1999 Inductees


Rod Belcher was an outstanding Northwest radio and TV sports broadcaster for over 50 years. He covered UW sports, Major League and Pacific Coast League baseball, Seattle University basketball in the “O’Brien era, hydroplane races and other major NW events. Voted State of Washington Sportscaster of the Year for three consecutive years during his tenture as KING-TV sports director. Radio voice of the San Francisco 49’ers for one year and a color commentator on the 1964 NBC-TV Rose Bowl telecast.

1999 Inductees

Called Tacoma’s all-purpose ambassador and sports treasure, his radio and television sportscasting career extended over 55 years. He also was a sports writer with several local daily newspapers including The Tacoma Times. He was one of the founders of the Tacoma Athletic Commission in the 1940’s. His signature feat was establishing the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

MAC WILKINS — Track & Field
1999 Inductees

One of the State’s outstanding track and field champions, Mac Wilkins is the holder of numerous records including All-America discus honors at the University of Oregon in 1972 & 73, and Olympic Gold Medalist in 1976 and Silver Medalist in 1984. He was ranked first in the world in 1976 and 1980, a four time world record holder, eight time U.S. National Champion in discus throw, and National Champion 1977 in shot put. Mac was elected to the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1993 and still holds the world’s best combined results for discus, shot put, javelin and hammer throw. He is a member of State prep Championship team at Tacoma’s Clover Park High School in 1968.