Don Barksdale

Don Barksdale

After starring at a Berkeley playground, Don Barksdale was recruited to Marin JC and then to UCLA, where he was an All-American basketball player. He earned gold medals with the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team and in the Pan American Games of 1951. In that year, the...read more
John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson

Stardom for John Henry Johnson ranged from Pittsburg, California, where he was a high school sensation to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where as a super running back, he earned NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement. His career moved from Berkeley’s St. Mary’s High School to...read more
Vada Pinson

Vada Pinson

In his own workmanlike, dedicated fashion, speedy outfielder Vada Pinson played 18 seasons of major league baseball and built an imposing record— a .286 lifetime batting average and, just as important in his worth to his teams, a .981 fielding average. Pinson was one...read more
Gene Upshaw

Gene Upshaw

Gene Upshaw joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967 from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M) as the number-one draft choice. He and Art Shell, on the left side of the defensive line, were heralded as the best guard and tackle combination in the game. The path...read more