Our Mission:

To enshrine the great athletes of the Bay Area and to help kids play sports.

The Bay Area Sport Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began in 1979 with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Committee and Lou Spadia, former president of the San Francisco 49ers.

Spadia had long dreamed of a Hall of Fame to honor the Bay Area’s athletic legends. Along with Chamber President Bill Dauer, Spadia founded the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, and began a multiple-decade success story.

Now celebrating 38 years of enshrining the great athletes of the Bay Area and Helping Kids Play Sports. The growth of our organization is the result of the generosity of our donors and volunteers. There would be no Hall of Fame, no Youth Fund, no grants of sports equipment and no awards – if not for the financial contributions and the commitment of time to help our youth pursue their dreams to play sports!

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

talent evaluator

John McVay

One of John McVay’s first assignments upon joining the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 was finding Bill Walsh, a quarterback. The search ended in the draft’s third round with a skinny Notre Dame passer named Joe Montana. “We couldn’t understand why he was still there in...
crossover dribble

Tim Hardaway

He played his college ball at University of Texas El Paso, known as UTEP, so the move by Tim Hardaway, the crossover dribble, was nicknamed “The UTEP Two-Step.”  But Hardaway, originally from Chicago, could do so much more than put the basketball on the floor. The...
Dominance Pitching

Matt Cain

Durability and dominance separated Matt Cain from even the most accomplished San Francisco Giants. He amassed 12 years and 38 days of continuous major league service time, more than any Giant who played exclusively for the ballclub since its 1958 move west. Cain also...
right tackle position

Harris Barton

Harris Barton, from his right tackle position with the 49ers, protected two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Barton likened Joe Montana’s style to that of a symphony conductor, and said Steve Young was more like the leader of a “jam session.” Both quarterbacks...
soccer star

Brandi Chastain

Soccer star Brandi Chastain’s love of sports was honed in childhood. Growing up in San Jose, she was an avid supporter of the San Jose Earthquakes. She was on a youth team called the Quakettes and was so enamored of her uniform that she slept in it. She became a...

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