The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is full of legends, from Joe DiMaggio to Joe Montana.
This year is no exception, with four new members joining the ranks among the best sports contributors in the Bay Area.
Tim Brown (former Oakland Raiders wide receiver), Walter A. Haas (former Oakland A’s owner), Brent Jones (former San Francisco 49ers tight end), and Dave Righetti (current San Francisco Giants pitching coach) were the 2013 members inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Brown spent 15 seasons with the Raiders, going to nine Pro Bowls and racking up over 1000 receptions and 105 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, but did not make it.
Haas was perhaps the most influential of the inductees, saving the A’s from going elsewhere when he bought the team in 1980. The A’s captured five AL West Division titles under his tenure and went to three consecutive World Series (1988-1990), winning it all in 1989 in the Bay Bridge World Series against the Giants. Haas, the great-grandnephew of Levi Strauss, passed away in 1995. Former A’s manager Tony La Russa took part in his induction.
Like Brown, Jones had himself an excellent NFL career. A native of Santa Clara, Jones participated in four Pro Bowls and was a member of three All-Pro teams with the 49ers, not to mention three Super Bowl rings. He finished his career with 417 receptions for 5,195 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Righetti is the only figure still active in Bay Area sports. After a superb career in the big leagues, Righetti became the Giants’ pitching coach in 2000. Since then, he has developed the pitching staff into one of the best in baseball, and undoubtedly played a large role in the Giants’ two World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.
The induction ceremony was held on Thursday at Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.