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The following information is derived from various general and Web sources. While believed to be correct, the Oregon Blue Book does not attempt to verify the accuracy of this information.


  Willamette University football team Bill Walton Bill Bowerman Don Schollander
  In Hawaii to play in the 1941 Shrine Bowl, the Willamette University football team was stranded by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The team helped out by stringing barbed wire along Waikiki Beach and toting rifles before they finally got a ride on a ship to the mainland weeks later. Before injuries took their toll, basketball center Bill Walton made his mark by leading the Portland Trailblazers to their only NBA championship in 1977. The colorful Grateful Dead follower could do it all: score, defend, rebound, block shots, and pass. He later became a TV sports commentator. During Bill Bowerman's 24 years as University of Oregon coach, the track and field team had 23 winning seasons, 4 NCAA championships, and 16 national top 10 records. His track shoe inventions also played a key role in the birth of what became the Nike shoe company. Lake Oswego swimming phenomenon Don Schollander won four gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and landed on the cover of Life magazine. For good measure, he won another gold and a silver medal in the 1968 Olympics before entering the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
  Katy Steding Terry Baker Black cowboy Ralph Miller
  Basketball star Katy Steding won both All-American and Academic All-American honors at Lake Oswego High School before leading Stanford to the national title in 1990. A four-time Pac-10 all-star, she also played on the 1996 gold medal USA Olympic basketball team. Oregon State University football quarterback Terry Baker was the state's first Heisman Trophy winner. Baker won the prize in 1962 after he led the nation with 2,276 yards of total yards. Among his other honors were the Maxwell Award and AP and UPI player of the year. Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs wrote a book entitled "Last Go Round" about the 1911 Pendleton Roundup in which three cowboys (a black man, a Nez Perce Indian, and a young white boy) competed for the first world broncbusting crown. The "Old West" spirit is revealed in the telling. Crusty Hall of Fame basketball coach Ralph Miller led the Oregon State University team to four conference championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 19 years. His 657 career victories rank him near the top all-time for college coaches.
  Steve Prefontaine A.C. Gilbert Dan Fouts Scott Brosius
  Oregon track legend Steve Prefontaine was the first athlete ever to win four consecutive NCAA titles in the same event, the 5,000 meters. By the time of his death in a 1975 car crash, Prefontaine held the American record in every event from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Two movies have been made of his life. Salem native A.C. Gilbert was a true renaissance man. He won the gold medal in the pole vault in the 1908 Olympics as a start. He then went on to earn a medical degree, perform magic tricks, win over 150 patents, invent toy erector sets, and found a big toy manufacturing business. University of Oregon football quarterback Dan Fouts put up big numbers while playing for the Ducks and for San Diego in the NFL. The Hall of Famer was the first NFL quarterback ever to throw for over 4,000 yards in back to back seasons and only the third to total more than 40,000 yards in a career. Playing for the legendary New York Yankees baseball team, Hillsboro native Scott Brosius was an American League All Star in 1998, a Gold Glove winner in 1999, and a member of three World Series championship teams. He was the 1998 World Series Most Valuable Player, hitting for a .471 average.


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