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Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame

Stanford Cardinal
University Stanford University
Conference(s) Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA Division I / FBS
Athletics director Bernard Muir
Location Stanford, CA
Varsity teams 36
Football stadium Stanford Stadium
Basketball arena Maples Pavilion
Baseball stadium Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
Other arenas Taube Tennis Center
Mascot Stanford Tree (unofficial)
Nickname Cardinal
Fight song "Come Join The Band" (official)
"All Right Now" (de facto)
Colors Cardinal and White


Homepage Stanford Athletics

The Stanford Cardinal is the nickname of the athletic teams at Stanford University.

Nickname and mascot history

Following its win over Cal in the first-ever Big Game in 1892, the color cardinal was picked as the primary color of Stanford's athletic teams. White was adopted as a secondary color in the 1940s.

In 1930, the athletic department adopted the mascot "Indian." The Indian symbol and name were later dropped by President Richard Lyman in 1972, after objections from Native American students and a vote by the student senate.

From 1972 to 1981, the official nickname was the Cardinals. Despite the plural form of the name, the name was intended to refer to the color, not the bird.[1][2] During the 1970s, a number of suggestions were put forth as possible nicknames: Robber Barons (a sly reference to Leland Stanford's history), Sequoias, Trees, Railroaders, Spikes, Huns and Griffins. The last suggestion gained enough momentum to prompt the university to place two griffin statues near the athletic facilities.[1][2]

On November 17, 1981, school president Donald Kennedy declared that the athletic teams be represented by the color cardinal in its singular form.[2]

Stanford has no official mascot, but the Stanford Tree, a member of the Stanford Band wearing a self-designed tree costume, appears at major Stanford sports events. The Tree is based upon El Palo Alto, a redwood tree in neighboring Palo Alto that appears in the Stanford seal and athletics logo.

National championships

Through the Spring 2013 sports season, Stanford has won 117 national championships. Of these, 104 are NCAA team championships, second most among all universities (UCLA ranks first). 61 of the championships are in men's sports (third behind UCLA and USC) and 43 are in women's sports, the most of any university.[3] Stanford also holds the most NCAA D-I individual sport titles at 448 championships, followed by USC at 367, and Texas at 317.[3]

Stanford has won the NACDA Director's Cup for Division I, awarded annually to the college or university with the most success in collegiate athletics, for 19 consecutive years (1994-95 to 2012-13). In the Cup's inaugural year (the only year in which Stanford did not place first), Stanford placed second behind UNC-Chapel Hill.

Stanford has won national championships in the following sports (number of championships in parentheses, NCAA titles unless otherwise specified):[4]

  • Men's
    • Baseball (2) - 1987, 1988
    • Basketball (1-NCAA, 1-Helms) - 1942, 1937 (Helms)
    • Cross country (4) - 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
    • Golf (8) - 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1994, 2007
    • Football (2-Helms) - 1926, 1940
    • Gymnastics (5) - 1992, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2011
    • Swimming & diving (8) - 1967, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998
    • Tennis (17- NCAA, 1-unofficial) - 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 (1942-unofficial)
    • Outdoor track & field (4) - 1925, 1928, 1934, 2000
    • Volleyball (2) - 1997, 2010
    • Water polo (10- NCAA, 1-unofficial) - 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002 (1963-unofficial)

Total men's NCAA Championships: 61 (in 10 different men's team sports)

  • Women's
    • Basketball (2) - 1990, 1992
    • Cross country (5) - 1996, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
    • Rowing (1) - 2009
    • Swimming & diving (8-NCAA, 1-AIAW) - 1983, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 (1980-AIAW)
    • Synchronized swimming (7-U.S. Collegiate Championships) - 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013
    • Soccer (1) - 2011
    • Tennis (17- NCAA, 1-AIAW) - 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013 (1978-AIAW)
    • Volleyball (6) - 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004
    • Water polo (3) - 2002, 2011, 2012

Total women's NCAA Championships: 43 (in 8 different women's team sports)

  • Co-ed
    • Sailing - 1997 (ICRA championship)



Main article: Stanford Cardinal women's basketball


Men's golf

The men's golf team has won eight NCAA Championships: 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942 (co-champions), 1946, 1953, 1994, 2007. They have crowned two individual national champions: Sandy Tatum in 1942 and Tiger Woods in 1996. They have won seven Pac-12 Conference championships: 1960, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977 (south), 1992, 1994.[5]

Notable non-varsity sports


Stanford has fielded a college rugby team since 1906, and replaced football entirely until 1917. Stanford achieved one of the most surprising victories of American rugby's early history by beating a touring Australian club team in 1912.[6] Rugby remained a varsity sport at Stanford until 1977.[7] Despite the loss of varsity status, the Stanford Rugby Foundation covers many of the team's expenses from an endowment fund.

From 1996 to 1998 Stanford reached the national semifinals in three consecutive years, finishing second in 1998.[8] Stanford rugby plays in the California conference of D1-A college rugby. During the 2010-11 season, Stanford was champion of the Northern California conference, reached the national quarterfinals, and finished the season ranked 4th in D1-AA rugby.[9] Stanford were promoted to D1-A following the 2011-12 season. Rugby is one of the largest sports programs on campus with over 100 players.[10] Stanford Rugby is lead by Director of Rugby Matt Sherman, who has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's national team.[11]

Cal rivalry

Stanford has a traditional sports rivalry in the San Francisco Bay Area with the University of California, Berkeley.

Main article: Big Game (football)

Olympics representation

Stanford athletes have traditionally been very well represented at the Olympics.[12] In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Stanford sent 47 current or former student athletes, 32 of whom competed for the United States, 14 for other countries, and one as a coach for the United States softball team.[13] In all, Stanford athletes won 25 medals:[14] For the 2012 London Olympics, 39 athletes were from Stanford and 26 represented Team USA.[15]

Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame

The Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame was established on December 21, 1954. The brainchild of Walt Gamage, sports editor of the now-defunct Palo Alto Times, the first class of inductees consisted of 34 Stanford sports greats. New members are inducted annually and are recognized during halftime of a home Stanford football game. The Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Room is located on the first floor of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center on the Stanford campus.[16]

Sport Hall of Fame members
Baseball Mike Aldrete, Jeff Ballard, Bob Boone, Bobby Brown, Paul Carey, Joe Chez, Steve Davis, Bert Delmas, Mike Dotterer, Frank Duffy, Steve Dunning, Chuck Essegian, Dutch Fehring (coach), Warren Goodrich, Jeffrey Hammonds, Eric Hardgrave, Jim Hibbs, Ralph Holding, Ken Lilly, Jim Lonborg, Rick Lundblade, Mark Marquess (player and coach), David McCarty, Jack McDowell, Dave Melton, Lloyd Merriman, Pete Middlekauff, Bob Murphy, Mike Mussina, Larry Reynolds, Randy Rintala, Jack Shepard, Stan Spencer, Ed Sprague, Cook Sypher, Zeb Terry, Sandy Vance, Ray Young
Men's basketball Forrest Anderson, John Arrillaga, Kimberly Belton, Mike Bratz, John Bunn (coach), Don Burness, Bill Cowden, Howie Dallmar (player and coach), Ken Davidson, Tom Dose, Everett Dean (coach), Don Griffin, Art Harris, Keith Jones, Adam Keefe, Rich Kelley, Brevin Knight, Todd Lichti, Hank Luisetti, Nip McHose, Mike Montgomery (coach), Bryan "Dinty" Moore, Paul Neumann, Jim Pollard, John Revelli, Swede Righter, Harlow Rothert, George Selleck, Art Stoefen, Claude Terry, Ron Tomsic, Sebron "Ed" Tucker, Ed Voss, Jim Walsh, Don Williams, Howard Wright, George Yardley
Women's basketball Jennifer Azzi, Kristin Folkl, Sonja Henning, Jeanne Ruark Hoff, Olympia Scott, Kate Starbird, Katy Steding, Trisha Stevens, Val Whiting
Men's crew Dan Ayrault, James Fifer, Conn Findlay (coach), Duvall Hecht, Kent Mitchell, Edward P. Ferry, Kurt Seiffert
Women's crew Cathy Thaxton Tippett
Men's fencing Nick Bravin, Al Snyder
Field hockey Nancy White-Lippe
Football Frankie Albert, Frank Alustiza, Bruno Banducci, Benny Barnes, Guy Benjamin, John Brodie, Jackie Brown, George Buehler, Don Bunce, Chris Burford, Ernie Caddel, Gordy Ceresino, Jack Chapple, Bill Corbus, Murray Cuddeback, Ed Cummings, Dud DeGroot, Steve Dils, Pat Donovan, Mike Dotterer, John Elway, Chuck Evans, Skip Face, Hugh Gallarneau, Bobby Garrett, Ron George, Bobby Grayson, Bob "Bones" Hamilton, Ray Handley, Walt Heinecke, Tony Hill, Biff Hoffman, Brian Holloway, Dick Horn, Dick Hyland, Gary Kerkorian, Gordon King, Pete Kmetovic, Jim Lawson, Pete Lazetich, Vic Lindskog, James Lofton, John Lynch, Norm Manoogian, Ken Margerum, Ed McCaffrey, Bill McColl, Duncan McColl, Hal McCreery, Glyn Milburn, Phil Moffatt, Bob Moore, Sam Morley, Monk Moscrip, Wes Muller, Brad Muster, Darrin Nelson, Ernie Nevers, Blaine Nye, Don Parish, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, Seraphim Post, John Ralston (coach), Bob Reynolds, Don Robesky, Ken Rose, Harlow Rothert, John Sande III, Clark Shaughnessy (coach), Harry Shipkey, Ted Shipkey, Jeff Siemon, Bob Sims, Malcolm Snider, Norm Standlee, Roger Stillwell, Chuck Taylor (player, coach and athletic director), Dink Templeton, Keith Topping, Tommy Vardell, Randy Vataha, Garin Veris, Bill Walsh (coach), Glenn "Pop" Warner (coach), Gene Washington, Bob Whitfield, Paul Wiggin (player and coach), Dave Wyman
Men's golf Warren Berl, Bud Brownell, Bob Cardinal, Art Doering, Don Edwards, Bud Finger (coach), Lawson Little, Dick McElyea, Malcolm MacNaughton, Bob Rosburg, Charles Seaver, Steve Smith, Frank "Sandy" Tatum, Eddie Twiggs (coach), Tom Watson, Tiger Woods
Women's golf Larissa Fontaine, Shelley Hamlin, Kathleen McCarthy-Scrivner, Mhairi McKay, Anne Quast-Sander, Mickey Wright
Men's gymnastics Steve Hug, Jon Louis, Jair Lynch, Ted Marcy
Women's gymnastics Larissa Fontaine
Rugby Marty Feldman, Joe Neal, Dick Ragsdale
Skiing Bob Blatt
Men's soccer Klas Bergman, Harry Maloney (coach)
Women's soccer Jessica Fischer, Julie Foudy, Sarah Rafanelli
Softball Jessica Mendoza
Men's swimming and diving Bob Anderson, Ernie Brandsten (coach), Mike Bruner, Greg Buckingham, Emmet Cashin, Austin Clapp, Pete Desjardins, Dave Fall, John Ferris, Wade Flemons, James Gaughran, Paul Hait, George Harrison, Tom Haynie (coach), John Hencken, Marty Hull, Brian Job, Jeff Kostoff, John Moffett, Robin Moore, Pablo Morales, Jay Mortenson, Anthony Mosse, Sean Murphy, Wally O'Connor, Clarence Pinkston, Brian Retterer, Jeff Rouse, Dick Roth, Ralph Sala, Al White, Ted Wiget
Women's swimming and diving Marjorie Gestring Bowman, Sharon Stouder Clark, Marybeth Linzmeier Dorst, Catherine Fox, Sharon Geary Gee, George Haines (coach), Brenda Helser De Morelos, Misty Hyman, Jenna Johnson-Younker, Janel Jorgensen, Lea Loveless Maurer, Eileen Richetelli, Chris von Saltza Olmstead, Summer Sanders, Jenny Thompson, Susan Rapp von der Lippe
Men's tennis Joe Coughlin, Jim Davies, Laurence Dee, Jim Delaney, Bennett Dey, John Doeg, Jack Douglas, Jack Frost, Keith Gledhill, Dan Goldie, Dick Gould (coach), Alan Herrington, Cranston Holman, Alex Kim, Sam Lee, Alex Mayer, Tim Mayotte, Ralph McElvenny, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Matt Mitchell, R. Lindley Murray, Philip Neer, Alex O'Brien, Jared Palmer, Ted Schroeder, William Seward, Roscoe Tanner, James Wade, John Whitlinger
Women's tennis Jane Albert Willens, Julia Anthony, Sandra Birch, Frank Brennan (coach), Patty Fendick-McCain, Linda Gates, Debbie Graham, Carol Hanks, Julie Heldman, Barbara Jordan, Kathy Jordan, Meredith McGrath, Alycia Moulton, Lilia Osterloh
Track and field Terry Albritton, Gaylord Bryan, Carol Cady, Otis Chandler, Monal Chokshi, Ernie Cunliffe, Pam Dukes, Gordon Dunn, Hec Dyer, Ben Eastman, Ward Edmonds, Jackie Edwards, Lauren Fleshman, Tiny Hartranft, Brad Hauser, Bud Held, Ceci Hopp, Clyde Jeffrey, Payton Jordan (coach), Don Kardong, Bob King, Morris Kirksey, Sam Klopstock, Eric Krenz, Henri Laborde, Tracye Lawyer, Hugo "Swede" Leistner, James Lofton, Leo Long, John Lyman, Harry McCalla, Duncan Macdonald, Ray Malott, Bob Mathias, August Meier, Bill Miller, Ted Miller, PattiSue Plumer, Larry Questad, Jim Reynolds, Bill Richardson, Harlow Rothert, Kim Schnurpfeil-Griffin, Bud Spencer, Bob Stoecker, Dink Templeton (coach), Jack Weiershauser, Dave Weill, Alison Wiley Rochon, Pete Zagar
Men's volleyball Canyon Ceman, Scott Fortune, Dan Hanan, Michael Lambert, Jon Root
Women's volleyball Kristin Klein Keefe, Beverly Oden, Kim Oden, Wendi Rush, Lisa Sharpley-Vanacht, Don Shaw (coach), Teresa Smith-Richardson, Logan Tom, Kerri Walsh, Cary Wendell Wallin
Men's water polo James Bergeson, Doug Burke, Jody Campbell, Austin Clapp, Dante Dettamanti (coach), Chris Dorst, Charles K. Fletcher, John Gansel, James Gaughran, Marty Hull, Craig Klass, Drew McDonald, Alan Mouchawar, Wally O'Connor, John Parker, Gary Sheerer, Ted Wiget
Women's water polo Ellen Estes, Brenda Villa
Wrestling Vern Jones
Service Ted Leland (athletic director), Al Masters (athletic director)


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