Frank “Frankie” Culling Albert

Frank “Frankie” Culling Albert

Frankie Albert enjoys the distinction of being the first player signed by the San Francisco 49ers for competition in the All-American Football Conference. That 1946 event was preceded by Albert’s starring performance as quarterback for Stanford University. There the...read more
Vernon “Lefty” Louis Gomez

Vernon “Lefty” Louis Gomez

Salt Lake City Bees, 1928 San Francisco Seals, 1929 New York Yankees, 1930-42 Boston Braves-Washington Senators, 1943 Discovered on the sand lots of Richmond High School, 17-year-old “Lefty” Gomez’s next stop was the San Francisco Seals. His pitching debut...read more
Robert “Bob” Bruce Mathias

Robert “Bob” Bruce Mathias

Stanford University, 1949-52 On August 6, 1948, 17-year-old Bob Mathias of Tulare High School competed in a grueling 10-event test of heart and muscle to become “the world’s greatest all-around athlete” at the Olympic Games decathlon. Four years later, the...read more
Francis “Lefty” Joseph O’Doul

Francis “Lefty” Joseph O’Doul

Seals, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Phillies & Dodgers, 1918-34 “Lefty” O’Doul and San Francisco are synonymous. He was born here, raised here, and after 73 years, he died here. O’Doul won two major league batting championships, managed four Pacific Coast...read more
Helen Wills Roark

Helen Wills Roark

University of California, 1922-25 Considered one the best women tennis players of all time, “Little Miss Poker Face” began her remarkable career at the Berkeley Tennis Club. From her initial victories there, Helen Wills Roark moved swiftly to international...read more