TC Martin, founder of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame (SSHOF), introduced the first class of inductees into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. The nominees include legends that are forever rooted in Sacramento’s pop-culture.
Opening, Martin explained that him and his partner Jim Hanzalik with WorldOne Presents had always wanted to do something like this and wondered why nobody else had started this before now. After a number of calls to various sports legends in the Sacramento area, including Dusty Baker and Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame was founded.
Referring to the 56 nominees Martin said, “It was time for them to be recognized and so the goal here was to publicly acknowledge and recognize the great individual talent that we have here in Sacramento, Calif.”
Present in the audience were baseball greats Leron Lee, Rowland Office, and Jerry Royster, along with boxing hero Loreto Garza.
Voting for the nominees took place between November 20 and December 20, where Sacramento area sports fans were able to cast their votes online for their favorite sports legend.
Fans were allowed to vote for their top five sports figures from a list of 56 nominees that spanned generations of Sacramento superstars. Over 7,300 votes were cast with fans ultimately selecting the inductees.
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