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New to the Hall of Fame



Twelve outstanding athletes from 10 sports are the new members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 1998. They will join nearly 300 current members in the Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Room in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, their names and pictures installed to honor their achievements.

The new members will be inducted at a dinner Jan. 22, 1999, in Burnham Pavilion. For information, phone (650) 723-4591.

"The Hall of Fame is a wonderful mechanism for showcasing the university's rich athletic heritage," said Jon Denney, associate athletic director. "This year's class is an example of the success that Stanford's student-athletes have achieved in a broad range of sports."

The members of the Class of 1998 are Jeff Ballard, baseball; Kimberly Belton, basketball; Guy Benjamin, football; Scott Fortune, volleyball; Vern Jones, wrestling; Todd Lichti, basketball; Duncan McColl, football; John Moffett, swimming; Alycia Moulton, tennis; PattiSue Plumer, track; Cathy Thaxton Tippett, rowing; and Nancy White-Lippe, field hockey.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1954 by the late Walt Gamage, sports editor of the Palo Alto Times, to honor Stanford's outstanding athletes. Trophies, pictures and memorabilia dating from the university's founding more than 100 years ago are on display. Featured in the room also are Stanford's four Sears Directors' Cups, awarded for having the nation's top broad-based athletic program. Stanford has won the Directors' Cup the past four consecutive years and four of the five times it has been awarded.

Athletes are eligible for Hall of Fame membership five years after their final competitive season, and coaches five years after completing their university service. Candidates must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in athletics or made other extraordinary contributions to Stanford sports. The following are highlights of the new members' athletic careers:

Jeff Ballard, baseball: One of Stanford's top pitchers; the all-time recordholder in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched, and second in saves. In his 1982-85 career, he was 37-15, with 12 saves and a 3.91 ERA, 316 strikeouts and 428 innings pitched. He was two-time First Team All-Pac-10, Second Team All-American.

Kimberly Belton, basketball: When he graduated in 1980, he was Stanford's all-time scoring (1,615 points) and rebounding (955) leader. A three-time All-Pac-8 selection, he set 11 school records, averaging 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. An Academic All-American, he was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1980 NBA draft.

Guy Benjamin, football: Quarterbacked Stanford to a
9-3 mark in 1977, including a Sun Bowl win over LSU. He led the NCAA in passing that year and ranks among Stanford's best with a career total of 5,946 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and a .604 completion percentage.

Scott Fortune, volleyball: Stanford's most-honored volleyball player, he was the only college player on the gold medal-winning 1988 U.S. Olympic team. A two-time First Team All-American, in 1989, he led Stanford to the NCAA championship match for the first time in school history.

Vern Jones, wrestling: Entering Stanford as an older freshman after World War II, he was undefeated for four straight years and winner of three conference titles while competing in several weight classes. Since his graduation in 1949 he has been a strong supporter of the wrestling program and was instrumental in getting it upgraded from club to varsity status in 1980.

Todd Lichti, basketball: The only Stanford basketball player to be named First Team All-Pac-10 for four straight seasons (1986-89). Stanford's all-time leading scorer with 2,336 points and a Second Team All-American in 1989, he was selected in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.

Duncan McColl, football: He and his father, Bill, are the only father-son All-America football combination in Stanford history. Both are in the Hall of Fame. Twice named First Team All-Pac-10, he led the conference in almost every defensive category in his final two seasons, en route to Second Team All-America in 1975 and First Team in 1976. He set records in 1976 for tackles-for-loss (26), and quarterback sacks (17) in 1975.

John Moffett, swimming: Former world recordholder and five-time NCAA champion from 1983 to 1986 in breaststroke, he helped Stanford win NCAA crowns in 1985 and '86. A member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams, he set a world record in the 100 breaststroke in '84.

Alycia Moulton, tennis: Four-time First Team All-American, NCAA singles champion in 1982 and AIAW doubles champion in 1979 and 1981, she was a member of Stanford's 1982 NCAA champion team, which went 20-0. After graduating, she had a successful professional career. Her highest ranking was 18 in 1984.

PattiSue Plumer, track: In 1988 and 1992 was part of the U.S. Olympic Teams, and NCAA champion in the 5000 meters in 1984. A nine-time All-American, twice in cross-country, she was Stanford's best in the 3000 and 5000 meters and at one time held the No. 1 world ranking in those events. She is the current world recordholder in the road mile with a time of 4.16:68, the former world best in the road 5k and former American record holder in
the 5k.

Cathy Thaxton Tippett, rowing: On four Olympic teams, beginning in 1976, and on the U.S. National Team for seven years, her highest international finish was second in the Lucerne International Regatta.

Nancy White-Lippe, field hockey: Two-time First Team All-American and member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, she was named Stanford's top female athlete in 1979-80.

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