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Johnny "The Pumper" Longden
Johnny "The Pumper" Longden
Johnny Longden rode in and won his first race at Bay Meadows race track in 1935. He was the winner of the first Golden Gate Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in 1947 and won 10 of the first 17 runnings of the Handicap. He won the Triple Crown in 1943 on Count Fleet. In 1978, the Johnny Longden Turf Course at Bay Meadows was named in his honor. He had a total of 6,032 career wins. He was also a trainer. His horse Majestic Prince won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1969.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Plaque location: Golden Gate Fields
Alice Marble
Alice Marble
Alice Marble learned tennis at the age of 13 at the San Francisco Golden Gate Park courts. At age 12, she was the official mascot of San Francisco Seals baseball team. She also played basketball and track at San Francisco Polytechnic High School. She was the winner of the U.S. Women’s singles title at Forest Hills in 1936, 1938, 1939 and 1940; doubles in 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1940; and mixed doubles in 1936, 1938 1939 and 1940. She was also the winner of the Wimbledon singles title in 1939; doubles in 1938 and 1939; and mixed doubles in 1937, 1938 and 1939. In 1939, she became the first woman to hold three Wimbledon and three U.S. titles in same year.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Plaque location: Golden Gate Park
Gino Marchetti
Gino Marchetti
A member of the University of San Francisco's undefeated 1951 team, Gino Marchetti was the New York Yankees' Number two draftee in 1952. He moved to Dallas in his rookie season, was with the Baltimore Colts from 1953 to 1964, and returned to that team for the 1966 season. He was selected for a record 11 consecutive Pro Bowls and was All-NFL seven years: 1957 to 1962 and 1964. Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972, he was also named top defensive end of the NFL’s first 50 years.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Plaque location: University of San Francisco
Leo Nomellini
Leo Nomellini
All-American in football at the University of Minnesota, Leo Nomellini was the first player selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the team’s original NFL draft. Named top defensive tackle of NFL’s first 50 years, he was elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969 and named to Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1977. While with 49ers, he was the only player ever to make All-Pro both on offense and defense since the two-platoon system was adopted. He was offensive All-Pro in 1951 and 1952, then defensive All-Pro in 1953, 1954, 1957 and 1959. Nomellini was also selected for 10 Pro Bowls.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Plaque location: Candlestick Park
Buck Shaw
Buck Shaw
Football’s famed Silver Fox and the San Francisco 49ers’ first head coach, Buck Shaw was an All-America tackle at Notre Dame in 1919, 1920 and 1921. He was head coach at theUniversity of Santa Clara from 1936 to 1942, where he led the Broncos to national prominence, winning the first-ever Sugar Bowl game in 1936. The original Air Force Academy head football coach, he also led the Philadelphia Eagles to the National Football League Championship in 1960.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Plaque location: Santa Clara University
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