1999

Ronnie Lott
Ronnie Lott
Heralded as an All-American at USC, Ronnie Lott proved his worth immediately as a 49er rookie in 1981. His statistics are not as numerous only because they do not catalogue the ferocity of his hundreds, maybe thousands, of tackles. He was at the forefront of the 49er resurgence in the '80s, noted as one of the most intelligent, most courageous cornerbacks-safeties in the NFL. He was seven times All-Pro and selected nine times to the Pro Bowl.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Plaque location: Candlestick Park
Joe Montana
Joe Montana
Notre Dame alum Joe Montana is an all-time great quarterback who holds many 49er and NFL passing records. His career achievements include 2,929 completions for 35,142 yards (1979-1992), Super Bowl MVP in 1982, 1985, 1990, as well as NFL player of the year and Offensive Player in 1989. One of the many highlights of Montana's career, as well as for the football, is the famous winning throw to Dwight Clark, forever known as "The Catch."
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Plaque location: Candlestick Park
Tommie Smith
Tommie Smith
Tommie Smith entered San Jose State on a basketball scholarship but concentrated on track under Coach Bud Winter and became the only man, all time, to hold 11 simultaneous World and Olympic records: 200-meter dash, Olympic and World record, set in Mexico City in 1968, 19.83; 220-yard dash, 19.5; 400 meters, 44.5; 440-yard indoor, 46.2; 200-meter and 220- yard dash straightaway; 19.5; and five records as a member of relay teams.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Plaque location: San Jose State University
Gordy Soltau
Billie Wilson
All Big Ten at University of Minnesota in 1950, Gordy Soltau starred as a pass-catching end and kicker for the 49ers. In 1952 and 1953, he led the NFL in scoring. During his nine seasons as a 49er, he led the team in scoring with 644 points, 25 touchdowns, and 70 field goals. He was All-Pro in 1952, 1953, and 1954. His career include scoring 26 points in victory over the Rams in 1951, catching 10 passes for 190 yards against the Giants in 1952, and kicking four field goals against the Rams to win 33-30 in 1956.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Plaque location: TBD
Lou Spadia
Lou Spadia
Lou Spadia, a San Francisco native, devoted his life to athletics. He played baseball at Jackson playground in the Potrero District and Mission High. Following Navy duty in WWII, he went to the original Forty Niners in 1946 as office boy, and rose to its president by 1967. After the sale of the 49ers in 1977, he realized his dream of starting a community hall of fame and youth fund, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. By 1999, on the 20th anniversary under Lou’s presidency, BASHOF had provided much-needed athletic equipment to thousands of area kids and inducted 92 sports legends.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Plaque location: Mission High School
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