1988

Max Baer
Max Baer
Raised in Livermore, California, Max Baer began his boxing career in 1929, at age 20, in Oakland. He won his first twelve fights by knockouts. In 1933, wearing the Star of David on his trunks, he knocked out Max Schmeling, "the fighting pride of Nazi Germany," in the tenth round. On June 14, 1934, at Madison Square Garden, Baer pounded Primo Carnera to the floor twelve times. He won the fight with an eleventh round knockout, becoming heavyweight champion of the world.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Plaque location: City of Livermore
Rick Barry
Rick Barry
Rick Barry was selected Rookie of the Year after joining the Golden State Warriors for the 1966-67 season. His scoring average as a rookie was 25.7. The next year, his scoring average rose to 35.6, the best in the NBA. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Team eight times and named the most valuable player in the 1967 All-Star game. After playing four years in the ABA, he returned to the Warriors, where he led them to the 1974-75 NBA Championship, being named the most valuable player in the series.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Plaque location: Oakland Coliseum
John Brodie
John Brodie
Born in San Francisco, John Brodie was raised in the East Bay, where he starred in football, baseball and basketball at Oakland Tech. At Stanford, he was selected All-American in 1956 and named the most valuable player of the 1957 East-West Shrine Game. Selected as the 49ers’ first-round draft choice in 1957, he spent his entire 17-year professional career with them. In 1970, he led the 49ers to their first ever division championship and was voted the most valuable player in the NFL.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Plaque location: Stanford University
Nate Thurmond
Nate Thurmond
Selected by the Golden State Warriors as their first draft choice for the 1963-64 season, Nate Thurmond completed 11 seasons. He was considered by many as the best rebounder in the game. An excellent scorer, he had five consecutive seasons averaging over 20 points per game. In 1974, he became the only player to record a quadruple-double, scoring 22 points with 13 assists, 14 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. He was an NBA All Star selection seven times.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Plaque location: Oakland Coliseum
Yelberton Abraham "Y.A." Tittle
Yelberton Abraham "Y.A." Tittle
Yelberton Abraham Tittle began his ten-year career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1951. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl six times, the first being in 1954. He led the NFL in passing in 1957, with a 63 percent completion average, and paced the 49ers to a Western Division title tie. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1961 and 1963, when he led the New York Giants to three Conference Championships.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Plaque location: Candlestick Park
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