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Salute to the Champions - February 23, 2015

Even when he was at Valhalla and Christian High Schools, Clark was making a name for himself, setting section records in baseball and basketball. After a 15-year major league career, Clark was named the executive director for the Major League Baseball Players Association.

A multi-sport star at Oceanside High, Chambliss (this year’s veteran selection) went on a 17-year major league baseball career during which time he compiled a .279 batting average with 185 home runs and 972 RBI.  He won World Series titles with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and four more times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000) as a coach.

Known simply as LT, Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards, scored 145 touchdowns and 972 points with all but two years of his 11-year career coming with the Chargers. Tomlinson was the face of the Chargers, especially when he scored 31 touchdowns in a magical 2006 season when the Chargers went 14-2.


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.