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HOF Nominees

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ADAMS, Hank (Marksmanship)
The 1935 National All-Around pistol and rifle champion, Hank for many years was one of the world's top marksman. He won many more national titles and countless city, county and state championships. He was also one of the world's finest skeet shooters.
AHLGREN, George (Crew)
The Point Loma High School graduate rowed number five on the University of California team that earned gold medals in the 1948 Olympic games in London. Ahlgren was later killed in an airplane accident in 1950.
ALLAS, Ferdie (Karate)
Allas is a Morse High and SDSU graduate that went on to many outstanding accomplishments in traditional Karate-Do. He became a member of the USA National Team and an international competitor in 1984. He is a 9-time USA Karate Federation National Champion and the 1991 Hayashi-Ha International World Cup Champion. In 1995 he was the first person in USA Karate history to hold national titles in two separate disciplines (Kata & Kumite). He became Captain of Team USA for the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He is the only member of the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame from San Diego, elected in 1989.
ALLEN, Damon (Football)
The Canadian Football League MVP from Lincoln High owns many CFL season and career records for quarterbacks. In 20 CFL seasons, he has led his teams to four Grey Cup titles and been named the Grey Cup MVP twice. His fourth title and second MVP came in the 2004 season when he led the Toronto Argonauts to the championship. The younger brother of Breitbard Hall-of-Famer Marcus Allen, Damon was a football-baseball star at both Lincoln and Cal State Fullerton. The Detroit Tigers drafted him in 1984, his senior year of college, but he chose to pursue a pro football career in the CFL. In college, he led the Titans to two PCAA football titles en route to setting seven school records. He broke a 26-year-old NCAA record with only three interceptions in more than 300 attempts. In baseball, Allen was a pitcher on CSF’s 1984 NCAA championship team. In high school, Allen led Lincoln to back-to-back CIF football titles in 1979-80 as well playing for one of the last Hornets’ baseball teams to earn Top 10 rankings in the county.
ALLEN, Eric (Football)
Allen was as six-time Pro Bowl cornerback in his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Rainders and New Orleans Saints. Allen was earned All-Pac-10 honors at Arizona State and was drafted in 1988 in the second round as the 30th pick overall. He was a starter as a rookie and made his first Pro Bowl in his second season in 1989. Allen is tied for third with Marcus Allen and La'Roi Glover for most Pro Bowls by a San Diego high school product. Only John Lynch (eight) and Junior Seau (12) have more appearances. Allen was an All-CIF running back and defensive back at Point Loma High who led the Pointers to a CIF San Diego Section 2A co-championship in 1982.
ALLEN, Mark (Triathlon)
Allen was an All-America swimmer at UCSD and then wen to to become one of the top triathlon competitors in history. By 1989 he had captured the Nice Triathlon five times. He won the first World Triathlon championship and ten international championships. Allen won five-straight Ironman competitions beginning in 1989. He took a year off in 1994 and then came back to win his record-tying sixth Ironman in 1995 at age 37.
ANDRES, Brad (Motor Cycle Racing)
Attended Point Loma High School and SDSU. He is listed as one of the American Motorcycle Association's all-time great riders for both physical endurance and durability at high speeds. Brad began riding at 13 in short track events. AMA National titles were: 1955-speedway 100 miles; road racing 75, 100, 125 and 200 miles; 1956-road 100, 45-cubic inch; 1958-road 100; 1959-road 100, 200; 1960-road 150, 200. He won the national 100 mile championship four times, setting a record in 1959; the 150 mile national championship in 1958, '59 & '60 and the Daytona 200 three times.
ANDREWS, Rupe (Football, Track & Field, Tennis and Volleyball)
The La Jolla High & Stanford grad was a La Jolla Junior Tennis champion for two years as a young man. He led the La Jolla High Vikings to the Metro League championship. He was an All-Metro halfbck. In 1948 he was a member of the fastest mile relay team in the nation at Stanford. In 1954 he was a volleyball All-American with the National Champion Stockton YMCA team and was an All-Pro wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was also CFL Rookie of the Year in 1954. In 1955 he was an All Western Conference safety with the Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos.
BAIR, Ranae (Track & Field)
Bair, a graduate of Mission Bay High School, competed in the javelin throw. She took second place at the 1967 Pan American Games. She competed twice in the Olympics, 1964 and 1968, but did not place. She was a four-time national champion from 1964-1967 and was the national record holder at 196' 3" during that period. She was the California Field Athlete of the Year in 1964 and 1967 and also made the All-American Track & Field team in those years. As a volleyball, basketball, track and badminton coach at Madison High School she has led her teams to many league championships.
BICKERSTAFF, Bernie (Basketball)
Ten-year player, assistant coach and head coach at the University of San Diego. Bickerstaff played for the Toreros from 1964-1966. He was team captain and MVP his senior season. As a head coach with USD (1969-1973) he had a .529 winning percentage. From San Diego he went on to have more than twenty years in management at the NBA level.
BRASSEY, Laurel (Volleyball)
Brassey joined the U.S. National Volleyball team straight out of Crawford High School in 1972. She played on SDSU women's varsity until the break from international competition became too much for her coach. She played for the SDSU men's team in 1974. Laurel played for the U.S. National team from 1975-1980, but missed the Olympics when the U.S. boycotted the '80 Games. In 1981 she went back to SDSU and made the six player All-American team. After college she went on to coach in Italy and at universities in the states until 1987 when she again played for the U.S. Nationals and played in the 1988 Olympics.
BRUMFIELD, Charlie (Racquetball)
The Oceanside native became a legend in his sport during the heyday of racquetball in the 1970s. Brumfield won six national championships during his reign as king of the game.
BYRD, Gill (Football)
Gill Byrd supplied leadership on the field, as evidenced by his selection as Chargers Most Inspirational Player for six consecutive years (1988-1993). The two-time All-NFL selection and two-time Pro Bowler holds team records for career interceptions (42) and career interception yardage (546). From 1988-1992, his 32 interceptions were the most in the NFL. Byrd had nine interceptions against future Hall of Famer John Elway alone. His 99-yard return at Kansas City in 1984 ranks among the team's all-time longest plays. He played for the Chargers from 1983 until his retirement following the 1992 season.
CAGE, Michael (Basketball)
Cage, formerly of San Diego State, holds the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in NBA history with 736 games. At the end of his college career Cage led the Aztecs in career points (1,846), rebounds (1,317), field goals and free throws. He also had 112 consecutive starts for the Aztecs. After SDSU, Cage was selected to playing the 1984 Pan-American Games. While in the NBA Cage averaged 7.8 ppg and had 8,257 rebounds.
CAMINITI, Ken (Baseball)
After Ken Caminiti’s four years with the Padres, the slick fielding, hard-hitting third baseman was on the Padres All-Time list in several categories. He is third in batting average at .295, fourth in home runs with 121, sixth in RBI with 396, 7th in doubles with 127 and walks with 298. He led the Padres to two National League West titles and into the 1998 World Series. He was named National League MVP following the 1996 season where he hit .326 with 37 doubles, two triples, franchise record 40 home runs and 130 RBI. He represented San Diego in two All-Star games (1996, 97) and hit a home run in 1996 in Philadelphia. Caminiti earned Gold Glove Awards in 1995, 96 and 97.
CAMPBELL, Milt (Track & Field)
Campbell made the 1952 Olympic track & field team in the Decathlon when he defeated 1948 bronze-medallist Floyd Simmons in the Olympic Trials. Campbell, only 18 and still in high school at the time, finished second to the legendary Bob Mathias at Helsinki. During his college days at the University of Indiana, Campbell finished the high hurdles in a then-world record on 13.4 seconds in 1957. He finished first at the A.A.U. championships in 1953. He won the Decathlon in the 1956 Olympics (7937 points), competing against Rafer Johnson. In addition to track & field, Campbell was an all-state running back and all-America swimmer in high school.
CANNING-TODD, Patricia (Tennis)
At one time she was the fourth ranked woman tennis player in the world. She won the French singles and the Wimbledon doubles in 1947. Played on seven Wightman Cup teams from 1938-1951. Won National Indoor singles in 1942 and 1948. Winner of many International singles titles including Argentina, Belgium, Ireland, the first Asian championship, India and Egypt. She was a five-time Wimbledon singles semi-finalist, three-time runner-up in doubles. She turned pro in 1969 and later was a tennis pro at La Costa.
CARTON, Cheryl (Badminton)
The Kearny High School graduate won the National Open Championships in the Open Women's Singles division in 1980 and was a runner-up in doubles. She won both singles and doubles at the California State Games the same year. She was the National Open Women's Singles champion in 1978, 1980 and 1982 and played on the U.S. Women's National team for many years. Carton won the 1979-80 season of the California Grande Prix Circuit of Tournaments.
CHAMBLISS, Chris (Baseball)
Chambliss, a graduate of Oceanside High School, had a major league career that lasted from 1971-1988 with the Indians, Yankees and Braves. Chambliss was the 1971 American League Rookie of the Year in the American League and won the Gold Glove in 1978. He played in 2,173 games, averaging .279 with 185 home runs, 972 RBI. After his career he was a two-time Manager of the Year in the minor leagues and has been batting coach for the Cardinals and Yankees. His greatest moment of glory came when he hit a home run in the ninth inning of the fifth and deciding game of the 1976 American league championship series versus Kansas City.
CHANG, Michael (Tennis)
Chang is best remembered for becoming the youngest-ever male winner of a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17. Utilizing tremendous speed and strong determination, Chang was one of the best counterpunchers of all time and remained in the Top 10 in the ATP world rankings for several years in the 1990s, peaking at World No. 2. He won 34 career titles and was a finalist at the 1996 Australian Open and 1996 U.S. Open. Chang, while growing up in San Diego's North County, won numerous junior titles. He won his first national title, the USTA Junior Hard Court singles, at the age of 12. In 1987, aged 15, Chang won the USTA Boys 18s Hardcourts and the Boys 18s Nationals, and became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when he defeated Paul McNamee in four sets in the first round. les title in 1988 at San Francisco, aged 16 years and 7 months. As an eighth-grader playing for San Dieguito High, he won the CIF San Diego Section individual title.
CHASE, Ben (Football)
Captain of the 1944 Naval Academy football team, was picked on the Associated Press and Look Magazine All-America teams as a guard. Ben, a graduate of Hoover High School, played tackle and kicked, passed and ran from punt formation for the Cardinals before enrolling in the Academy.
CHIN, Tiffany (Ice Skating)
Chin, who grew up in San Diego, dominated the junior circuit in ice-skating prior to her Olympic career. Chin made the U.S. Winter Olympic team in 1984 where she finished fourth at Sarajevo. The next year she won the national championship and finished third in the world championships. Chin was third in the national championships in 1986 and third in the world championships. She had to end her competitive career prematurely, however, due to a muscle imbalance affecting her legs, arms and hips.
COLBERT, Nate (Baseball)
Colbert, an original Padre, came to San Diego via Houston and the expansion draft. Colbert twice hit 38 home runs in a season (a team record until Ken Caminiti hit 40 in 1996) and was the first Padre too drive in 100 runs. In 1972 he put on an awesome display of power by hitting five home runs in a doubleheader, which tied Cardinal great, Stan Musial. He also had 13 RBI and 22 total bases that day, both major league records. In 1972 he drove in the highest percentage of his team's runs in major league history. In his six years with San Diego, Colbert had 164 home runs and over 390 RBI.
COOK, Les (Baseball)
Devoted 56 years of his life to professional baseball, primarily the Pacific Coast League, first as an outstanding catcher and then as one of the most highly regarded and popular trainers in the game. His skills in tending physical problems of athletes became so well known that prominent major leaguers often came to him with their physical ailments rather than accept professional services made available by their own ball clubs. "Cookie," as he was known, spent 33 years with the San Diego Padres.
COOK, Roscoe (Track & Field)
Cook, a San Diego High grad, led the Cavemen to a SCIF track & field championship in his senior year when he unofficially tied Jesse Owens' national high school record with a 9.4 100-yard dash and 21 flat 200. While at the University of Oregon he became an All-American sprinter. He won the Pacific Coast Conference sprints and lowered his times to 9.3 for the 100 and 20.6 for the 220. He also equaled the world record of six-seconds flat in the 60-yard dash at the Portland Invitational indoor track meet in 1961.
COSCARART, Pete (Baseball)
A product of Escondido High School, Pete played major league baseball for nine seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1938-41), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1942-46). Although primarily a second baseman, he was also used at shortstop, third base and occasionally in the outfield. A good fielder with a fine arm, he had a career .243 batting average and played in one World Series.
CROW, Kevin (Soccer)
Crow, a San Diego State grad and member of the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams, played for the Sockers during their indoor soccer dynasty. Crow was selected to the All-Star game seven times in his first seven years in the league. He was named Major Soccer League Defender of the Year four times.
DAVIS, Jack (Track & Field)
Davis, who was stationed in San Diego while with the Navy, twice participated in the 110-meter high hurdles in the Olympics, in 1952 and 1956. Both times he took home a silver medal. Davis was a successful sprinter for the Navy, holding the world record in the 110 high hurdles with a 13.4-second time, which he set at the National A.A.U. championships in Bakersfield in 1956.
DAVIS, Mark (Baseball)
Davis pitched 2 1/2 years for the Padres. In 1989 he won the National League Cy Young Award after posting a 4-3 record, a 1.85 ERA and leading the league with 44 saves.
DEACON, Bud (Pole Vaulting)
Graduate of San Diego High School and Stanford. Tied Bill Miller for the 1933 1C4A pole vault title at 13' 6". He later cleared 14' 2 5/8", his career-best in the Southern Pacific A.A.U. meet in San Diego after graduation from Stanford. Led Stanford to the national title in 1934 with a 14' vault to edge out USC for the title.
DEAN, Fred (Football)
Dean was a four-time Pro Bowler who one of the game's best pass rushers when he played defensive end for the Chargers from 1975 until he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers during the 1981 season in a contract disupte with then-owner Gene Klein. Dean played for the 49ers until 1985 and helped San Francisco win two Super Bowl titles in the 1981 and 1984 seasons. He was Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist in 2007.
DE VARONA, Dave (Crew, Football)
Point Loma High School graduate, lettered three years in football at the University of California as a tackle and played on the 1937 Golden Bear team, which defeated Alabama, 13-0 in the 1938 Rose Bowl Game. Dave also rowed on the 1939 California crew, which won the Poughkeepsie Regatta, setting a four-mile course record of 18:12.6.
DOYLE-DATTAN, Jeanne (Tennis)
The Point Loma High School grad was one of the first nationally ranked San Diego tennis players. She and Margaret Varner won the 1944 and 1945 National Girls Doubles Championships. She was the San Diego Tribune-Sun Athlete of the Year in 1944. She played at Wimbledon in 1951 and was ranked #16 in the world. She won three national championships in 1952. At the University of Arizona she won the Women's Athletic Association singles championship twice, the Southwestern Championship in mixed doubles, the Arizona State Championship in singles, doubles and mixed doubles and the Intercollegiate Championships in singles and doubles. She began coaching in 1951 and has won more than 50 national doubles titles as a senior.
DUICH, Jake (Football)
The second little All-American produced at San Diego State where he played center in 1935, '37 and '38. Played on Aztecs 1937 Southern California Conference championship team and was selected to the 1938 little All-American team. A Knee injury cut short his career with the Detroit Tigers.
DUNCAN, Speedy (Football)
Speedy Duncan starred as a defensive back and punt returner for the Chargers of the American Football League. Duncan still ranks among team leaders in many defensive and special teams categories, including longest interception return (100 yards), career punt return yards (1,651), longest punt return (95 yards), season punt return average (15.5 yards) and others. In all, his name ranks in the top three in 17 team records.
DURST, Cedric (Baseball)
Durst came to San Diego with the Padres in 1936 and remained until his death in 1971. He played for the St. Louis Browns from 1922-23, 26; New York Yankees from 1926-30 and Boston Red Sox in 1930. He won two World Series with the Yankees. He finished his career in the Pacific Coast League managing the Padres, St. Paul, Rochester, Omaha and Grand Forks.
ECHOLS, Lee (Marksmanship)
Echols, who lived in San Diego intermittently since the 1930s, broke four individual world records and in 1941 captured the national pistol title with the .45 automatic.
EDMONDS, Ward (Pole Vaulting)
A native of Chula Vista, Edmonds won three national collegiate pole vault championships while representing Stanford University; the NCAA titles in 1928-29 and in 1929 also won the ICAA title with a 13-foot, nine-inch vault. He died unexpectedly while attending Stanford.
ELMS, Earl (Sailing)
Moved to San Diego from the state of Washington, saw some people sailing boats and joined the action because it looked like pretty good fun. Since that time. he has won almost every yachting title he has sailed after. The list of his many titles started in 1955-56-57 when he won three U.S. Sabot Class titles. In 1963 he won the World Penguin Class title. In 1967-68-69-70 he won five National Snipe Class titles and in 1969 and 1971 he won the World Snipe Class titles. In 1967 he placed second in the World Snipe event. Elms has been honored as the "Yachtsman of the Year" by the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs in 1968-70.
FORSTER, Terry (Baseball)
Forster, a pitcher out of Santana High School, had a 16-year major league career. His overall record was 54-65 with 127 saves and a 3.23 ERA. He was the American League Fireman of the Year in 1974 and had a lifetime batting average of .396. Referred to by David Letterman as the Atlanta Braves "big tub of goo."
GARVEY, Steve (Baseball)
After 13 years with the Dodgers, Garvey finished his career with the Padres. He batted in the .280s for his time in San Diego with roughly 100 home runs. Garvey hit what was arguably the most important home run in Padres history. In the 1984 National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs, Garvey homered in game 4 of the series and launched the team into game five and eventually the World Series.
GLOVER, Broc (Motorcycle Racing)
This Valhalla High School grad retired from his sport in third place on the American Motorcycle Association's list of career event winners. He is the only event rider to win national championships in six different years, winning the 125 cc Nationals in 1977, '78 and '79 and the 500 cc Nationals in 1981, '83 and '85. He also won the Trans-USA title in 1981. He won two U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross at Carlsbad Raceway, four Super Bowl of Motocross and two of the first three Super crosses at Jack Murphy Stadium. Glover also raced in Europe, winning the Belgium Grand Prix in 1989.
GUNN, James (Football)
Gunn was a linebacker out of Lincoln High School who earned All-America honors while at USC. He played from 1970-76 in the National Football League with the Bears, Giants and Buccaneers, logging two interceptions for 10 yards.
HAINES, Robbie (Sailing)
Haines, a Coronado native, was the skipper of the 1984 Olympic gold medal-winning Soling. He served Dennis Conner as skipper for Stars & Stripes' successful 1987 America's Cup challenge. Served as tactician on the record-breaking boats in two San Diego-Manzanillo races. He won the 1979 & 1983 Soling National & World Championships. Haines also won the 1980 U.S. Olympic trials, but the U.S. boycotted the games.
HEMUS, Solly (Baseball)
Had 11 years as an active player in the majors, holding down second base, third base and shortstop for St. Louis and Philadelphia. He had a lifetime average of .273 and was well known as an aggressive player, both in the field and at the plate. After hanging up his glove he spent nearly three years as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
HOGAN, Marty (Racquetball)
Marty Hogan, who was once proclaimed as the "Bjorn Borg of Racquetball," won five consecutive National Racquetball Championships (1978-82). Hogan, a winner of over 100 professional tournaments, won his first professional title at age thirteen. With a forehand shot that was clocked at 142 mph, the fiery, aggressive Hogan was named the 1980 Male Racquetball Player of the Year by Racquetball Illustrated Magazine and has been a three-time Hall of Champions Professional Star of the Month (4/79, 6/81, 6/82).
HORN, Don (Football)
Don Horn was the first SDSU quarterback to gain national recognition when he was selected little all-America in 1966 after leading the team to the College Division National Championship. He was the first round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers and played eight years in the NFL, including the Packers Super Bowl champion years. He played 62 games in the NFL, completing 49.9% of his passes for 3,369 yards and 20 touchdowns.
HOYLE-TOMSOVIC, Connie (Marksmanship)
Between 1967 and 1983 Connie won 10 gold medals in national trapshooting competition. Included in her victories were helping her team to set a world record at the 43rd World Shooting Championships in Caracas, Venezuela; victory at the U.S. Trap & Skeet Championships, August 1982, setting another world record; and the World Trap & Skeet championships.
HUNT, Thom (Track/cross country/road racing/marathons)
The Patrick Henry High alumnus, now a teacher and coach at his alma mater, was a seven-time NCAA All-American pick in cross country and track at Arizona, a marathon champion and American record holder in the 10K on the road (28 minutes, 12 seconds in 1981) and the high school indoor mile. His indoor mile record of 4:02.7 was set in 1976 at the San Diego Sports Arena and stood for 25 years before Alan Webb became only the fourth American high school miler to break the four-minute barrier. As a marathoner, Hunt won the 1986 Holiday Bowl Heart of San Diego Marathon with a time of 2:12.26. In 1977 as an Arizona freshman, he won the IAAF Junior International Cross Country championship in Dusseldorf, Germany. Hunt’s CIF San Diego Section record in the 3,200 meters (8:41.8) has stood for 29 years since his senior season in 1976.
JENNINGS, Gordon (Hydro-Plane Racing)
This native San Diegan first gained national attention when he held world-class speed records in the SK and K Racing Runabout classes. In the fall of 1972 he set three world-class marks with the K Racing Runabout Liberty and two closed-course marks with the SK Sweet Caroline. He was the 1972 national high points champ in Liberty. His life was cut short when he was killed in a 1974 boat crash.
JOHNSON, Rick (Motorcycle Racing)
Johnson, an El Cajon native, has won seven national motocross Championships, two Camel Supercross Championships and a then-record 28 series victories. During his time on the motocross circuit Johnson was known as the top rider on the tour.
JONES, Cleveland (Football)
Cleveland Jones played baseball and football for San Diego High School in the 1950s. He was the 1956 City League Player of the Year and S.C.I.F. honorable Mention. He was then All-Conference at San Diego City College in 1957 and 1958. Jones played for the University of Oregon in 1959 and 1960, playing on both offense and defense. He played in the 1960 Liberty Bowl vs. Penn State and the Copper Bowl All-Star Game. Jones played two years in the Continental League and in 1963 and 1964 for U.S.M.C.
JORGENSEN, Dan (Swimming)
Information Incomplete - Jorgensen, out of Rancho Penasquitos, won a number of swimming championships. He won the 1500 meter freestyle at the U.S. Long Course Championship in 1987, the 1650 freestyle at the 1988 NCAA Championships, the 400 and 800 freestyles at the 1989 U.S. Long Course Championships, the 800 freestyle at the 1990 U.S. Long Course Championships and the 400 meters at the 1992 Olympic trials.
JOYNER, Wally (Baseball)
Joyner’s smooth style and consistent play entertained Padres fans for four years. The slick-fielding first baseman hit .291 with 102 doubles, six triples, 38 home runs and 271 RBI during his San Diego tenure. Always a gentleman and loved by fans, Joyner returned to the Padres organization following his 2001 retirement as a roving hitting instructor.
KENNEDY, Lincoln (Football)
Kennedy, a Morse High product, was first team All-American while at Washington. Was a member of the 12-0 national championship Husky team in 1991. Selected in the first round (9th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 1993. In 11 pro seasons he played in 169 NFL games, starting 141 of them. Three time pro-bowl selection. Had six career fumble recoveries.
KESHKA, Sandra (Swimming)
Keshka, a graduate of San Diego State, swam the 21-mile English Channel in 10 hours, 30 minutes. She also won the women's division of the 1974 La Jolla Rough Water Swim.
KOJIS, Don (Basketball)
The San Diego Rockets in the NBA expansion draft acquired Don Kojis on May 1, 1967 from the Chicago Bulls. In three years with San Diego, the 6’-6” forward found a home in San Diego. While wearing a San Diego uniform Kojis scored 4, 037 points in 206 games averaging 19.6 PPG and shot .441 % from the field. He represented San Diego in two NBA All-Star Games (1968, 69) where he averaged 13 minutes a game and six points per game. Kojis resides in Julian as the Director of Whispering Winds Christian Conference Center.
LACROIX, Andre (Hockey)
The San Diego Mariners of the World Hockey Association came to San Diego in April of 1974. 1974-75 was an incredible season for the Mariners center Andre LaCroix. LaCroix set an all-time Major League Hockey scoring record of 147 pts (41 goals, 106 assists) and set a record of 32 consecutive games scoring a point. He led the Mariners to the fourth best record in the league and reached the semi-finals of the playoffs. LaCroix was a two-time All-Star and never missed a league game (338) as a Mariners. Following the 1976-77 season the WHA merged with the NHL, San Diego was not one of the four teams to join the NHL. LaCroix was a four-time Star of the Month (12/74, 1/75, 2/76, 2/77).
LADD, Ernie (Football)
The Big Cat was a defensive force in the old American Football League for the Chargers, Oilers and Chiefs. At 6'9" he played opposite Earl Faison on the top defensive line in the league. He helped push the Chargers to the AFL Championship in 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
LARSEN, Bob (Track and field coach)
Larsen, a Hoover High alumnus, is one of the most accomplished coaches in American track and field history. His coaching career spans from Monte Vista High to Grossmont College to UCLA to the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. In the Athens Games, two of his marathoners claimed medals, with San Diego’s Mebrahtom Keflizighi taking a silver medal in the men’s marathon and Deena Kastor a bronze in the women’s marathon. Keflizighi was the first American male to earn an Olympic marathon medal in 28 years. In his time as UCLA’s men’s head coach, the Bruins won two NCAA team titles. He retired after 21 seasons after the 2000 season. Larsen’s cross country teams at Monte Vista won CIF four straight San Diego Section titles before he moved on to Grossmont College, and his teams won state junior college titles seven times in 11 seasons. He also formed an amateur running club, the Jamul Toads, which won the1976 AAU national cross country title.
LEVINGSTON, Cliff (Basketball)
Levingston, from Morse High, played in the NBA from 1982-83 through the 1994-95 season (with a brief stint in the European Leagues). He retired with 5,888 points (7.1/game) and a .516 shooting percentage. He shot .676 from the line and .152 from three-point range.
LOVEDAY, Carl (Multi-Sport)
Carl Loveday, a San Diego high grad, was a top ranked Badminton player but had the misfortune of playing at the same time as Dave Freeman, losing to him six times at the U.S. Nationals between 1940 and 1954 (3 times in finals, 3 times in semi-finals). Loveday played or coached on 3 U.S. Thomas Cup teams. After taking up racquetball in the late 60's, Loveday won his first National Doubles title in 1970. He would go on to win a total of 13 titles in Singles and Doubles by 1987. Loveday would win the Senior Olympics Racquetball Singles and Doubles titles in 1989, 90, 91.
LOWE, Paul (Football)
In the first preseason game of the Chargers first season, Paul Lowe took the opening kickoff 105 yds for a TD, Lowe would go on to play nine seasons for the Chargers. Lowe is the Chargers All-Time rushing leader (1,014 - 4,963, 4.9 avg., 39 TD), 7th All-Time in scoring (276 pts), and 10th All-Time in kickoff returns yards(58 - 1,294). Lowe led the AFL in rushing in 1965 with a then record of 1,121 yds, and was named as the AFL Player of the Year. In Lowe's career he rushed for 100 or more yards 16 times, led the team in rushing 5 times, twice eclipsing 1,000 yards. He still holds the Chargers team record for longest run from scrimmage, a 87 yard TD run. Lowe was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1979.
MACEK, Don (Football)
Although Don Macek was not recognized with many awards as a 14-year center for the Chargers, he was regarded for his class and dignity. Macek anchored the offensive line on what many consider the most prolific offense in NFL history. Macek is 3rd on Chargers most seasons played list (14), 5th in most games played (160). He was considered the best center to never play in a Pro Bowl, however he was an alternate in 1982.
MacMILLAN, Shannon (Soccer)
Shannon MacMillan, a San Pasqual High alumnus, is a World Cup and Olympic champion in women's soccer as a member of the U.S. team that won the World Cup in 1999 and the U.S. teams that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 2000 Olympic silver medal. She played for the U.S. national team from 1994 through the 2003 World Cup. In Olympic competition, she scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Olympic semifinal against Norway in 1996, and also scored the first goal in the Olympic final against China. She finished from her international career with 60 goals and with 175 caps, the 10th most of any woman in history at the time she retired. She was U.S. Soccer's National Female Athlete of the Year in 2002; the National College Player of the Year at the University of Portland in 1995, when she won the Hermann Trophy that is women soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy; and the CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year in 1990. MacMillan was one of the founding players of the Women's United Soccer Association as a player for the San Diego Spirit.
MALONE, Mark (Football)
Mark Malone, an El Cajon Valley grad, was the nations most recruited quarterback and the San Diego Union's Prep Star of the Year in 1975. He was a three-year starter at Arizona State University (255 - 520, 49%, 3,388 yds, 23 TD passing, 302-1,344 21 TD rushing). Malone was named the 1980 Senior Bowl MVP and was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 28th pick in the 1980 NFL draft. He played eight seasons with the Steelers becoming the fourth ranked quarterback in franchise history with 8,582 yds. He was traded on 4-12-88 to the Chargers for his final complete NFL season, he would play one game in 1989 with the New York Jets. For his career Malone passed for 10,175 yards (839-1,648) with 60 TD's, rushing he was 159-628 (3.9 avg.) and 18 TD's. Malone had one career reception for a 90 yd TD, a Steelers team record.
MARLOW, Chris (Volleyball)
Chris Marlow first showed up on San Diego's sports scene in the early 70's as a starter on the SDSU Aztecs basketball team. He would soon pursue a second sport in volleyball where he would be the starting setter on the Aztecs 1973 NCAA Championship team. Marlow would make the US National team in 1976, but that team would fail to qualify for the Olympics. The US boycott of the 1980 Olympics left Marlow looking towards an acting career. He would try one more time for the 1984 team. The last man cut, but an injury would put him back on the team. His teammates named him captain and Marlow would lead the team to the Olympic Gold Medal in 1984 (the first Olympic medal in volleyball by the US). In 1986 Marlow was inducted into the U.S. Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in Wichita, KS.
MAY, George (Hydro-Plane Racing)
May captured four national championships (1963, 64, 65 & 73) in the F Racing Runabout outboard class. He won the Colorado River Marathon in 1958 and set a world speed record in 1964.
MC ELMURY, Audrey (Cycling)
McElmury, a cyclist from La Jolla, was the first American woman to win a world cycling championship when she did it in August, 1969. At that point she was the first American to win a gold medal at the worlds since 1912. She also set a national record in the 3,000 meters in 1968.
MC GRATH, Jeremy (Motorcycle Racing)
Considered the greatest Supercross rider in history, McGrath is a seven-time American Motorcyclist Association Supercross Champion. He also won the 1995 250cc-motocross title. He holds the career record for Supercross wins with 72 and combined Supercross and Motocross wins with 89. He won four straight Supercross titles from 1993-96, placed second in 1997, and then won three straight titles from 1998-2000. A series of injuries forced his retirement in 2001 having extended his career four years beyond the average Supercross rider.
MITCHELL, Dick (Multi-Sport)
Mitchell, a Hoover High and SDSU grad, was a multi-decade, multi-sport star. At his graduation he was the third highest scorer in Aztec basketball history. He had also made three trips to Kansas City to play in the national tournament. He played badminton at SDSU and after graduation represented the U.S. in international competition, playing on the Thomas Cup team on two occasions. He made the all-conference baseball team in 1942 and was a three-year letterman in baseball. He was voted the Associated Men's Student's Outstanding All-Around Athlete Award in 1942 at SDSU and was chosen as the first baseman on the 1947 National Softball Congress All-Star team. Mitchell was inducted into the Citizen's Savings Athletic Foundation Badminton Hall of Fame in 1974.
MURPHY, Calvin (Basketball)
As a rookie for the San Diego Rockets, in their second NBA season, Calvin Murphy at 5'-9" claimed that kids enjoyed talking to him. Murphy began a hall of fame career in the 1969/70 season and played until the 1982/83 season. In between he played on several All-Star teams, connected on a then NBA record 78 consecutive free throws and amassed 17,949 points, then good for 17th on the all-time list. Red Auerbach once said about Murphy, a career 17.9 ppg performer, "the greatest high school player I ever saw." Murphy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
NATER, Swen (Basketball)
Swen Nater helped John Wooden's UCLA Bruins win two NCAA titles. When the Clippers made their San Diego debut, Nater became a local favorite. He played professional basketball from 1973-74 through 1982-83,. He was the ABA Rookie of the Year in 1974 and led the ABA in rebounding in 1975. Finished his career with 5,632 points (13.4/game) 5,033 rebounds and a .540 shooting percentage. He currently coaches at Christian Heritage College.
NEWELL, Pete(Basketball)
He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Newell was the general manager of the San Diego Rockets as an NBA expansion team from the 1968-69 season to the 1970-71 season. The Rockets emerged as an NBA playoff team with NBA All-Stars Elvin Hayes and Don Kojis. Newell has made San Diego his home since working for the Rockets, although he later served as general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Newell won the 1949 NIT title at the University of San Francisco, the 1959 NCAA title at Cal and coached the 1960 Olympic team to a gold medal. His 1960 Cal team returned made a second straight trip to the NCAA final but finished as the runner-up.
O'REE, Willie (Hockey)
O'Ree had a professional hockey career that spanned 21 years and was the first black player in the National Hockey League. Known as one of the fastest skaters of his time, O'Ree played 43 games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins. O'Ree came to San Diego 1967 and played here until 1974. He averaged 50 points-per-year during his time in San Diego and was always a fan-favorite. O'Ree put together his fine list of accomplishments despite the use of only one eye after being blinded by a slapshot in junior hockey.
PERRY, Gaylord (Baseball)
Gaylord Perry pitched two of his 22 major league seasons in San Diego. In his first year with the Pads, 1978, Perry had a 21-6 record with a 2.72 ERA and won the National League Cy Young Award. The next year he was 21-11 and a 3.05 ERA. Perry pitched another four years after the Padres, totaling 314 wins, 265 losses and a 3.10 ERA. He was just the third pitcher ever to reach the 3,000 strikeout mark.
POOLE, Jim (Badminton)
The SDSU grad was a three-time letter winner in basketball and baseball. He won the U.S. National men's singles badminton titles in 1958 and 1961. He won eight national doubles titles and two mixed doubles championships. Was a member of the U.S. Thomas Cup teams in 1964-67 and in 1970. He has won countless U.S. seniors titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. He played on the U.S. baseball team at the 1960 Pan American games. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1970.
QUINN, Brian (Soccer)
Quinn, a nine-year midfielder with the Sockers, racked up 335 points in 303 regular-season games. He was the team MVP four times. Quinn was an All-Star for eight seasons in the MSL and was named Championship Series MVP in 1986 and 1990. He became a member of the U.S. National team in 1991 and finished a four-year U.S. Soccer career with 48 caps (full international appearances) and one goal. After his playing career concluded, Quinn coached the Sockers for two years and currently coaches the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer.
REDONDO, Marita (Tennis)
In a short career, was officially named number five for 1976 and number six in 1978 in women's singles in the U.S. She won the National Girls 16's in 1972 and doubles in 1971 with Ann Kiyomura.
RILEY, Steve (Football)
The Castle Park High School grad was a starter on USC's undefeated 1972 team. He was an all-America tackle on USC's 1973 Conference champion team. He then had a 10-year career as an offensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings, playing in 138 games.
RITCHEY, Johnny (Baseball)
Ritchey grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego High School. He played one year with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League and led the league in batting with a .378 average. The next year he signed with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, and became the first black player in PCL history. His minor league career lasted from 1948-1956 and was mostly spent in the PCL. Ritchey was a rugged catcher who was adept at the plate. In 1948 he batted .323. He led the Western International League in batting with a .346 average with Vancouver in 1952. He then batted .291 in 1953, .272 in 1954 and .285 in 1955 before ending his career batting .185 in 19 games with Syracuse of the International League.
ROBERTS, C.R. (Football)
The Oceanside High running back was one of the top prep football players in San Diego history. He scored 65 touchdowns at Oceanside from 1951-53 and was known as a devastating, punishing runner. Selected Southern California small-school Player of the Year in both '52 and '53. Averaged 209 yards per game rushing in high school. Roberts went to USC for his college days and in 1956 led the Trojans in rushing with 775 yards in ten games (5.5 yds./carry). He rushed for 251 yards on just 12 carries against the Texas Longhorns, a USC single game record that stood for 20 years. Roberts then played two years for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and four years with the San Francisco 49ers. He averaged 4.1 yds./carry with the 49ers and scored four career touchdowns.
ROBINSON, Floyd (Baseball)
Robinson signed with the San Diego Padres out of San Diego High School in 1954. He went to the major leagues in 1960 after playing on the MCRD championship teams of 1958-59.. Robinson batted over .300 three times (career .283, 67 home runs, 426 RBI in 887 games) before a knee injury ended his career prematurely.
RODGERS, Phil (Golf)
Rodgers, a La Jolla High grad, enjoyed a successful 27 years career in the world of golf. Rodgers began his golfing career in 1957 when he was a quarter-finalist in the U.S. Amateur Championships. In 1958 Rodgers won the NCAA Individual Championship while with the University of Houston. Rodgers turned pro in 1960 and joined the PGA Tour in 1961, his first victory came at the 1962 Los Angeles Open and followed a couple weeks later by winning the 1962 Tucson Open. In 1963 Rodgers won the Texas Open and finished the British Open in a tie with Bob Charles, however losing in a 36-hole playoff. Rodgers would win two times in 1966 (Doral and Buick Open's). Rodgers earned $482,771 on the PGA Tour and joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1988 retiring in 1993 with career total earnings of $909,099. Rodgers was named as Star of the Month three times (6/58, 1/62, 3/66).
SALUD, Jesus (Boxing)
Salud, a Rancho San Diego resident, fought 73 times during his professional career and retired with a 62-11 record and 37 knockouts. He won the WBA junior featherweight title in 1989 when he defeated Juan Jose Estrada. He also held several NABF titles. He was ranked as follows at the time of his retirement: IBO – 3; WBO – 4; WBC – 4; WBU – 4; IBC – 10; IBA – 13.
SCHROEDER, John (Golf)
Schroeder's top performance came when he won the 1973 U.S. Professional Match Play tournament. He also won the 1977 Columbia Invitational.
SCHROEDER, Ted (Tennis)
Ted Schroeder dominated Men's tennis for more than a decade. First by winning the 1939 U.S. National Junior title, then winning U.S. National (now called the U.S. Open) Men's Doubles titles in 1940, 41 and 47 and Mixed Doubles title in 1942. Schroeder won the Singles titles at the U.S. National (US Open) in 1942 and won at Wimbledon in 1948. He reached the #1 world ranking in 1942 and was ranked #2 from 1946-49. He was a two-time National Clay Court Champion in 1941 and 1947. He was an intrigue part of 5 U.S. Davis Cup teams (46-49, 51). Collegiately he was the 1942 NCAA Champion in singles and doubles.
SEGOTA, Branko (Soccer)
Only Ron Newman (10) has won titles with the San Diego Sockers than Midfielder Branko Segota (6), and he has been on the most championship teams as a player in indoor soccer history (9...3-NY, 6-SD). Segota's 6-year career with the Sockers (1984/85 -1990/91), 10-years overall, left him first in several offensive on the Sockers All-Time list (Goals 416, Assists 353, Points 769, Shots 1582). Segota was selected to 8 All-Star games 6 times as a Socker, and in 1989 scored the fastest goal in indoor All-Star game history (:25). In indoor All-Star game competition Segota is first in assists (8), second in goals (8) and second in points (16). In the playoffs, Segota scored 106 goals and 73 assists for 179 pts. Segota has been a Star of the Month eight times (2/85, 1/86, 4/86, 5/87, 1/88, 2/89, 11/89, 3/90).
SHAW, Dennis (Football)
Shaw quarterbacked San Diego State to an 11-0 season completing a brilliant 2-year career at State by passing for 5,324 yards, and completing 333 of 575 passes good for 59 touchdowns. During 1969 he set a new NCAA one season record completing 199 for 3,185 yards and 39 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and named 1970 Rookie of the Year in the NFL and named AP’s Offensive Player of the Week for passing Buffalo to a victory over the Jets. He was selected as Star of the Month twice – October, 1969 and January, 1970 and Star of the Year in 1969.
SHAW, Nate (Football)
During his career, this Lincoln High School graduate & USC defensive back played in the Rose Bowl and was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team, Newspaper Enterprise Association All-American Team, the 1966 Football News All-American Team, Football Writers Association 1966 All-American Team, U.P.I. All-American Football Team, UPI All-Coast Team and A.P All-Coast Team. During his 1962 season he completed 55% of his passes for 1,319 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaged 7 yards per carry rushing and intercepted 17 passes on defense. He was nominated as the Star of the Month in November of 1962 and 1966.
SHELL, Joe (Football)
A graduate of Hoover High, Shell played halfback for the 1935 Cardinal team and was the first to score a win over cross-town rival San Diego High. He was blocking back at USC and captain of the undefeated Rose Bowl team of 1939.
SHIELDS, Charles "Chubby" (Swimming)
Winner of the 880-yard free-style National A.A.U swimming championship in the summer of 1920. Chubby was the first winner of the historic 800-yard Silvergate Channel swim in 1920 across the entrance to San Diego Harbor. He established a record of seven minutes, 56 seconds, which stood for eight years. Also was the first winner of the La Jolla A.A.U. Rough Water swim in 1916 for 1 1/2 miles from Scripps Pier to La Jolla Cove. From 1915 to 1922 he was a California and Pacific Coast swimming champion in the 220, 440, 500 & 800 freestyle many different times over the seven-year period. Won many Southern California A.A.U. free-style swimming championships at Los Angeles and San Francisco. Chubby also won the big Los Angeles Examiner Rough-Water one-mile swim at Ocean Park in 1919 from a field of 100 swimmers - was second in the Golden Gate Channel swim in September 1919, promoted by the San Francisco Examiner across San Francisco Harbor entrance.
SMITH, Dave (Baseball)
Dave Smith, who graduated from Poway High School in 1973, pitched from 1980-1992 with the Astros and Cubs. He had a lifetime 53-53 record with a 2.67 ERA. His 216 saves rank him 21st on the all-time list. He was selected to play in the 1986 and 1990 All-Star games.
SMITH, Harry (Pole Vaulting)
Harry, the first of many national champion pole-vaulters from San Diego, set a new interscholastic high school record of 12' 11 7/8" to win the 1923 national title at Stagg Field in Chicago. In 19255 he won the national A.A.U. title with a vault of 12' 11 1/2". His best mark of 13' 9" was made in 1927.
SMITH, Karin (Track & Field)
A graduate of La Jolla High School and former Palomar College, UCLA attendee and Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo graduate, Karin Smith is a 5-time Olympic javelin thrower. She has been recognized as Star of the Month 6 times and before her retirement, won the Junior National Championships consecutively from 1971 to 1973, won the Senior National Championships in 1980, '81, '83, '84, '87, '90, and '91, and made the Olympic team in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992. In the 1980 Olympic Trials, Smith edged out two-time bronze medallist and American record-holder Kate Schmidt to capture the women's javelin title. Competing well into her 30's, Karin is best known for her throw at the USA/Mobil National Track and Field Championships in June of '81 where she threw for 206'3" to out distance her nearest rival be more that 12 feet.
SMITH, Marty (Motorcycle Racing)
This Point Loma High School graduate became the first rider in history to sweep both legs of the U.S. Grand Prix Motor cross in 1975. He was awarded a Star of the Month certificate in both June, 1975 and September, 1977 after his continued success. By the age of 20, Marty had 2 National wins in the 125cc class, 1 National win in the 250cc class, and 1 National title in the 500cc class. In 1974 the American Motor Association awarded Smith its first Number One Plate in the 125cc class. 8 years after retirement, in 1991, Smith was asked to join the Number 1 Kawasaki team for the Baja 1000.
SMITH, Ozzie (Baseball)
Considered one of the greatest fielding shortstops in the sport's history because of his consistency and his ability to make sensational plays. During his 19-year career, Smith earned 13 Gold Glove Awards and was named to 15 All-Star teams. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres, and in 1978, after only one minor league season, Smith became the Padres' starting shortstop. In 1980 he had 621 assists, setting a major league record for assists by a shortstop. Smith was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1981 season. During the next few years he remained the NL's leading fielding shortstop, and he also improved his hitting, which had been weak early in his career. In 1987 Smith had his best all-around season. He maintained his fielding excellence while also batting .303 and stealing 43 bases, helping lead the Cardinals to the NL championship. Smith remained a top player into the 1990s, consistently ranking among major league leaders in fielding categories such as assists and fielding percentage. He retired in 1996 with 2460 hits and 580 stolen bases.
STARKEY, Carlene (Badminton)
From La Mesa, Carlene Starkey was a member of the Uber Cup teams in 1963, '69, and '75; was the U.S. Ladies Doubles Champion in 1971 and '75; U.S. Mixed Doubles Champion and U.S. Devlin Cup team member in 1971. Carlene holds the following Mexico International Titles: Ladies Singles in 1973; Ladies Doubles in 1962, '66, '67, '71, '72, '73, and '74; Mixed Doubles in 1969, '71, '73, and '74, and Senior Doubles in 1972, '73, and '74. In her 26 year career she has won 17 national and international titles and been recognized as a Star of the Month twice.
STARKEY, Rod (Badminton)
From La Mesa, Rod Starkey was a member of the U.S. Thomas Cup team in 1969, undefeated in singles. He was seeded #1 in the U.S. Championships in 1969 and 1970. He won the Mexico International Doubles titles in 1967 and 1969 and was ranked #1 by the American Badminton Association's in 1970. He then emerged from a 6-year retirement to win the Senior International Olympic Championship, the U.S. Senior Men's Doubles Championship and the U.S. Senior Mixed Doubles Championships.
STEWART, Ivan (Motor Sports)
Ivan Stewart, from Alpine, has been off-road racing he has accumulated more than 81 career victories and 21 driver's titles. These triumphs include 13 Baja 500's, eight Nevada 400's, two Nevada 500's, three Gold Coast 300's, and two Baja 1000's. He earned his nickname "Ironman" for his habit of driving solo in endurance races that normally call for relief drivers. He was recognized as Star of the Month in November 1998.
SWEENEY, Walt (Football)
The Chargers number one draft pick in 1963, big Walt was an end at Syracuse, but was immediately switched to guard when he arrived here for training. He was an instant hit with San Diego fans back in Balboa Stadium when he appeared with the Chargers punt and kickoff units and the huge man charged down field to make the tackle. The 255-pounder played with the Chargers from 1963 through 1973, tying John Hadl's record of playing in 154 straight games. Sweeney was traded to Washington where he played two years. Sweeney was an All-American Football League guard in '67, '68, '69, and an All-American Conference selection in '70 and '71. He was the Chargers Lineman of the Year in 1971, played in nine AFL and NFL All-Star Games.
TINLEY, Scott (Triathlon)
Tinley, an SDSU grad and Encinitas resident, is considered by many to be the "Grandfather of Triathlon." He began competing at the Ironman in 1981 and has continued every year since, winning the event in 1982 and 1985. In 1985 he set the Ironman record of 8 hours, 54 minutes, 50 seconds. He has competed in roughly 50 Ironman-distance events.
USHER, Bob (Baseball)
Bob Usher graduated from San Diego High School where he was a star center fielder and pitcher. He played with the Padres in 1955 and 1956, leading the team with a .350 average in '56. He had a six-year career in the major leagues with Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland. He hit .235 with 18 home runs during his career.
VADEN, Paul (Boxing)
Paul Vaden is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. The 154-pound super-welterweight had an amateur record of 327-10. As a professional, he had a record of 29-3, and is the only San Diego-born fighter to hold a world championship title, as he held the I.B.F. Junior Middle Weight title in 1995 and the United States Junior Middle Weight title in 1999, 2000.
VARDELL, Tommy (Football)
Touchdown Tommy rushed for 1,789 yards on 416 carries with 37 touchdowns and no fumbles. He ranks second in school's TD history, third in rushing. He set Stanford records in most yards in a season (1,084), most TDs in a season (20), most points in a season (120), and most rushing TDs in a season (20), most rushing TDs in a career (37), and most carries in a game (39). He was a GTE All-Academic All-America of the Year as a senior and All-Pac-10 Academic. He had an 8-year professional career with the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. In his career he was used as a short-yard specialist, rushing for 1,427 career yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught 119 passes for 1,010 yards and 3 touchdowns.
VESCO, Don (Motorcycle Racing)
The 1956 Hoover High grad scored his first major victory in the 1963 Motorcycle Grand Prix at Daytona Beach, FL. In 1967 he set a national record of 82.21 miles an hour in the six cubic inch motorcycle division of the National Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats. In August, 1978 he drove his "Lightning Bolt" across the Salt Flats to set a world record of 318.598 miles an hour. He also held the two previous world records in this division. During his career Vesco had won at Laguna , and twice at Santa Barbara.
VETRECIN-MEIGS, Diane (Archery)
She won the Women's Amateur Division National Field Archery Tournament in 1964. At that time she held three of four existing national records, the Hunter Round, Animal Round and Aggregate Score. She also won the 1964 California State Amateur Women's title. She repeated her feats in 1965 at the nationals, including breaking two national marks that she had held previously.
WARD, Rodger (Motor Sports)
Rodger Ward began his career by racing in Balboa Stadium from 1946-1955. His first major victory came in 1947 when he beat future Indy 500 winners Bill Vukovich, Johnny Parsons and Jim Bryan at the San Diego Grand Prix. He won the Indianapolis 500 and the National Championship in 1959 and 1962. He is a member of the Indy, San Diego Automotive Museum and International Racing Halls of Fame.
WARREN, Don (Football)
Warren, a San Diego State grad, he was drafted in the fourth round out of San Diego State. He was a tight end for the Washington Redskins from 1979-1992. Warren played in 193 games for the Redskins, catching 244 passes for 2,536 yards and seven touchdowns, but was noted as possibly the best blocking tight end in pro football history. He played in four Super Bowls following the 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991 seasons.
WEGEFORTH, Milt (Sailing)
Information incomplete - Wegeforth won the 1935 World Star Class sailing championship. He later won the 1937 World Championship Sailing Series, the 15th annual event.
WEST, Willie (Football)
The San Diego High grad starred in baseball, basketball and football, but went on to the University of Oregon to play football. He was a three-year letterman at Oregon and co-captained the 1959 team. That year he was co-winner of the Hoffman Award, given annually to the Ducks most valuable player. West played in the NFL from 1960-1968, totaling 30 interceptions.
WILLIAMS, ''Hambone'' Art (Basketball)
Hambone Williams scored a then-record 433 points on 186 field goals for San Diego High School in 1959. He was named City Prep League Player of the Year that year. He went on to play six years in the MBA with the San Diego Rockets and the Boston Celtics. In 474 professional games Hambone averaged 5.7 points while shooting .408 from the floor. He totaled 2,703 career points with 1,585 rebounds and 2,214 assists.
WILSON, Earl (Baseball)
Right handed pitcher whose major league career with the Red Sox, Tigers and Padres lasted from 1959-1970. He won 122 and lost 109. He pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 1962. He won 22 and lost 11 for the 1967 Tigers and pitched in the 1968 World Series against the Cardinals. He also pitched MCRD to the All-Marine title in 1957 and 1958, winning 42 and losing only two.
WILSON, Jim (Baseball)
A native San Diegan, Jim Wilson launched his professional baseball career with Louisville in 1943. He was a right-handed pitcher in the American and National Leagues for 11 years, appearing in 257 major league games, winning 86 and losing 89. On June 12, 1954, he pitched a no-hit, no-run game for Milwaukee against Philadelphia. He retired in 1958 with a 4.01 ERA.
WRIGHT, Nate (Football)
Wright played professional football from 1969-1980, earning All-Pro honors at defensive back in 1974 and 1976. He career consisted mostly of time as a defensive back with the great Minnesota Vikings teams of the 1970s. He totaled 34 interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 156 professional games. He was an All-Conference player from two years at San Diego State before turning pro.
YORK, Ray (Thoroughbred Racing)
York, a native of La Mesa, became one of America's leading jockeys. His greatest triumph came in the 1954 Kentucky Derby, in which he rode Determine to victory.

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