San Diego Hall of Champions

The San Diego Hall of Champions was an American multi-sport museum in San Diego, California. It was recognized as the largest multi-sport museum in the United States until its closure in June 2017.[1] Located in the Federal Building in Balboa Park until 2017, the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) facility recognized outstanding athletic accomplishments and traditions involving more than forty-two sports until June 2017[2]. The Hall of Champions was founded in 1959 and includes the Breitbard Hall of Fame which is being relocated to be displayed at Petco Park.

San Diego Hall of Champions
San Diego Hall of Champions
Location within San Diego
San Diego Hall of Champions (California)
San Diego Hall of Champions (the United States)
LocationSan Diego, California, US
Coordinates32°43′38.39″N 117°09′08.29″W

Breitbard Hall of Fame

The Breitbard Hall of Fame was established in 1953 by Robert Breitbard.[3] It honors athletes who either (1) have excelled in sports in San Diego or (2) are native San Diegans who have excelled in sports elsewhere.[3] As of 2008, 117 athletes have been inducted, representing 20 sports: archery; badminton and tennis; baseball; basketball; bowling; boxing; diving and swimming; football; figure skating; golf; hockey; horse racing; marksmanship; motor sports; pole vaulting; sailing; skateboarding; soccer; track and field; triathlon; and wrestling.[3] New members are inducted in February at the Salute to the Champions dinner.[3]


To be eligible for enshrinement, the candidate must meet these criteria:[4]

  • An athlete, coach or special contributor native to San Diego county or who represented a San Diego high school, university, sports organization or professional team
  • Professional athletes not native to San Diego county must have spent at least 4 years of their career in San Diego
  • Athletes must be retired for at least 2 years or be at least 50 years old
  • Coaches and contributors do not need to be retired, but must have spent at least 7 years working in their field


This sports-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
For each inductee's San Diego connection, see footnote[5][6][7]
Year inducted Inductee Sport
1953Harold MullerFootball
1954Ted WilliamsBaseball
1955Milton PhelpsBasketball
1956Maureen ConnollyTennis
Archie MooreBoxing
1957Bill MillerTrack & Field
1958David G. FreemanBadminton
Willie SteeleTrack & Field
1959Cotton WarburtonFootball
1960Earle Brucker, Sr.Baseball
Russ SaundersFootball
1962Florence ChadwickAquatics
Mickey WrightGolf
1963Billy CasperGolf
Gene LittlerGolf
Clarence PinkstonAquatics
1964Ed GoddardFootball
Don LarsenBaseball
Pesky SprottFootball
1965Bob GutowskiTrack & Field
Bill McCollFootball
1966Paul RunyanGolf
1967Bob ElliottBaseball
Jim LondosWrestling
Olin Cort MajorsFootball
1968Bud HeldTrack & Field
1969Lowell NorthSailing
Harold SmithAquatics
1970Stan BarnesFootball
Florence ChambersSwimming
Billy MillsTrack & Field
1971Karen Hantze SusmanTennis
1972Lance AlworthFootball
Lee RamageBoxing
1973Ray BooneBaseball
Amby SchindlerFootball
1974Leo CallandFootball
Rube PowellArchery
1975Evelyn Boldrick HowardBadminton
Ron MixFootball
1976Tom HamiltonFootball
Bob SkinnerBaseball
1977Gerry DriscollSailing
Bobby SmithTrack & Field
1978George BrownFootball
Mike StammSwimming
1979Deron JohnsonBaseball
Jack RandTrack & Field
1980Tex GuentertFootball
Bud MuehleisenRacquetball
1981Bill McMillanMarksmanship
Marten MendezBadminton
1982Bill MunceyHydroplane Racing
Ralph SmithTrack & Field
1983Andy BorthwickGolf/Rowing
Dennis ConnerSailing
1984John ButlerFootball
John HadlFootball
1985Malin BurnhamSailing
Gavy CravathBaseball
Erik LarsonFigure Skating
Arnie RobinsonTrack & Field
1986Charlie JoinerFootball
Art LuppinoFootball
1987Don CoryellFootball
Sid GillmanFootball
Brian SipeFootball
1988Willie BanksTrack & Field
Gary GarrisonFootball
1989Dan FoutsFootball
1990Charles K. FletcherSwimming/Water Polo
Bill WaltonBasketball
1991Graig NettlesBaseball
Ed WhiteFootball
1992Bob BooneBaseball
Art PowellFootball
1993Joe AlstonBadminton
Haven MosesFootball
Charlie WhittinghamThoroughbred Racing
1994Willie BuchanonFootball
Harold AdamsFootball/Baseball
1995Kellen WinslowFootball
Charlie PowellFootball/Boxing
1996Randy JonesBaseball
Craig StadlerGolf
1997Earl FaisonFootball
Juli VeeeSoccer
1998Fred DryerFootball
Alan TrammellBaseball
Dave WinfieldBaseball
1999Marcus AllenFootball
Rolf BenirschkeFootball
2000Rollie FingersBaseball
Paula Newby-FraserTriathlon
2001Keith LincolnFootball
Joe NorrisBowling
Ken NortonBoxing
2002Tony GwynnBaseball
Tony HawkSkateboarding
Russ WashingtonFootball
2003Elvin HayesBasketball
Ron NewmanSoccer
Mark ReynoldsSailing
2004Stan HumphriesFootball
Peter McNabHockey
2005Joe JessopSailing
Ernie LaddFootball
Scott SimpsonGolf
Doug WilkersonFootball
2006Terrell DavisFootball
Gail DeversTrack and field
Louie KelcherFootball
Volney PetersFootball
2007Buzzie BavasiBaseball
Goose GossageBaseball
Gary “Big Hands” JohnsonFootball
2008Shannon MacMillanSoccer
Pete NewellBasketball
Willie O'ReeHockey
Steve ScottTrack and field
2009Marshall FaulkFootball
Ivan StewartOff-road racing
Floyd RobinsonBaseball
Eric AllenFootball
2010Bob LarsenCross country / Track
David GraysonFootball
Greg LouganisDiving
David WellsBaseball
J. J. FetterSailing
2011John LynchFootball
La'Roi GloverFootball
Lincoln KennedyFootball
Paul LoweFootball
2012C. R. RobertsFootball
Art WilliamsBasketball
Monique HendersonTrack and Field
Bernie BickerstaffBasketball
2013Junior SeauFootball
Trevor HoffmanBaseball
Brian QuinnSoccer
Stephen NealFootball / Wrestling
2014Damon AllenFootball
Ricky JohnsonMotor sports / NASCAR
Chris MarloweVolleyball
Teri McKeeverSwimming
2015Chris ChamblissBaseball
Tony ClarkBaseball
LaDainian TomlinsonFootball
2016Ricky WilliamsFootball
Paul VadenBoxing
Dave RobertsBaseball
2017Nick HardwickFootball
Johnny RitcheyBaseball
Candice WigginsBasketball
2018Garry TempletonBaseball
Robbie HainesSailing
Claude GilbertFootball

See also


  1. "San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum".
  2. "Hall of Champions closes its doors in Balboa Park". 15 June 2017.
  3. Breitbard Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  4. Breitbard Hall of Fame Nomination Form webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  5. Click on the inductee's sport, in the right-hand column, under "HOC Athletes by Sports". Breitbard Hall of Fame webpage. San Diego Hall of Champions website. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  6. "Breitbard Hall of Fame by Year" (PDF). San Diego Hall of Champions. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. "Hall of Fame". San Diego Hall of Champions. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
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