1982

J. "Don" Donald Budge
J. "Don" Donald Budge
A tennis great, Don Budge was first to win the great slam in 1938 and was both the Wimbledon and U.S. Champion in 1937. The Number one player of the era, he twice won the national amateur tennis title and three times won top professional honors. He was born and raised in Oakland and attended University High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball as well. Learning his tennis from the legendary Tom Stowe at the Claremont Tennis Club, Budge often knocked the racquet from his opponent’s hand with his powerful serves and forehands. "He was the perfect tennis player," said Stowe. "He wanted to be the best and he was."
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Plaque location: Berkeley Tennis Club
Joseph "Joe" Edward Cronin
Joseph"Joe" Edward Cronin
Pittsburgh Pirates, 1926-27
Washington Senators, 1928-34
Boston Red Sox, 1935-45
A baseball Hall of Famer, Joe Cronin's major league career spanned 20 years. A perennial all-star, he was named Most Valuable Player in the American League in 1930, at age 24, with a batting average of .345. Cronin compiled a lifetime average of .302. He led the Senators to a pennant in 1933 as shortstop and manager and was traded to the Red Sox in 1935, when Tom Yawkey paid the Senator the unprecedented sum of $250,000. He managed the Red Sox to a pennant in 1945. Born and raised in San Francisco, this product of the Columbia Park Boys’ Club was president of the American League from 1959 until 1974.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Plaque location: Sacred Heart Preparatory
Ernest "Ernie" Natali Lombardi
Ernest "Ernie" Natali Lombardi
Oakland Oaks, 1926
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1931
Cincinnati Redlegs, 1932-41
Boston Braves, 1942
NY Giants, 1943-47
Born and raised in Oaklandand one of the most popular players baseball has known, Ernie Lombardi won the 1938 batting title with a .342 average and most valuable player honors while with Cincinnati. He repeated batting title honors in 1942 with a .330 mark with the Boston Braves. In 17 National League seasons, Lombardi compiled a lifetime batting average of .306. He hit over .300 ten different seasons. Infielders, knowing how hard he hit the ball and how slowly he ran, played him as much as 30 feet behind the infield. He is also remembered for being behind the plate when Johnny Vander Meer tossed his two successive no-hitters.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Plaque location: Oakland Coliseum
Juan Antonio Sanchez Marichal
Juan Antonio Sanchez Marichal
Tacoma, 1960
San Francisco Giants, 1960-1973
Boston Red Sox, 1974
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1975
An outstanding pitcher, Juan Marichal compiled a 243-142-lifetime record in 16 big league seasons. On June 15, 1963, he pitched a 1-0 no-hitter at Candlestick Park against the Houston Colts. Soon after, he pitched a sixteen-inning shutout 1-0 against the Milwaukee Braves and Warren Spahn on July 3, 1963. Marichal won more than 20 games six different seasons. His major league debut was a 2-0 victory over the Phillies in 1960. He allowed only 9.83 base runners per nine innings over his career, which places him eighth on the all time list. He was selected to the All Star team nine times.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Plaque location: AT&T Park
Hugh "King" Edward McElhenny
Hugh "King" Edward McElhenny
University of Washington, 1949-1951
San Francisco 49ers, 1952-1960
Minnesota Vikings, 1961-62
NY Giants, 1963
Detroit Lions, 1964
Football Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny's career spanned thirteen seasons in the National Football League. He was elected to the Associated Press 1951 All-American team and the All-Pro teams of 1952 and 1953 Hugh led the NFL rushers in his rookie season. In his first three years with the 49ers, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry, the best in the league. He gained 11,239 yards as a professional. He set the 49er record for the three longest runs from scrimmage of 89, 86 and 82 yards and the longest punt return of 94 yards.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Plaque location: Candlestick Park
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