Enshrining the Great Athletes of the San Francisco Bay Area

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One of the main goals of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is to enshrine the great athletes of the Bay Area. This process begins with an annual ballot of eligible athletes (see criteria below) that is sent to numerous sportswriters, broadcasters, team executives and past BASHOF Inductees. There are three ballots to be voted on: Contemporary -Veteran (prior to 1981) and Distinguished Service (non-athletes). The balloting results are tabulated and evaluated by the BASHOF Hall of Fame Committee and a new inductee class is selected. A press release announcing the new inductee class is distributed in the 4th quarter each year. The class is then inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame at the annual Enshrinement Banquet the following year.

The Enshrinement Banquet

The Enshrinement Banquet is held in the Ballroom at the Westin St. Francis and is attended by approximately 700 people. During the banquet, a short video highlight of each Enshrinee is featured, the Enshrinee is introduced by a close friend—usually a former teammate or coach, and gives an acceptance speech. Many amazing sports stories are heard throughout the night, and it is always a special moment when the athlete is inducted.

A Bronze Plaque For Each Inductee

Each Enshrinee receives a bronze plaque of their likeness which is displayed at the banquet and then goes to be displayed at SFO International Airport (in the walkway between Terminal #1 and #2) After several years on display the plaque is moved to a location of the inductee’s choosing. This could be the stadium of the local sports team for whom the inductee played, their college or high school.

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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tara VanDerveer

Tara VanDerveer

The consummate teacher, yet always a student of the game, Tara VanDerveer has amassed one of the greatest careers in the history of college athletics. One of a handful of NCAA basketball coaches with more than 1,000 career wins, the legendary Stanford women’s...
Keena Turner

Keena Turner

Keena Turner exemplified the 49ers’ dominance in the National Football League throughout the 1980s. He was a versatile, game-changing linebacker throughout his 11-year professional career. His impact was also felt off the field with the integrity, class and commitment...
Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Forged under the fiery tough-love tutelage of local point guard legend Gary Payton, Jason Kidd’s hall of fame basketball career began in Oakland under perhaps more scrutiny than any other prep star had ever seen up to that point. In the late eighties and early...
Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert’s wide-ranging success is unique in the history of tennis: Top 10 ATP player including a career high #4 ranking; elite coach of grand slam champions; author of the international best-seller Winning Ugly; and popular commentator on ESPN. In 1994 Gilbert...
Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky’s ultimate victory transcended all others, for it was a triumph of heart. During 1988, his seventh big league season, Dravecky learned that he had a Desmoid tumor in his left arm, requiring surgical removal of half of the deltoid muscle. Dravecky resumed...