1980

Joseph "Joe" Paul DiMaggio
Joseph "Joe" Paul DiMaggio
One of the greatest outfielders of modern baseball, Joe DiMaggio, the "Yankee Clipper," began his career with the San Francisco Seals in 1932. Hitting safely in 61 consecutive games, which set a Pacific Coast record, he joined New York Yankees in 1936. In 1941, he set the all-time major league consecutive game hitting streak at 56. DiMaggio hit 361 home runs, including 8 World Series homers and compiled a lifetime average of .325. Named American League’s Most Valuable Player 1939, '41 and '47, he held numerous batting and World Series records. He was All-Star team choice in 1937-42, 1947 and1948 and was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1955.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Plaque location: SFO Gate 88
Angelo "Hank" Luisetti
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Stanford University, 1935-38
Native San Franciscan and Galileo High School graduate Hank Luisetti revolutionized the game of basketball with his one-handed shot. Recognized as the greatest player in West Coast history, he led Stanford to three consecutive Pacific Coast Championships, from 1936 to 1938. Three-time All-American as a collegian, he scored 1,596 points in his four-year college career. National Player of the Year in 1937 with 17.1 points per game and College Basketball Player of the Year in 1937-38, he set Stanford's single game scoring record, with 50 points against Duquesne. He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame and the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Plaque location: Stanford University
Willie Howard Mays, Jr.
Willie  Howard Mays, Jr.
New York/ San Francisco Giants, 1951-72
Outstanding outfielder for the New York Giants (which in 1958, became the San Francisco Giants), Willie Mays was named Rookie of the Year in 1951 and, for over 20 years, drew admiration for his hitting, fielding, throwing and daring base-running. National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1954 and 1965, he was named to All-Star team every year from 1954 to 1973. With 660 career home runs, he ranks with Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in achievement. He was inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Plaque location: AT&T Park
Ernest "Ernie" A. Nevers
Ernest "Ernie" A. Nevers
Stanford University, 1923-25
St. Louis Browns, 1925-26
Duluth Eskimos, 1926-28
Chicago Cardinals, 1929-31
The greatest fullback in Stanford history, Ernie Nevers earned the title "America’s all-time one-man team" for prowess in all aspects of football. An All-American, he was voted to College Football’s All-Time All-America Team by consensus of the Football Writers of America and NCAA in 1969. Nevers earned 11 letters as a collegian, excelling in football, baseball and basketball. He pitched professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns before his pro football career. While with the Cardinals, he scored an NFL record of 40 points in one game. He is a 1963 charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Plaque location: Stanford University
William "Bill" Fenton Russell
William "Bill" Fenton Russell
University of San Francisco graduate Bill Russell led the Dons in the 1956 national championship and a string of 61 unbeaten games. Twice named All-American and 1956 College Player of the Year, he was key to the 1956 U.S. Olympic championship at Melbourne. He had an outstanding pro basketball career, bringing the Boston Celtics 11 titles from 1956 to 1969. A five-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, he was named Athlete of the Decade by Sporting News in 1971. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Plaque location: University of San Francisco
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