Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
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The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame honors Oregon athletes, teams, coaches, and others who have made a significant contribution to sports in Oregon. The first class was inducted in 1980, with new inductees added in the fall. Operated by the Oregon Sports Trust, the museum is currently closed in preparation for moving to another facility.
History and organization
The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class of 54 members in 1980, a diverse group that included Olympians Mack Robinson, Don Schollander and Frank Troeh, Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, NFL hero Norm van Brocklin, Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, high jump innovator Dick Fosbury, and basketball coaching legend Slats Gill.
As part of its educational mission to promote the values and rewards of participation in sports, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame grants as many as nine $2,000 scholarships given to outstanding Oregon student athletes who will be attending Oregon colleges. Scholarship winners are honored during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
From 1986 to 1997, the museum was located in a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) basement under the Standard Insurance Center in downtown Portland, Oregon. In 1997, the museum moved to a nearby facility featuring 7,000 square feet (700 m2) of space with hands-on exhibits, videos, and memorabilia, such as Terry Baker's Heisman trophy (the first Heisman given to a West Coast athlete), Mack Robinson's Olympic jersey, one of Dale Murphy's Golden Gloves, and Bill Walton's jersey from the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers NBA championship game.
The current members of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame are listed below.
The Hall of Fame has also inducted these teams:
- 1917 University of Oregon Rose Bowl champions
- 1938–39 Oregon "Tall Firs" basketball team
- 1942 Oregon State Beavers Rose Bowl champions
- 1944 Lind-Pomeroy Amateur Softball Association world champions
- 1948 Oregon Ducks football team
- 1948–49 Oregon State Beavers basketball team
- 1958 Drain Black Sox National Baseball Congress Champions
- 1960–61 Portland Buckaroos
- 1962 Oregon Ducks track team
- 1962 Oregon State Beavers football team
- 1962–63 Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team
- 1964 Oregon Ducks track & field team
- 1964 Erv Lind Softball Amateur Softball Association World Champions
- 1965–66 Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team
- 1966 Linfield Baseball NAIA Champions
- 1967 Oregon State Beavers football team
- 1969 Contractor's, Inc. American Legion Baseball National Champions
- 1976–77 Portland Trail Blazers
- 1980–81 Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team
- 1982, 1984, 1986, and 2004 Linfield Football National Champions
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