San Diego Hall of Champions
The San Diego Hall of Champions is an American multi-sport museum in San Diego, California. It is recognized as the largest multi-sport museum in the United States. Located in the Federal Building in Balboa Park, the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) facility recognizes outstanding athletic accomplishments and traditions involving more than forty-two sports. The Hall of Champions was founded in 1959 and includes the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
Breitbard Hall of Fame
The Breitbard Hall of Fame was established in 1953 by Robert Breitbard. It honors athletes who either (1) have excelled in sports in San Diego or (2) are native San Diegans who have excelled in sports elsewhere. As of 2008, 117 athletes have been inducted, representing 20 sports: archery; badminton and tennis; baseball; basketball; bowling; boxing; diving and swimming; football; golf; hockey; horse racing; marksmanship; motor sports; pole vaulting; sailing; skateboarding; soccer; track and field; triathlon; and wrestling. New members are inducted in February at the Salute to the Champions dinner.
To be eligible for enshrinement, the candidate must meet these criteria:
- An athlete, coach or special contributor native to San Diego county or who represented a San Diego high school, university, sports organization or professional team
- Professional athletes not native to San Diego county must have spent at least 4 years of their career in San Diego
- Athletes must be retired for at least 2 years or be at least 50 years old
- Coaches and contributors do not need to be retired, but must have spent at least 7 years working in their field
- For each inductee's San Diego connection, see footnote
1956 Milton Campbell||Olympic Decathlon Champion
|1957||Bill Miller||Track & Field|
|1960||Earle Brucker, Sr.||Baseball|
|1965||Bob Gutowski||Track & Field|
|Olin Cort Majors||Football|
|1968||Bud Held||Track & Field|
|Billy Mills||Track & Field|
|Karen Hantze Susman||Tennis|
|1975||Evelyn Boldrick Howard||Badminton|
|Bobby Smith||Track & Field|
|Jack Rand||Track & Field|
|1982||Bill Muncey||Hydroplane Racing|
|Ralph Smith||Track & Field|
|Arnie Robinson||Track & Field|
|1988||Willie Banks||Track & Field|
|1990||Charles K. Fletcher||Swimming/Water Polo|
|Charlie Whittingham||Thoroughbred Racing|
|Gail Devers||Track and field|
|Gary “Big Hands” Johnson||Football|
|Steve Scott||Track and field|
- Breitbard Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
- Breitbard Hall of Fame Nomination Form webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
- Click on the inductee's sport, in the right-hand column, under "HOC Athletes by Sports". Breitbard Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
- San Diego Hall of Champions official website
- Breitbard Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website
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