1983

James "Gentleman Jim" John Corbett
James  "Gentleman Jim" John Corbett
A boxing immortal, the late James J. Corbett won the heavyweight boxing title in 1892, when he knocked out the famed John L. Sullivan in New Orleans after 21 rounds. Known as "Gentleman Jim," San Francisco-born Corbett weighed 178 pounds to Sullivan’s 212. A representative of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, Corbett was the first champion under the Marquis of Queensbury rules. He was also the first national sports champion from west of the Mississippi River.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Plaque location: The Olympic Club
Ann Curtis Cuneo
Ann Curtis Cuneo
Olympic Gold Medal winner and native San Franciscan Ann Curtis Cuneo was a member of the San Francisco Crystal Plunge team. This extraordinary swimmer was coached by Charlie Sava. Curtis won her Gold Medal during London’s 1948 Olympic Games in the 400-meter freestyle competition. She received a second Gold Medal as anchor of the U.S. 4 x 100 meters freestyle relay team, coming from behind to win the event. In 1944, at age 18, Curtis received the coveted James E. Sullivan Memorial Award.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Plaque location: University of California, Berkeley
Jack "Jackie" Eugene Jensen
Jack "Jackie" Eugene Jensen
University of California, 1946-48
Oakland Oaks, 1949
NY Yankees, 1950-52
Washington Senators, 1952-53
Boston Red Sox, 1954-61
Football and baseball great Jackie Jensen was born in San Francisco in 1927. An All-American halfback at the University of California, Berkeley, he also played on the UC baseball team as a pitcher-outfielder. Jensen began his professional career under Casey Stengel’s Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League, and, in 1949, was sold to the New York Yankees. He was traded to the Washington Senators in 1952 and, a year later, went to the Boston Red Sox, where he played through 1961. In 1958, Jensen was named the American League MVP and led the league in runs batted in. He has the unique distinction of playing in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Plaque location: University of California, Berkeley
Ollie Genoa Matson
Ollie Genoa Matson
University of San Francisco, 1949-51
Chicago Cardinals, 1952, 54-58
Los Angeles Rams, 1959-62
Detroit Lions, 1963
A member of the 1952 Olympic team, Ollie Matson starred in football and track at San Francisco’s Washington High School, City College, and the University of San Francisco. A Silver Medal winner in the 1952 Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meters relay team, Matson also won a Bronze Medal, finishing third in the individual 400 meters. Matson joined the National Football League’s Chicago Cardinals following the Olympics. In 1959, he was acquired by the Los Angeles Rams in a trade for nine players. Matson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Plaque location: University of San Francisco
Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
Cincinnati Reds, 1956-65
Baltimore Orioles, 1966-71
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1973-74
Cleveland Indians, 1974-76
Raised in Oakland, Frank Robinson was a baseball star at McClymonds High School before joining the Cincinnati Reds, where he was selected National League Rookie of the Year. A member of the Reds for 10 years and the Baltimore Orioles for six, Robinson holds the distinction of being the first player to win baseball’s MVP award in both the American and National Leagues, of making five World Series appearances with the Reds and the Orioles, and of playing in 11 All-Star games. He has a lifetime batting average of .294, hitting 586 home runs and 528 doubles. Robinson led the National League in slugging percentage three years straight, from 1960 to 1962. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1982.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Plaque location: Oakland Coliseum
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