, Bears were 24-2-2. Elected to College Football Hall of Fame, 1954. Became a judge.
BILLY MILLS ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1970
A seven-sixteenths Sioux Indian and U.S. Marine lieutenant, became first American to win Olympic 10,000-meter run in 1964 at Tokyo. Set new Olympic record of 28:24.4. Set world six-mile record (27:11.6) in 1956 National AAU meet at Balboa Stadium.
FLORENCE CHAMBERS NEWKIRK ~ Aquatics, Inducted 1971
Began swimming in 1917 because of back injury suffered at age 9, won her first medal at age 11. Finished fourth in 100-meter freestyle at 1924 Olympics at age 16. Won more than 300 medals and 136 trophies in lengthy career.
KAREN HANTZE SUSMAN ~ Tennis, Inducted 1971
Precocious serve-and-volleyer won 1962 Wimbledon singles title at age 19. With Billie Jean Moffitt (later King), won Wimbledon doubles unseeded in 1961, youngest pair ever to win, and repeated in ’62. Won 17 U.S. national titles overall.
LANCE ALWORTH ~ Football, Inducted 1972
Caught passes in then-record 96 consecutive games — 532 passes for 10,149 yards and 84 touchdowns overall — in 11-year career with San Diego Chargers (1962-70) and Dallas Cowboys (1971-72). Known as “Bambi,” was first player from American Football League elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
LEE RAMAGE ~ Boxing, Inducted 1972
Master heavyweight boxer with lightning left jab, fought the best of his era in early 1930’s. Had 76-12 record, ranked as high as fifth in the world. A natural light-heavyweight, fought Joe Louis twice for heavyweight title in 1934-35. Was outstanding semi-pro baseball infielder in his early years.
RAY “IKE” BOONE ~ Baseball, Inducted 1973
Hard-hitting infielder played 13 years in major leagues (1948-60). In 1953, equaled American League record by hitting 4 grand slams. His 116 RBI in 1955 tied for league lead. Was AL All-Star in 1954, ’56. Patriarch of first three-generation major league family, followed by son Bob and grandson Bret.
AMBY SCHINDLER ~ Football, Inducted 1973
All-American running back for USC (1936-37, 1939), was named Player of the Game in both Rose Bowl (Trojans beat Tennessee, 14-0) and College All-Star Game against Green Bay. Also captained track team at San Diego High, and later coached football and track at El Camino College, 1947-1958.
LEO CALLAND ~ Football, Inducted 1974
From Seattle went to USC, captaining Trojans in 1922. Named Player of the Game in 1923 Rose Bowl. Coached at USC, Whittier College, University of Idaho, and San Diego State, where his teams won conference championships in 1936-37. Later became San Diego’s first Parks & Recreation director.
RUBE POWELL ~ Archery, Inducted 1974
Dominated archery for five years in 1950’s, winning five National Federation of Archery championships (1951, ’53-56). Finished second in 1957, ’58. Retired Navy chief petty officer, came to San Diego in 1948, at one time held all national records for marksmanship with a bow and arrow.
EVELYN BOLDRICK HOWARD ~ Badminton, Inducted 1975
San Diego’s first female badminton champion, winning national singles championship in 1940 and 1942, and doubles in ’42. Attended San Diego High, San Diego State, and UCLA.
RON MIX ~ Football, Inducted 1975
Premier offensive lineman of his era, was penalized only twice for holding in 11-year career with Chargers (1960-69) and Raiders (1971). Former USC star, now San Diego attorney, was All-AFL eight times and played in five AFL title games. Second AFL player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
TOM HAMILTON ~ Football, Inducted 1976
All-American halfback at Naval Academy (1926), later became head football coach and athletic director at Navy and University of Pittsburgh. Commissioner of the Pacific Eight Conference, 1959-71. Decorated naval aviator and Commanding Officer of aircraft carrier Enterprise during World War II.
BOB SKINNER ~ Baseball, Inducted 1976
Hard-hitting outfielder was National League All-Star in 1958, ’60, ’62. Played in big leagues 1951-66, and on two World Series champions: 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. La Jolla High grad, managed S.D. Padres to 1967 PCL championship and Philadelphia Phillies in 1968-69.
GERRY DRISCOLL ~ Sailing, Inducted 1977
Internationally acclaimed sailor and yacht builder. Won Star Class Worlds in 1944, Lipton Cup in 1959-60, Congressional Cup in 1966-67. Organized first West Coast challenge for America’s Cup (1968, Columbia).
BOBBY SMITH ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1977
Emulated pole-vaulting feats of his father and fellow Hall of Famer, Ralph, and his Uncle Harry, winning three national championships. At San Diego State, won NCAA titles in 1949-50, setting mark of 14 feet, 11 inches with new Fiberglass pole. Won Junior National AAU in 1948.
GEORGE BROWN ~ Football, Inducted 1978
Track and football star at Hoover High, became All-American guard at the Naval Academy (1943). Left Navy after World War II to pursue medical studies, enrolled at San Diego State, selected Little All-American in 1947. Also IC4A shot put champ at Navy. Was longtime SDSU team physician.
MIKE STAMM ~ Swimming, Inducted 1978
Crawford High and Indiana University grad, won gold medal (400 medley relay) and two silver medals (100 and 200 backstroke) at 1972 Munich Olympics. Set world record in 200-meter backstroke in 1970 National AAU meet, and five American records. Won total of eight national championships.
DERON JOHNSON ~ Baseball, Inducted 1979
All Southern California in baseball and Prep All-American in football at San Diego High. Had 245 major league home runs and 923 RBI. His 130 RBI ed National League in 1965. Hit 32 homers that year for Cincinnati Reds. Also played for Yankees, Phillies and 1973 World Champion Oakland A’s.
JACK RAND ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1979
Gave San Diego State its first NCAA title, winning pole vault in 1934. Also three-time all-conference end in football (1932-34) and student body president. NCAA co-champ in pole vault in 1935. Earned doctorate at USC, won Pacemaker and Freedom Foundation awards as education administrator.
TEX GUENTERT ~ Football, Inducted 1980
Star halfback for West Coast Navy teams in early 1930’s. Fast and strong on offense and defense, might have been All-American if played college football. From Submarine Force teams of late ’20’s, was recruited by Admiral Tom Hamilton, coach of powerful Navy all-star squad.
BUD MUEHLEISEN ~ Racquetball, Inducted 1980
Recognized as “the father of racquetball,” won an unprecedented 66 national and international titles. Native San Diegan and dentist did not invent the sport, but helped name it and promoted it tirelessly. Was first player elected to Racquetball Hall of Fame.
BILL MCMILLAN ~ Marksmanship, Inducted 1981
World and Olympic pistol champion, also set all-time Marine Corps shooting records. Represented U.S. in six Olympics, 1952-76. Won gold medal in rapid-fire competition, 1960 Games in Rome. Won world pistol championships, 1954, in Caracas, Venezuela, and 1958 in Moscow.
MARTEN MENDEZ ~ Badminton, Inducted 1981
Native San Diegan won national badminton championships in 1949, ’50, ’52. Played on US Thomas Cup badminton team, winning seven matches in international competition. Later won a number of senior doubles titles with partner Fred Serafin.
BILL MUNCEY ~ Hydroplane Racing, Inducted 1982
Won record 64 Unlimited Hydroplane races, seven national championships, eight Gold Cup titles during 31-year driving career. His swashbuckling enthusiasm drove the sport into national limelight. Killed Oct. 18, 1981 when, leading field in a race at Acapulco, his boat became airborne and crashed.
RALPH SMITH ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1982
First local pole-vault champion, to be followed by brother Harry and son Bobby, won National Jr. AAU title and set American record (13 feet, 5-3/4 inches) in 1926. Accomplished boxer, won county AAU welterweight crown in 1927.
ANDY BORTHWICK ~ Golf/Rowing, Inducted 1983
Prominent banker and community leader, won US Senior golf championships in 1977-78, when he was 77 and 78. Won four California Senior titles, shot in 70’s when he was 82. Champion oarsman for San Diego Rowing Club in younger days, helped found San Diego Crew Classic.
DENNIS CONNER ~ Sailing, Inducted 1983
Celebrated America’s Cup skipper over two decades, defended cup in Freedom in 1980, lost in ’83 to wing-keeled Australia II, recaptured prize with Stars & Stripes in ’87. Won Star Class world championships in 1973, ’77, four Southern Ocean Racing Conference titles, Olympic bronze medal (1976).
JOHN BUTLER ~ Football, Inducted 1984
Little All-American guard at San Diego State in 1935, was first Aztec to receive national recognition. At 170 pounds, was pulling guard on offense, linebacker on defense. San Diego native and St. Augustine High grad, became attorney, naval aviator, deputy district attorney and Mayor of San Diego (1951-55).
JOHN HADL ~ Football, Inducted 1984
Durable quarterback, passed for 33,513 yards and 244 touchdowns in 15-year pro career, retiring in 1983 as No. 4 on NFL’s all-time passing list. Two-time All-American at Kansas, played 11 seasons with S.D. Chargers.
MALIN BURNHAM ~ Sailing, Inducted 1985
Youngest to win World Star Class championship in 1945, at age 17. Helmsman of Enterprise in 1977 America’s Cup trials. Won Lipton Cup four times. Prominent business and community leader, headed Sail America effort that brought America’s Cup to San Diego Yacht Club in ’87.
GAVVY CRAVATH ~ Baseball, Inducted 1985
First San Diego County native to play major league baseball, was home run king of pre-World War I “dead-ball” era. Born in Escondido in 1881, hit 119 homers in 11-year major league career. In 1915, hit 24 homers to lead Philadelphia Phillies to first pennant. Managed Phillies in 1919 and 1920.
ARNIE ROBINSON ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1985
Native San Diegan, won two Olympic medals and six National AAU titles in long jump. Climaxed great career with gold at 1976 Olympics in Montreal, leaping 27 feet, 4-3/4 inches. Morse High and San Diego State grad won NCAA title in 1970.
CHARLIE JOINER ~ Football, Inducted 1986
Consummate receiver known as “The Professional,” played 239 games in NFL, retiring in 1986 with then-record 750 catches for 12,146 yards. After college at Grambling, played for Houston Oilers (1969-72), Cincinnati Bengals (1972-75) and San Diego Chargers (1976-86). Pro Bowl 1976, ’79 and ’80.
ART LUPPINO ~ Football, Inducted 1986
Led La Jolla to City League titles in 1951-52, then set national collegiate records at Arizona. As sophomore in ’54, ran for 1,359 yards. His 24 touchdowns and 166 points were records that stood 17 years. In ’55, rushed for 1,313 yards, first back to win consecutive rushing titles. Injured most of his senior year.
DON CORYELL ~ Football, Inducted 1987
First football coach to win 100-plus games in college and pros. In 12 years at San Diego State (1961-72), had three unbeaten teams and winning streaks of 31 and 25 games. Won division titles with St. Louis Cardinals in 1974-75 and San Diego Chargers in 1979-80-81 with dynamic, prolific “Air Coryell” offense.
SID GILLMAN ~ Football, Inducted 1987
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, recognized as a pioneer of passing game. Outstanding end at Ohio State, coached for 20 years in college. Became coach of LA Rams (1955-59), then Coach-GM of AFL Chargers in LA (1960) and San Diego, where team won five division titles and AFL championship in 1963.
BRIAN SIPE ~ Football, Inducted 1987
NFL’s leading passer and MVP in 1980 when quarterbacked Cleveland Browns to division title. Set numerous passing records at San Diego State in 1970-71 and was among top 20 passers in NFL history when retired. Played for El Cajon baseball team that won Little League World Series in 1961.
WILLIE BANKS ~ Track & Field, Inducted 1988
Popular Oceanside High and UCLA grad set triple jump world record of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in June 1985, first American to hold record since 1912. Won state prep title first year triple jump was included, repeated with CIF record of 51-3. Won four national open titles. USOC Sportsman of the Year in 1985.
GARY GARRISON ~ Football, Inducted 1988
Outstanding receiver for San Diego State and Chargers. Aztec MVP in 1964, catching 78 passes for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns. First Aztec to play in East-West Shrine game, twice All-American honorable mention. “Ghost” twice topped 1,000 yards in 12-year NFL career that included three Pro Bowls.
DAN FOUTS ~ Football, Inducted 1989
NFL Player of Year in 1979, quarterbacked San Diego Chargers form 1974 to 1988 with rare combination of intelligence, toughness and competitive fire. Completed 3,297 passes for 43,040 yards, second on NFL all-time list when retired. Led Chargers to three division titles, voted to Pro Bowl six times.
CHARLES FLETCHER ~ Swimming/Water Polo, Inducted 1990
World-class swimmer and water polo player, set a US record and unofficial world mark in the 200m and 220 yd breaststroke in 1923 . Captained Stanford water polo national champions in 1924. Member of pioneer San Diego family, founded Home Federal S&L in 1934, elected to U.S. Congress in 1946.
BILL WALTON ~ Basketball, Inducted 1990
Basketball Hall of Famer, played in 135 consecutive wins at Helix High and UCLA. Three-time All American and College Player of the Year, led Bruins to two NCAA titles . Won Sullivan Award in ’73 as top US amateur athlete. MVP of NBA playoffs in 1977, leading Portland to title, league MVP in ’77-78.
GRAIG NETTLES ~ Baseball, Inducted 1991
Basketball/ baseball star at San Diego High and San Diego State, became six-time All-Star and played in five World Series. With Minnesota, Cleveland and New York Yankees, set American League record 319 home runs for third baseman. Won two Gold Gloves. Helped hometown Padres to 1984 pennant.
ED WHITE ~ Football, Inducted 1991
Four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, played 241 games in 17-year NFL career. Consensus All-American defensive middle guard at Cal, drafted by Minnesota Vikings in 1969 and moved to offense. Played in four Super Bowls. Traded to S.D. Chargers in 1978, was stalwart on four playoff teams.
BOB BOONE ~ Baseball, Inducted 1992
At Crawford High, was quarterback in football, All-Section forward in basketball, pitcher/third baseman on CIF Section baseball champs (1964-65). All-American at Stanford, became four-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove catcher in 15 major league seasons for world champ Phillies, Angels, Royals.
ART POWELL ~ Football, Inducted 1992
Four-time AFL All-Star with New York Titans and Oakland Raiders. In 1963, as Raiders went from 1-13 to 10-4 under first-year coach Al Davis, led AFL in receiving (1,304 yards) and TD catches (16). Starred in football and basketball at San Diego High. Led nation with 40 receptions at San Jose State in ’56.
JOE ALSTON ~ Badminton, Inducted 1993
San Diego High and San Diego State grad, won 12 national championships (2 men’s singles, 8 men’s doubles, 2 mixed doubles). Ranked No. 1 nationally 28 times: 8 singles, 14 doubles, 6 mixed.
HAVEN MOSES ~ Football, Inducted 1993
San Diego State’s MVP in 1967, caught 55 passes for 968 yards. First Aztec to be named Division I All-American, was first-round draft choice of Buffalo Bills in 1968. In 14-year NFL career with Buffalo and Denver, caught 448 passes for 8,091 yards.
CHARLIE WHITTINGHAM ~ Thoroughbred Racing, Inducted 1993
Legendary Hall-of-Fame trainer was born in San Diego on April 13, 1913 and wanted to be jockey, but grew to 6-foot-1. In 1986, at age 73, became oldest trainer to win Kentucky Derby with Ferdinand, then won three years later with Sunday Silence. Both won Horse of the Year, as did Ack Ack in 1971.
WILLIE BUCHANON ~ Football, Inducted 1994
Football and track star at Oceanside High and MiraCosta College, became All-American cornerback at San Diego State (1970-71) and two-time Pro Bowl pick in NFL. In 1983, named to Sporting News All-Time College Team. Intercepted 4 passes in game vs. Chargers in 1978, traded to San Diego the next season.
HAROLD “HOBBS” ADAMS ~ Football/baseball, Inducted 1994
Three-sport star (baseball, football, track and field) at San Diego High and USC. Helped SDHC baseball team to national championship in 1921. Captained football and baseball teams as USC senior. Had 43-11-3 record as SDHC football coach, 1929-34, then coached at USC and Kansas State.
KELLEN WINSLOW ~ Football, Inducted 1995
Agile 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end with moves of wide receiver, helped S.D. Chargers win AFC West titles his first three NFL seasons (1979-81). Caught 541 passes for 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns, went to Pro Bowl five times. Voted to NFL 75th Anniversary Team and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
CHARLIE POWELL ~ Football/Boxing, Inducted 1995
Won three varsity letters each in football, basketball and track at San Diego High, played one summer of pro baseball, then started at defensive end for San Francisco 49ers at age 19. Played seven years in NFL and became world’s fourth-ranked heavyweight boxer, knocking out No. 2 Nino Valdes of Cuba.
RANDY JONES ~ Baseball, Inducted 1996
Jones signed with the Padres out of Compton College for a modest $500 bonus. He went 8-22 in 1974, but rebounded with a 20-12 record and 2.24 ERA the following season, finishing second to Tom Seaver in Cy Young Award voting. Then came 1976, his finest season. Jones went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA, winning the Cy Young by a wide margin over Jerry Koosman of the Mets. Jones that year led the National League in victories, complete games (20) and innings (315 1/3). He also tied Christy Mathewson’s 1913 record of 68 straight innings without a walk.
CRAIG STADLER ~ Golf, Inducted 1996
Stadler, nicknamed “The Walrus” and one of the PGA’s most colorful players and gallery favorites, is a La Jolla High graduate and two-time All-American at USC. He qualified for the tour in 1976 and has won 11 tournaments and more than $6 million in prize money. His best year on the tour was 1982, when he won the Tucson Open, the Masters, the Kemper Open and the World Series of Golf. Recently, he won the 1991 Tour Championship, the ’92 World Series and the ’94 Buick Invitationalat Torrey Pines.
JULI VEEE ~ Soccer, Inducted 1997
Veee, a native of Budapest, Hungary, who defected at age 19 while playing with the Hungarian Under-21 Select Team, played for the Sockers from 1980-84 and 1985-88. He holds club records for goals in a half (6), goals in a quarter (4) and most consecutive games with a goal (37). Veee is second on the Sockers’ all-time scoring list with 254 goals and 214 assists in 198 games.
EARL FAISON ~ Football, Inducted 1997
Faison was a member of the Chargers’ “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line from 1961-66 and was defensive captain in 1964. He was a No. 1 draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1961, but signed with the Chargers of the AFL and was named Rookie of the Year. The Newport News, Va., native earned first-team All-AFL honors in 1961 and 1963-65. Faison played in five AFL All-Star Games and earned Defensive MVP honors in the 1963 contest.
FRED DRYER ~ Football, Inducted 1998
Dryer, a dominating pass rusher for the Aztecs during the 1967 and 1968 seasons, was a first-team All-America selection in 1968. The defensive end led the Aztecs to a 19-1-1 record during his years at SDSU. He then went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams. Dryer, one of 16 inaugural inductees into the Aztec Hall of Fame in 1988 and a 1997 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, earned Pro Bowl honors in 1970 and 1975. He also anchored the defensive line that helped the Rams reach Super Bowl XIV in 1980. After his retirement in 1981, Dryer turned to acting, starring in the television series “Hunter” for seven years.
ALAN TRAMMELL ~ Baseball, Inducted 1998
Trammell, who played shortstop at Kearny High and then for the Tigers for 20 years, batted .300 or better six times and was a four-time Gold Glove winner. Trammell was the MVP of the 1984 World Series and retired after the 1996 season with a career .285 batting average with 185 homers, 1,003 RBI and 236 stolen bases.
DAVE WINFIELD ~ Baseball, Inducted 1998
Winfield, an outfielder out of the University of Minnesota, played in San Diego from 1973-1980, and then played for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays until he retired after the 1995 season. Winfield, 46, was a seven-time Gold Glove winner and 12-time All-Star. He finished with a career .283 batting average with 3,110 hits, including 465 home runs (11 grand slams), 1,833 RBI and 223 stolen bases. He set up the David M. Winfield Foundation in 1977, buying blocks of tickets for young fans. The foundation for 20 years has provided various outreach programs to youths in inner-city communities.
ROLF BENIRSCHKE ~ Football, inducted 1999
Benirschke, who had to be persuaded to be a place-kicker at La Jolla High, went on to play in college at UC Davis, where he earned a degree in zoology. Drafted by the Raiders in 1977, Benirschke went on to stardom with the Chargers. Benirschke underwent two major surgeries for ulcerative colitis in 1979, but made a remarkable comeback and went on to become one of the NFL’s most reliable kickers and a Pro Bowl selection. He ranked third on the all-time field-goal accuracy list after retiring in 1986, making 146-of-208 attempts.
MARCUS ALLEN ~ Football, Inducted 1999
Allen led Lincoln High to the 1977 CIF-San Diego Section title as a quarterback/defensive back, scoring five touchdowns in the championship game. He went on to star at USC, setting a then-NCAA single-season rushing record of 2,342 yards and winning the Heisman Trophy. The six-time Pro Bowl selection played for the Raiders from 1982-92 and the Chiefs from 1993-97.
PAULA NEWBY-FRASER ~ Triathlon, Inducted 2000
Known as the Queen of Kona for her dominance of the legendary Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Newby-Fraser has won 21 ironman competitions worldwide, more than any two other athletes, male or female, combined. Ironman triathlons call for a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run.
ROLLIE FINGERS ~ Baseball, Inducted 2000
San Diego enjoyed the best of Rollie Fingers during his four years with the Padres (1977-1980). He had 35 saves in 1977 and 37 saves in 1978. When Fingers retired from Major League Baseball after the 1985 season, he was the all-time career saves leader with 341.
KEITH LINCOLN ~ Football, Inducted 2001
A member of the Chargers during their formative seasons, Lincoln once was described by coach Sid Gillman as the “best all-around player in pro football.” On the January afternoon the Chargers defeated the Boston Patriots 51-10 to win the 1964 AFL championship, Lincoln rushed 13 times for 206 yards, caught seven passes for 123 yards and completed a 20-yard pass to tight end Jacque MacKinnon.
JOE NORRIS ~ Bowling, Inducted 2001
Norris first gained national prominence by becoming the youngest to throw a 300 game in an American Bowling Congress event. Bowling Magazine has included him among its top 10 bowlers of the 20th century. In 1994, at the age of 86, Norris became the oldest player to roll a 300 game at an ABC-sanctioned event.
KEN NORTON ~ Boxing, Inducted 2001
In March 31, 1973, during San Diego’s only major boxing event, Norton shocked the boxing world by not only beating Muhammad Ali in an arduous 12-round match, but also breaking Ali’s jaw in the process. With that, Norton joined the most elite class of heavyweight boxers to ever grace the ring and share the title of Worlds Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
TONY GWYNN ~ Baseball, Inducted 2002
Gwynn, an eight-time National League batting champion, played 20 years with the Padres. His .338 lifetime average was the highest since Ted Williams’ .344. Pitchers struck him out only 434 times in 9,288 at-bats. Became San Diego State’s head baseball coach in 2002.
TONY HAWK ~ Skateboarding, Inducted 2002
Hawk, a San Diego native and graduate of Torrey Pines High School, is considered the greatest skater in the history of the sport, having won more than 100 professional contests.
RUSS WASHINGTON ~ Football, Inducted 2002
Washington, a right offensive tackle for the Chargers from 1968- 82, set team records for seasons (16, tied with Dan Fouts), games (200), starts (196), consecutive games (178) and consecutive starts (148). He earned Pro Bowl appearances five times 1975-76, 1978-80) and was the NFL Lineman of the Year in 1973. Reynolds, a four-time Olympian, has won three Olympic medals in the Star class and two world championships.
ELVIN HAYES ~ Basketball, Inducted 2003
For just three short NBA years in what became a 14-season Basketball Hall of Fame career, Elvin Hayes plied his trade for the San Diego Rockets (1968-69 through 1970-71). Hayes won the NBA scoring title his rookie year with 28.9 points a game and led the Rockets to the playoffs.
RON NEWMAN ~ Soccer, Inducted 2003
Newman, in 14 years as head coach, led the Sockers to 10 indoor championships and two outdoor NASL division titles. With 753 victories, Ron Newman is the winningest all-time coach in American professional soccer. Newman’s overall record is 753-296-27. He has led teams to 13 indoor titles (10 with the Sockers, 3 with Kansas City) and three outdoor titles (Dallas Tornado, L.A. Skyhawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers).
MARK REYNOLDS ~ Sailing, Inducted 2003
Reynolds made U.S. Olympic Yachting history as a consecutive four-time Olympic representative in the same event. Well known as the “Star of the Star class,” Reynolds won two world championships titles (2000, 1995) and three Olympic medals (2000 Gold, 1992 Gold, 1988 Silver) in arguably the most competitive one-design class in the world.
From the Union-Tribune Publishing Co., who obtained the list from the San Diego Hall of Champions.
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