Hall of Fame Dinner:

With over 600 people in attendance (the largest ever), Bill Bailey and Roxy Bernstein presided over the induction of eight great University of California athletes at the 2004 Hall of Fame Dinner

Held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland the event began at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception (there were so many people in attendance one of the bar facilities had to be moved outside!). After a wonderful dinner of either salmon or prime rib, Bill Bailey opened the induction ceremonies with a few words and then introduced our new athletic director, Sandy Barbour. Roxy Bernstein then took over and the presentation of the current crop of inductees began.

Six of the eight inductees were in attendance and spoke on their own behalf.

Arleigh Williams Football/Baseball 1932-1935

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Arleigh Williams is one of the storied names in both Cal athletics and academics. He starred in both football and baseball in the 1930's and later served 20 years at the university in student-related capacities that included Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (1970-1976), Dean of Students (1967-1970), Dean of Men (1959-1966) and Director of Student Activities (1957-1959). Arleigh earned both first team All-America and first team All-Coast honors as a senior halfback in 1934. He remains the Bears' number 17 all-time career rusher with 1,404 yards on 526 carries. He was also a fine punter; he still owns the fifth-longest punt in Cal history, a 72-yarder against USC in 1933. While individual statistics are unavailable, Williams lettered on the 1934 and 1935 Cal baseball teams. Both of these teams finished first in the conference combining for a 45-15-1 record during that period.

Sarah Anderson Swimming 1988-1991

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Sarah Anderson Bill Bailey, Sarah Anderson, and Sandy Barbour

One of the best mid-to-long distance swimmers in Cal history, Sarah still holds school records for the 1,650 yard (16:10.33 in 1988) and 1,000 yard (9:46.08 in 1991) freestyle events-the only two freestyle categories to withstand the talents of three-time Swimmer of the Year Natalie Coughlin in school annals. In addition, the 21-time All-American curently ranks second in the 200 and third in the 500 freestyle events in California history. During her tenure at Cal, she placed in the top three at the NCAA meet four times finishing third in the 1,650 in 1988, second in the 200 free in 1991, and third in both the 1,650 free and 500 free in '91. Anderson was voted Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year in 1989, when she claimed conference crowns in the 200, 500, and 1,650 freestyle races. As a senior, she also earned national and Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

Kirk Everist Water Polo 1985-1988

A three-time All-American who led the Golden Bears to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1987-88, Everist was named Collegiate Player of the Year and NCAA Tournament MVP during his senior campaign in 1988. Now Cal's head water polo coach, Everist was a key member of the U.S. Olympic teams that placed fourth at the 1992 Barcelona Games and seventh at the 1996 Atlanta Games. He also represented the United States at the World University Games in 1991, and at the Pan American Games in both 1991 and 1995. In all, Everist logged nine years (1988-1996) with the U.S. National Team.

John Fiscalini Baseball 1946-1948

Frank Fiscalini spoke for his brother John.

Fiscalini, who played left field on Cal's baseball team from 1945-48, enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history in 1947. During that junior year, he earned both All-America and All-District 8 accolades after batting .414 and leading the Bears to the NCAA championship in the first-ever College World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan. One of the most feared hitters of his era, Fiscalini was often walked intentionally during his Cal career

Bob Milano Baseball(Coach) 1978-1999

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Bob Milano Sandy Barbour, Bob Milano, and Bill Bailey

Retiring from California after the 1999 season, Bob completed his baseball coaching career with the most victories (688) in the program's history. Prior to notification of his induction into the California Athletic Hall of Fame, his crowning moment came last year when he became only the fourth person in Cal baseball history to have his game jersey (Number 7) retired. During his illustrious 22-year stint as Cal's head coach, Milano was name Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice (1980 and 1992) and coached 12 college All-Americans. He directed the Bears to three College World Series appearances (1980, 1988, and 1992), six NCAA Regional berths and the 1980 Pac-10 Southern Division title. His 1980 club finished third at the College World Series. A member of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, Milano served as head coach of the U.S. National Team in 1997 and was an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988. Part of the Cal baseball program as a player, assistant coach, and head coach during a period that spanned 29 years, he also held the position of athletic director at Cal from 1974-1978. Currently, Bob remains active in the Big C society functioning as its executive secretary.

Hardy Nickerson Football 1983-1986

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Hardy Nickerson Bill Bailey, Hardy Nickerson, and Sandy Barbour

An All Pac-10 selection who played 16 seasons in the National Football League, Nickerson was named to the Pro Bowl five times during his professional career. For three straight seasons (1984-1986), Nickerson led the Golden Bears in tackles and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player. A first team All Pac-10 selection as a senior, he reeled off 141 tackles in 1984, 167 in 1985, and 132 in 1986. His 167 tackles during his junior year remains a Cal single season record, while his 501 career tackles rank second in school history. A fifth round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 1987, Nickerson played six seasons with the Steelers. He joined Tampa Bay in 1993, becoming the Buccaneers' number 2 career tackle leader with 1,028 stops in seven campaigns. Nickerson, who ended his pro career with brief stops in Jacksonville (2000-2001) and Green Bay (2002) was named to the 1990's NFL All-Decade second team in 2000.

Harvey Salem Football 1979-1982

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Salem, a four-year starting offensive tackle at Cal from 1979-1982, earned both first team All-America and Academic All-America honors his senior season. A two-time first team All Pac-10 selection, Harvey played on Joe Kapp's 7-4 team in 1982-a year that featured "The Play" in the now-famous Big Game. Drafted in the second round by Houston, Salem played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Oilers (1983-1985), Detroit Lions (1986-1991) and Denver Broncos (1991-1992). He was a member of the 1991 Bronco team that claimed the Western Division title and advanced to the AFC Championship game. Salem, who also set the eighth-best shot put mark (58'-0.5 in) in Cal track history in 1982, currently serves as a teacher and assistant football and track coach at nearby Albany High School.

Frank "Bud" Van Deren Football 1947-1948

A 1948 first team All-Conference end who later was voted a member of Pappy Waldorf's All-Time Team on both offense and defense, Van Deren played on Cal teams that posted a 19-2 record during his two seasons (1947-1948). Also selected on Cal's Centennial Team-along with teammates Jackie Jensen and Rod Franz-he starred on a 1948 squad that registered a 10-1 mark and earned a share of the Pacific Coast Conference championship. That 1948 team lost 20-14 to Northwestern in the 1949 Rose Bowl. Van Deren also coached on Waldorf's Rose Bowl teams of 1950 and 1951. He returned to Cal in the '60's to coach on Ray Willsey's staff and later served as head coach at Humboldt State for 26 years.

Many thanks to the work put in by Storrie Johnson, Lynn Lippstreu and many others who contributed to the success of this event.

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There are many pictures that were taken during the Hall of Fame Dinner
These pictures are in the process of being posted to this website (below)
Below each picture is a combination 'picture reference number/e-mail link'.
If you know any of the names of the people pictured, please either click on the
blue underlined link e.g. 'HOF105'(which should open your e-mail program)
or send an e-mail to:danlufkin@calalum.org.
Reference the picture number and the names of the people from left to right.
As I receive this information, I will replace the picture reference number with the appropriate name(s).

Thanks. Dan Lufkin Big C Society Website Manager

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The 2003 Hall of Fame dinner
was a resounding success.  It was on October 24, at a new site, the banquet room of the Greek Orthodox Church, 4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland CA, 94602.  The facilities proved to be perfect for the evening and well over 300 alumni, family and friends had a great time.

Each year a select committee of former Cal athletes and members of the athletic department meet to select Calís greatest athletes for inclusion into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Some of them are among the greatest intercollegiate athletes of all time, such as Jackie Jensen, Michelle Granger, Matt Biondi, Kevin Johnson, Mary T. Meagher, Joe Kapp, Pete Newell, and Connie Carpenter Phinney. There are currently 234 members of Calís Athletic Hall of Fame.

Seven new members were added at this year's Hall of Fame Dinner.  The 2003 inductees are:

Jon Zuber - Baseball 1992
Russell White - Football 1993
Milica Vukadinovic - Women's Basketball 1993
Larry Lutz - Football 1936
Matt Lucena - Tennis 1992
Chuck Lucchesi - Gymnastics/Swimming 1949
Troy Auzenne - Football 1992

Last year enthusiastic Cal athletes, alumni and friends attended the 2002 ceremonies. Diane Dwyer of television station KTVU, an ardent Cal grad herself, was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening and kept the energy level high throughout the festivities. Video highlights of each of the honorees outstanding athletic achievements were shown on the big screen. Everyone present enjoyed reliving these careers and the memorable contributions to Cal athletics. Finally, we heard from each of the inductees themselves, or their family representative. Each one expressed in stirring words how much their time at Cal meant to them and how great an experience it was, not just in athletics but in all phases of their college education.

Last year's additions are shown below:

Martin Biles - Track & Field '41; Rod Booker - Baseball '81; Al Buch - Basketball '59; Ed Miller - Track & Field '76; Mike Pawlawski - Football '92; Perry Schwartz - Football '38; Lynn Wittstock - Water Polo '84

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