About the Hall of Fame
In recognition of the many individual contributions to athletics, the Tacoma Athletic Commission established the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 1960. Commissioned by then-governor Albert Rosellini, the shrine was originated by Clay Huntington, a long-time Northwest sportscaster and radio station owner.
Sports Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their outstanding sports accomplishments and contributions that have brought national acclaim to themselves and to the state of Washington. A distinguished panel nominates a number of candidates annually who in turn are voted to the shrine by top sportswriters and sportscasters from throughout the state.