Monday, October 15, 2018

Help Us Realize Our Vision

Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame
A bold partnership between the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, Fresno State and the Fresno County Office of Education was formed to establish a presence for the FCAHOF in the Save Mart Center at Fresno State. 

The lives of generations of children and families will be enriched through the amazing stories of the men and women enshrined in the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. Our new home in the Save Mart Center will help in teaching the ethical values inherent in sports through lessons in trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.  

Located in the southwest corner of the Save Mart Center, this interactive educational exhibit will inspire future generations of athletes, coaches, and community leaders and deepen their sense of community pride. 

Sponsorship of individual stations such as the interactive video wall or individual interactive kiosks include a recognition emblem which will be engraved on metal and displayed on each unit. Each of our sponsors will be recognized and listed on our Donor Wall which will be placed in a prominent position within the exhibit. Sponsors contributing $20,000 or more will also be included in the video message board. Each looping video segment will include and feature their products and/or services. 

The future home of Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, will soon be located at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus. The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that depends upon the support of the community and local businesses. You can become a proud participant by pledging your financial support today! 

For additional information about how you can get involved and support our effort please call us at (559) 448-0677 or email us at

Monday, September 3, 2018

Be Our Guest

Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame

The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame is celebrating its 60th Annual Induction Dinner & Fundraiser on November 1, 2018 at The Fresno Convention Center Valdez Hall. This dinner honors the athletic excellence of those from our local area.

FCAHOF 2018 Inductees

This year's inductees are:
Logan Mankins - Football
John Carbray - Community Leader
Shelly Stokes - Softball
Pat Hill - Football Coaching
Dot Jones - Track & Field
The 1959 Fresno State Baseball Team
The 2008 Fresno State Baseball Team

Fundraiser includes a live auction and raffle. Doors open at 5:30, dinner is served at 7:00. Sponsorship packages beginning at $1500 are available now. Individual tickets are $100 and will be available beginning September 4th.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fresno Rockets Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame
The Fresno Rockets softball team was started in 1946 by Dutch Chandler and Kermit Lynch, former players for the World Champion Hammer Field Raiders softball team. 

In 1946 the team was initially called the Fresno San Joaquins, then the Fresno Roma Girls, and in 1947 they were named the Fresno Rockets by Ed Orman, sports editor for the Fresno Bee. 

Many of the players were local, but Dutch and Kermit went to the Bay Area to recruit some of the players from the disbanded Alameda Girls championship team, namely Kay Rich and Bernice Amaral. 

Photographer Courtesy of FCAHOF
Members of the original team were Jean Everest, Delores Littlefield, Mary Rider, Doris Voss, Etta Nickels, Ginny Busick, Alice Pallici, Vera Miller, Nadine Nichols, Pat Richmond, Rene Huber, Eleanor Miller, Betty Malm, Barbara Jigouleff, Alyce Anderson, and Rich and Amaral. 

The Rockets played in the Pacific Coast Women’s Softball League that included teams from Portland, Orange, Buena Park, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Huntington Park and Whittier. 

World tournaments were the goal of all teams and the Rockets got to see the U.S.A. via automobile while traveling to tournament sites in Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto Canada, Orange, Florida, Portland, Connecticut and Buena Park. 

The Rockets were dominant in the 50’s winning A.S.A. World Championships in 1953, 1954 and 1957. These teams were inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. Several players have been inducted into the A.S.A. Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City: Ginny Busick, Kay Rich, Gloria May and Jeanne Contel. These four plus Vera Miller are in the FAHOF. Many young women wore the Rocket uniform until the team disbanded in the early seventies.

In 2014, The Fresno Bee caught up with some of the 
The Fresno Rockets' Team Members.

Surviving members of the first team are Kay Rich, Etta Nickels Weaver and Eleanor Miller. Rich and Miller were in attendance at the 2016 Enshrinement Dinner. 

Each year some of the former members attend the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and then meet the following day for a reunion. This year they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fresno Rockets.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Continued Success at the Fresno County Fairgrounds

The Big Fresno Fair

Two years ago, the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame was approached by the Big Fresno Fair about becoming a partner in an exciting new project at the Fairgrounds. The Fair Board had seen the need for a museum to display the rich heritage of Fresno County for future generations. The new Fresno County Historical Museum was recently completed and our Board eagerly accepted the challenge of creating a display that would tell our story and bring the rich legacy of athletics alive Fresno County. 

The Big Fresno Fair

The first step of the process was to reach out too our past inductees for memorabilia to illustrate our legacy for visitors to the fairgrounds. The response was overwhelming. Our past inductees graciously provided amazing memorabilia that had far too long been packed away in garages and attics. 

The success of this project certainly underscores the importance of a permanent home for the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in our community. We would like to thank our sponsors for their ongoing support of our efforts to make a positive difference in our community.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ex-Bulldog Helps Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame

Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame
Kevin Goessling is our new Director of Development. He is spearheading the Capital Campaign to raise enough money to create a fully interactive presence for the Hall of Fame at the Fresno State Save Mart Center. 

The project is a partnership between the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, Fresno State and the Fresno County Office of Education. 

Establishing a permanent home for the FCAHOF has been a longtime goal of the organization and in particular Pete Mehas, the California State University Board of Trustees member and former Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent who died in 2013 after serving more than two decades as president. Mehas’ death sparked the FAHOF’s Board of Directors to fulfill his vision, according to current president, Walter Byrd Jr. 

“When (Mehas) passed away, suddenly, we re-energized around what the core values of what the Hall of Fame are: presence in the community and inspiring the future,” Byrd said. “This is by far the biggest effort the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame has ever made to establish a presence in this community.” 

Every year since 1959, the FCAHOF has held an Enshrinement Dinner to honor the newest class of inductees. However, there has never been an actual Hall of Fame for people to visit. Access has been limited to exhibits, including one at The Big Fresno Fair Museum that houses photos and memorabilia displays representing the 300-plus inductees. 

What the FCAHOF and its partners have in mind isn’t a typical Hall of Fame that stands as a monument to the past. Instead, they are aiming to build something that benefits future generations. Of course, there will be photos and memorabilia representing Fresno County’s rich athletic tradition. However, the primary thrust is educational. What’s envisioned are learning modules with video and audio designed around character-building traits such as perseverance, teamwork and goal-setting taken from the lives of past inductees. 

To schedule a meeting with Kevin to discuss your donation to the Capital Campaign, feel free to call the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame office at (559) 448-0677 or email us at