Along with others, the 2008 Fresno State Baseball Team is being inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame for their win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the Division I College World Series. Photo courtesy Fresno State Media Relations.
Four athletes, a baseball trailblazer and two baseball teams have been announced as 2018’s inductees into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame by the organization.
Former New England Patriots star and Super Bowl champion Logan Mankins, U.S. Olympic softball star and gold medalist Shelly Stokes, former Fresno State track and field All-American Dot Jones, former Fresno State football coach Pat Hill, Fresno Grizzlies founder John Carbray, as well as two of Fresno State’s championship baseball teams—the 1959 team who was the first to qualify for the College World Series and the 2008 team who won the College World Series—will all be honored at the hall of fame’s event on Nov. 1 at the Fresno Convention Center Valdez Hall.
The hall of fame also gives out the Harold Zinkin, Sr. Award every year. The award is given to a service organization or person for their work in the area concerning athletics. This year, it is going to the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County for their recreational programs and contributions toward at-risk youth, according to Suzi Huettmann, office manager at the hall of fame.
This will be the 60th annual induction dinner and fundraiser and the first where the hall of fame will announce their new home at the Save Mart Center, according to a press release from the athletic organization.
“2018 is a special year for our hall of fame,” said Gordie Webster, president of the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, who is also the publisher of the Business Journal. “This will be the first class of inductees for our new home at the Save Mart Center. We couldn’t be more proud of this class of inductees and we are excited about our new hall of fame.”
The hall of fame is expected to move into their new home by spring of 2019, according to Huettmann.
In addition to the athletes and the two teams, Coach Pat Hill’s proclamation challenging the country’s best college teams to play the Fresno State football team, “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” will also be honored.
“I’m extremely proud and honored to be included with this year’s inductees,” said Hill. “Fresno has a special place in my heart and I can’t think of a higher honor than to be part of this outstanding group of inductees.”
This year’s inductees join over 300 other athletes including Tom Seaver, Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Jackie White and Margie Wright.