1999 USC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet|
LOS ANGELES - Twenty-one Trojan luminaries who have been selected to the fourth class of USC's Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored at a gala black tie induction dinner this May 22 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena.
Tickets to the induction dinner are available by calling the USC Athletic Department at (213) 740-4155.
Alphabetically, the 1999 inductees are: Garrett Arbelbide, Jerry Buss, Bob Chandler, Cynthia Cooper, Anthony Davis, Homer Griffith, Jim Hardy, Jesse Hibbs, Gene Mako, Mark McGwire, Anthony Munoz, Russ Saunders, Harry Smith, Craig Stadler, Francis Tappaan, Harley Tinkham, Jack Ward, Vern Wolfe, Cynthia Woodhead-Kantzer, Frank Wykoff and Louis Zamperini.
Arbelbide, Chandler, Griffith, Hibbs, Saunders, Tappaan, Tinkham and Wykoff are deceased. All other inductees are expected to be in attendance.
Buss will receive a Spirit Award, while Tinkham will be honored for his contributions as a sportswriter to college athletics in Los Angeles.
"This is another exceptional group of Trojan greats," said USC athletic director Mike Garrett, who was a member of the 1994 charter class. "All have played a key role in USC's outstanding athletic history. They'll join our first three classes of Hall of Famers to form a real Who's Who in USC sports. The first three induction dinners were memorable evenings and I'm sure the 1999 one will be just as special."
The Hall of Famers are selected by a 75-member voting panel consisting of media and USC alumni and athletic department supporters. To be eligible for election, athletes must have completed their last season of eligibility at USC 10 years ago.
The 1999 inductees, who will have commemorative plaques installed at Heritage Hall, will join the 16 inaugural inductees (Jon Arnett, Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, Rod Dedeaux, Braven Dyer, Mike Garrett, Al Geiberger, Frank Gifford, Marv Goux, Howard Jones, Fred Lynn, John McKay, Parry O'Brien, Bill Sharman, O.J. Simpson, Stan Smith and Norman Topping), the 24 members of the 1995 second class (Marcus Allen, Dean Cromwell, Morley Drury, John Ferraro, Mal Florence, Jess Hill, Julie Kohl, Ronnie Lott, Marlin McKeever, Mike McKeever, Cheryl Miller, Orv Mohler, Charles Paddock, Mel Patton, Giles Pellerin, Erny Pinckert, Dennis Ralston, Roy Saari, Tom Seaver, Gus Shaver, Dave Stockton, Brice Taylor, Irvine "Cotton" Warburton, and Charles White) and the 21 members of the 1997 third class (Johnny Baker, Ricky Bell, Raymond "Tay" Brown, Peter Daland, Charlie Dumas, Arnold Eddy, Ron Fairly, Mort Kaer, Allan Malamud, Ron Mix, Jess Mortensen, John Naber, Alex Olmedo, Nick Pappas, Aaron Rosenberg, Ambrose Schindler, Bob Seagren, Scott Simpson, Ernie Smith, Paul Westphal, and Ron Yary).
BIOGRAPHIES OF HALL OF FAMERS
ARBELBIDE: A 1930 All-American end, Garrett Arbelbide was a member of USC's 1931 national championship team and was on the first Trojan team to beat Notre Dame in South Bend (1931). This 3-year (1929-30-31) letterman played in 2 Rose Bowls (1930-32).
BUSS: Jerry Buss, who purchased the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and the Great Western Forum in 1979, is a longtime supporter of USC and its athletic program. He earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from USC, where he then taught the subject. After a brief stint in the aerospace industry, he began a successful real estate development career. His Lakers teams won 5 world championships and appeared in 9 NBA finals. He also helped launch Prime Ticket Network, which is now FOX Sports West., the nation's premier regional sports cable network. He is a familiar figure on the sidelines of many home USC football games.
CHANDLER: Always one of USC's most popular football players, Bob Chandler lettered for 3 years at wide receiver (1968-70). He captained the 1970 Trojans, when he led the team in receptions, and still ranks 17th on USC's career receiving list. He played in 2 Rose Bowls and was named the 1970 Rose Bowl Player of the Game after catching the winning 33-yard touchdown pass (the game's only TD) in the Trojans' 10-3 win over Michigan. He was a seventh round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1971 and starred there 9 years (through 1979), then played with the Raiders for 3 years (1980-82), including in Super Bowl XV. He caught 370 passes for 5,243 yards and 48 TDs in his NFL career. He then became a television and radio broadcaster. He died in 1995 from cancer at the age of 45.
COOPER: One of the world's best women's basetball players, Cynthia Cooper starred at guard for the Women of Troy's 1983 and 1984 NCAA championship teams. A 4-time letterwinner (1982-83-84-86), she was named an All-Conference first teamer in 1986. She then went on to win a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics and a bronze in 1992. She played professionally overseas and now is with the 2-time WNBA champion Houston Comets, where she was WNBA MVP and the league's leading scorer.
DAVIS: Anthony Davis, known by Trojan fans everywhere as "A.D.," was one of USC's most exciting tailbacks. A 1974 All-American and the Heisman Trophy runnerup that year, he set or tied 24 NCAA, Pac-8 and USC records during his 3-year (1972-73-74) career. Still USC's No. 3 all-time rusher and No. 2 career kickoff returner, he was the first player in Pac-8 history to rush for 1,000 yards in 3 successive years. He was on USC's 1972 and 1974 national championship teams and played in 3 Rose Bowls. He was particularly effective against Notre Dame, scoring 11 career TDs versus the Irish (including 6 as a sophomore in 1972). He also was a star baseball player at USC. He then played in the NFL, WFL, CFL and USFL. He currently is involved in real estate development.
GRIFFITH: A quarterback, Homer Griffith was a three-year letterman (1931-32-33) and was a member of 2 USC national championship teams (1931-32). He played in USC's 1932 and 1933 Rose Bowl victories, scoring a touchdown in the 1933 contest when he was named Player of the Game. He was a 1932 All-Conference first teamer when he was USC's scoring leader. He appeared in the 1934 College All-Star Game. He then played professionally with the Chicago Cardinals in 1934. Afterwards, he worked in the steel and insurance industries. He died in 1990 at the age of 77.
HARDY: An outstanding quarterback in the 1942, 1943 and 1944 seasons, Jim Hardy captained the 1944 Trojans. He played in 2 Rose Bowls, throwing 5 TD passes in USC's 1944 and 1945 Pasadena wins. On defense, he made 13 interceptions in his career (sixth on USC's all-time list). He then played in the NFL with the Rams, Cardinals and Lions from 1946 to 1952. After his playing days, he entered private business, including serving as general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He is now retired and lives in the Palm Springs area.
HIBBS: Jesse Hibbs, a tackle, was a member of USC's first national championship team in 1928. He was a 2-time All-American (1927-28) and lettered for 3 seasons (1926-27-28). He played with the NFL's Bears in 1931, then had a long career as a Hollywood director. He died in 1985 at the age of 79.
MAKO: Gene Mako was the 1934 NCAA singles and doubles champion while lettering at USC for 3 years (1934-36-37). He won 2 Wimbledon (1937-38) and 3 U.S. Open (2 in 1936, 1 in 1938) doubles titles. In 1936, he won the regular and mixed doubles titles at the U.S. Open. He then owned a tennis court construction business and now is an art dealer.
McGWIRE: Mark McGwire, who passed Babe Ruth and Roger Maris when he set the all-time major league home run record in 1998 with 70, also owns the USC career home run record (54). A 3-time letterman (1982-83-84) first baseman who also pitched early in his Trojan career, he was a 1984 All-American, All-District selection and USC MVP. He also was a 2-time All-Pac-10 pick and was named the 1984 Pac-10 Player of the Year. In his USC career, he batted .335 and had 150 RBI's and also was 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA as pitcher. He won a silver medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team. He was a first round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 1984 and has played in majors since 1986 (he was the 1987 AL Rookie of Year) with the A's and now the St. Louis Cardinals.
MUNOZ: Regarded as one of the greatest offensive tackles to play the game, Anthony Munoz played for three Rose Bowl teams (1976, 1978, 1979), including USC's 1978 national champions. He was a 4-year letterman (1976-77-78-79) footballer and also pitched for the Trojan baseball team. He then played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1980 to 1992 and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He now does football television commentary.
SAUNDERS: Russ Saunders, nicknamed "Racehorse Russ," was a member of USC's first national championship team (1928). A 3-year letterman (1927-28-29), he won USC's Davis-Teschke Award (most inspirational player) in 1929. He was USC's rushing and scoring leader in 1929 (his 972 rushing yards in 1929 ranks 24th on USC's season list), and he is 25th on USC's career rushing list. He played in the 1930 Rose Bowl, scoring a touchdown and passing for 3 others to win Player of the Game honors. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1994. The Tommy Trojan statue on the USC campus was partially modeled after him. He played professionally with Green Bay in 1931. He then was an assistant director and production manager in Hollywood. He died in 1987 at the age of 81.
SMITH: Harry Smith was a 1938 and 1939 All-American on back-to-back Rose Bowl teams. An agile pulling guard, he was known as "Blackjack" for the cast he wore on one hand in the 1939 season. He lettered at Troy 3 years (1937-38-39). He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. He played in the NFL in 1940 and then was a football coach, including 2 years (1949-50) as an assistant at USC.
STADLER: "The Walrus," as Craig Stadler is affectionately known, was a 2-time All-American golfer (1973-74) at USC. He won the U.S. Amateur title in 1973. Still a top PGA player, he has won 12 events (including the 1982 Masters) and has been a member of U.S. Ryder Cup teams.
TAPPAAN: Francis Tappaan, a 1929 All-American end who lettered 3 years (1927-28-29), was a member of USC's first national championship team (1928). He played on Troy's 1929 Rose Bowl squad. He was a USC assistant coach in 1931 and 1932. He then held various professional positions in the business, education, legal and political fields, including serving as a vice president at USC, a lawyer and a judge.
TINKHAM: Longtime Southern California sportswriter Harley Tinkham had USC roots, as he lettered on the Trojans' 1943 NCAA championship track team. A high jumper and decathlete, he tied for first in the high jump at the prestigious Coliseum Relays in 1943. He then began a sportswriting career that spanned more than 40 years, beginning with the Los Angeles Mirror, then the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and finally the Los Angeles Times, where he was the originator of the popular "Morning Briefing" column on page 2. He covered all sports, but was a particularly keen track and field writer. Known by all as "The Ace," he died in 1990 at the age of 67.
WARD: Now serving in his 40th year as Troy's head athletic trainer, Jack Ward is an institution around the USC athletic program. He has worked with 6 USC head football coaches and with 5 national championship football teams, along with 10 College World Series winning baseball squads. A Marine Corps veteran, he also worked 4 years as an assistant trainer at Nebraska and 1 year as an assistant trainer at USC.
WOLFE: Vern Wolfe was USC's head track and field coach for 22 years, winning 7 NCAA championships, including 5 outdoor titles (1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1976) and 2 indoor crowns (1967, 1972). He had an impressive 105-17-1 record in dual meets (.858), won 8 conference crowns and posted 7 unbeaten seasons. He coached his athletes to 33 NCAA outdoor individual and relay titles. He was a pole vaulter during his student days at USC (1942-46-47), which were interrupted because of World War II service. He was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1998. He now is retired and lives in the South Bay.
WOODHEAD-KANTZER: Cynthia Woodhead-Kantzer, nicknamed "Sippy," was a 3-time All-American swimmer for the Women of Troy. One of the world's elite swimmers, she set 4 world and 16 American records and won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics (she also qualified for the boycotted 1980 Games). She was the runnerup for the Sullivan Award in 1979. She then became an assistant swim coach at USC. She has also done television commentating.
WYKOFF: Once the owner of the "World's Fastest Human" moniker when he set the world record in the 100-yard dash, Frank Wykoff earned 3 letters (1930-31-32) as a sprinter on the USC track team. He was a member of 2 NCAA championship teams and captained the 1932 Trojans. He was the NCAA 100 champ in 1930 and 1931. He won 3 Olympic gold medals while running a leg on the USA's sprint relay (1928, 1932 and 1936). He was elected into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1977. He then worked in the education and youth services fields. He died in 1980 at the age of 70.
ZAMPERINI: Louis Zamperini was not only one of USC's greatest distance runners, but he gained international acclaim for his amazing exploits during World War II. A 3-year letterman (1938-39-40) who co-captained the 1940 Trojan squad and was a member of 3 NCAA championship teams, he was the NCAA champion in the mile run in 1938 and 1939. The collegiate mile record (4:08.3) that he set lasted for 15 years. He placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run at the 1936 Olympics. He was lost at sea during World War II, spending 47 days adrift and then two-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Japan (his experience was the subject of a CBS-TV feature, which was shown during the 1998 Winter Olympics).