Hall of Fame Celebrates Oakland’s History Making Athletes

Hall of Fame inductees at the first annual Oakland Athletic League program. Sitting from left to right: Lawrence Powles (son of George Powles), Jim Hines, William Patterson, Judy Pace Flood (wife of Kurt Flood) and Rev. Greg Payton (older brother of Gary Payton); Standing left to right: Russell White (OAL commissioner), Darlene Miller (athletic director at Fremont High School), Maye Powles (daughter of George Powles), Jumoke Hinton-Hodge (School Board, District 3), Charles and Kiana Smith (children of Lola Smith), Ben Visnick (teacher), Johnny Lorigo (former OAL director), Chris Dobbins (OAL committe member). Photo by Z’ma Wyatt.

The Oakland Athletic League (OAL) held a Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Saturday at the Oracle Arena to honor some of the stars who represent the city’s rich athletic heritage. The inaugural event honored Oakland’s homegrown high school athletes who became national and global icons in their respective sports. Inductees were Don Budge (posthumously), Curt Flood (posthumously), Rickey Henderson, Jim Hines, Jackie Jensen (posthumously), Joe Morgan, Zoe Ann Olson, Gary Payton, George Powles (posthumously), Frank Robinson, Bill Russell and Lola Smith (posthumously). “The inductees for the inaugural class of the OAL Hall of Fame represent some of the best his city has to offer and demonstrate that Oakland Public Schools can provide a foundation for world-class performance on and off the field,” said Chris Dobbins, Oakland Board of Education director and chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
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