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Helen Hull Jacobs
Helen Hull Jacobs
Tennis great Helen Hull Jacobs, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, set a record when she won the United States Singles title four successive years: 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935. Her rivalry and intensive contests with Helen Wills Moody was the talk of the tennis world in the 1930s and brought her to international fame. In 1936, she won the Women’s Singles title at Wimbledon, and was a finalist for the crown at Forest Hills 1932, 1934 and 1939, and captured a mixed-doubles title in 1934. She was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1962.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: University of California, Berkeley
Peter "Pete" Newell
Peter "Pete" Newell
Coach Pete Newell led the University of San Francisco to the NIT title in 1949. Ten years later, he led the University of California at Berkeley to the NCAA Championship. And under his leadership, the United States Basketball Team won the 1960 Olympic Gold Medal. These victories represent a triple crown never before achieved. Newell was general manager of the NBA San Diego Rockets and later held the same post with the Los Angeles Lakers. He joined the Golden State Warriors as talent consultant in 1977. He wad elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: University of California, Berkeley
Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz
Swimming sensation Mark Spitz, winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, is a graduate of Santa Clara High School and an alumnus of the Santa Clara Swim Club. In 1967, Spitz set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly event. And a year later, at the Mexico City Olympics, he won the silver in the 100-meter butterfly and the bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. Spitz also came away with two gold medals as a member of both the U.S. 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay teams. In 1972, at the Munich Games, he won a record seven gold medals -- 100- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter medley relay and 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay teams.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: Santa Clara International Swim Center
Ken Venturi
Ken Venturi
Ken Venturi played his first round of golf at Harding Park at the age of 12. By the time he was 18, he had won the San Francisco City Championship. After graduating from Lincoln High in 1949, Venturi attended San Jose State College. He played on the golf team and twice won the Northern California Intercollegiate Championship (1951 and 1953), and in 1951 and 1956, he won the California State Amateur Championship. As an amateur in the 1956 Masters, he finished second, after taking a lead in the first round of play. In 1957, he turned professional, joining the PGA tour. Venturi immediately began winning tournaments as he rapidly became one of professional golf's best performers, with 14 tour victories in all. Ken Venturi is best known for his dramatic win of the 1964 U.S. Open. On the grueling 36-hole final day, temperatures soared above the 100ºF mark and threatened players with heat exhaustion. Venturi refused to give in to the brutal heat and humidity. His determination and talent pulled him through the day, allowing him to achieve his childhood dream of winning the U.S. Open. Later that year, Venturi was named PGA Player of the Year and Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. In 1965, he was also selected as a member of the United States Ryder Cup Team. Ken Venturi retired at age 33 and found a new career as a golf analyst for CBS Sports for the next 35 years. He established a new record as the longest running lead analyst in the history of televised sports. The PGA of America recognized his outstanding career with CBS in 1999 by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award. He continues to express his lifelong loyalty and respect for the tradition of golf by speaking at corporate outings and charity events throughout the country. He hosts a popular golf clinic at the Bay Area Sports Hall Golf Classic at The Olympic Club in October.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: Harding Park Golf Course
Glenn "Pop" S. Warner
Glenn "Pop" S. Warner
Legendary football coach Glenn "Pop" Warner was one of the most innovative of the game’s early collegiate coaches. Warner coached the Carlisle Indians and that team’s superstar, Jim Thorpe. He went from Pittsburgh University to Stanford in 1924. As a sign of his commitment, while completing his Pittsburgh contract, Warner sent assistant Andy Kerr and Tiny Thornhill ahead for two seasons to prepare for his move. He coached Stanford’s immortal Ernie Nevers and others to West Coast championships, a national championship title in 1926 and three Rose Bowl appearances.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: Stanford University
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