Former major-league player and manager Larry Bowa and former Olympic track star Evelyn Ashford head the 2016 class for the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.
Joining Bowa and Ashford at Saturday’s induction ceremony at Thunder Valley’s Pano Hall will be baseball’s Jerry Manuel and Jerry Royster, and mixed martial arts fighter Urijah Faber.
▪ Bowa (McClatchy High, Sacramento City College) made five All-Star teams in his 16 seasons with the Phillies, Cubs and Mets. He also managed six years for the Padres and Phillies and was the National League Manager of the Year in 2001.
▪ Ashford (Roseville High), a five-time Olympian, won gold medals in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. She also won gold medals in the 4x100 relay in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 and in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992. She also won the silver medal in the 100 meters in Seoul.
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▪ Manuel (Cordova High) played parts of five seasons with the Tigers, Expos and Padres. He also managed for nine seasons (White Sox, Mets) and was the American League Manager of the Year in 2000.
▪ Royster (Sacramento High) played 16 seasons for the Dodgers, Braves, Padres, White Sox and Yankees. He managed the Brewers in 2002.
▪ Faber (Lincoln High, UC Davis), 33-8 as an MMA fighter, is a former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champ.