Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame inductees named

Women’s professional tennis legend Billie Jean King, football stars Craig Morton and Dave Casper, and pitching great Gaylord Perry have been elected to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, BASHOF president Thomas Martz announced Wednesday.

The quartet will be honored at BASHOF’s 30th annual enshrinement banquet March 9 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, joining 129 previous inductees.

King was an innovative leader in advancing women’s tennis, helping start the formation of the professional Virginia Slims Tour and the Women’s Tennis Association. The 12-time Grand Slam winner also helped start the Women’s Sports Foundation in San Mateo in 1974.

In 1964, his senior year at Cal, Morton surpassed virtually every existing school passing record as an All-America quarterback. He wound up a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL and embarked on an 18-year professional career that included stints with the Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. He appeared in two Super Bowls.

Nicknamed “the Ghost” after the cartoon character also named Casper, Dave Casper played 10 seasons for the Raiders, establishing himself among the NFL’s most dangerous receivers at tight end. He was a member of the Raiders’ Super Bowl champion teams of 1977 and 1981, and scored the team’s first touchdown in Super Bowl XI on a pass from Ken Stabler.

Perry began his 22-year major-league career with the Giants in 1962. Before the decade had ended, he and Juan Marichal had formed a 1-2 pitching punch comparable to the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Perry’s breakout season was 1969, when he finished with a record of 21-8, the first of four 20-win seasons he would enjoy. He won 134 games in 10 years with the Giants and would later have his No. 36 jersey retired.

For reservations and further information on BASHOF’s enshrinement banquet, contact the BASHOF office at (415) 296-5607 or visit www.bashof.org.

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