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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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

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John McVay

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Tim Hardaway

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Matt Cain

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Harris Barton

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Brandi Chastain

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