ABOUT THE BREITBARD HALL OF FAME
The Breitbard Hall of Fame, established in 1953 by Robert Breitbard, honors athletes who have excelled athletically in San Diego or who are native San Diegans and have achieved athletic fame elsewhere. Since 1953, the Breitbard Hall of Fame has inducted 140 members representing 20 sports. The Hall of Fame’s charter member is Harold “Brick” Muller, a standout for the “Wonder Boy” Cal Berkeley football teams of 1920, 1921 & 1922.
New members are inducted each February at the Salute to the Champions dinner. The Breitbard Hall of Fame originally stemmed from the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, founded in 1946. After initially awarding only Stars of the Month, and then Stars of the Year, the Foundation decided upon a career achievement award, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame was born. To be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame is the ultimate accolade for a local athlete.
2017 BREITBARD HOF INDUCTEES
Salute to the Champions - February 21, 2017
From draft to retirement Hardwick played center for the San Diego Chargers. Hardwick started all 14 games his rookie season and all 16 games his last two seasons. He was named the Chargers 50th Anniversary team.
Wiggins is the first women's basketball player to be inducted in to the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Wiggins is a hometown hero having began her career at La Jolla Country Day School. She set the Stanford University and Pac-10 career scoring records.
Ritchey, a San Diego High graduate, broke the Pacific Coast League color barrier in 1948. Ritchey played for the San Diego Padres. He led the league in batting in1952 with a .343 average. Ritchey retired in 1956 and passed away in 2003.