Enshrining the Great Athletes of the San Francisco Bay Area


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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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Carmen Policy

When Carmen Policy said, “Winning with class,” it was not a slogan. It was a moral imperative. Under his guidance, along with Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Bill Walsh, the San Francisco 49ers became the model of an enlightened, winning sports franchise. Carmen was a sports...

Kerri Walsh Jennings

The most decorated and famous beach volleyball player in the sport’s history may conjure up images of Southern California beaches, but Kerri Walsh Jennings’ roots are firmly planted in the Bay Area. When she was in high school, her family moved from Scott’s Valley to...

Matt Williams

The career was spectacular. Matt Williams was a five-time All-Star, a Gold Glove infielder, a home run champion. But, oh, what might have been. “If Matt Williams played out injury-free,” said the late Al Rosen, who as Giants general manager picked Williams third...

Russell Baze

There has never been a Bay Area athlete who has dominated his sport as completely and consistently as jockey Russell Baze. He retired as the world’s winningest rider with 12,842 victories from 53,578 mounts, recording 3,311more victories than Laffit Pincay Jr., the...

Bill Cartwright

A three-time All-American and five-time NBA champion, Bill Cartwright’s roots can be traced back to a farming community outside of Sacramento, where he and his six sisters spent summer days chopping sugar beets and hoeing weeds under the sweltering sun.  A native of...