The San Pedro Sportswalk to the Waterfront – San Pedro, California’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame – will have its annual induction ceremony on October 10, 2011 at 10 a.m. in San Pedro’s historic downtown district. The ceremony will recognize this year’s great athletic inductees with the installation of bronze plaques into the sidewalk of downtown San Pedro on Sixth Street between Palos Verdes and Centre Street.
Immediately following at the same location is a noon luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Ticket reservations are $55 and can be made by calling the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce at (310) 832-7272.
This year’s six inductees include:
Jack Bogdanovich – A celebrated high school basketball player and community college coach, Jack Bogdanovich was the San Pedro Athlete of the Year and made the All L.A. City Basketball Team in 1959 while playing for San Pedro High School. As a coach, Bogdanovich was the head basketball coach for Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif. from 1983 – 1998, with an overall record of 411 wins, 91 loses, and three State Championships. Bogdanovich is this year’s Trani Award winner for contribution to local athletics.
Dan Guerrero – The current Director of Athletics for UCLA (2002), Dan Guerrero is also the current president of the Division I Athletic Directors Association. He also played baseball for UCLA in the early 1970s. In Guerrero's eight years as athletic director, UCLA teams have won 20 NCAA team titles (the highest total in the nation in that span) in 11 different sports, finished second 16 times and have had an additional 28 Top Five finishes (64 total). UCLA stands as the No. 1 University in the nation for NCAA team championships (106) won, a number that continues to grow under his direction. A staggering 152 teams (of 184 possible) have qualified for NCAA post-season competition and the football team has appeared in seven bowl games.
Pat Haden – The current Director of Athletics for USC (2010), Pat Haden quarterbacked the USC to three Rose Bowl appearances and two national championships and was named co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 1988, and the National High School and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1995. A six-year veteran of the NFL, he played with the Los Angeles Rams from 1976-81. He was the Rams' 1976 Rookie of the Year, was named to the Pro Bowl in 1977 and was named the NFC Player of the Year in 1977 by the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club.
John Matesich – With 55 years of public safety service in San Pedro, Calif., and South Bay beaches as a lifeguard, John Matesich is possibly the oldest active beach lifeguard in the U.S. Matesich holds 53 National Titles in age group competition for swimming, paddling, rowing, running, and surf ski, with 24 Silver & 13 Bronze finishes. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records as a member of a group of seven South Bay paddlers who set a record for an English Channel crossing.
George Lusic – A graduate of San Pedro High School (1972), George Lusic went on to pitch for the Atlanta Braves organization (1972-1978). At San Pedro High School, Lusic was All-City First Team (1971, 1972) and All-Marine League Player of the Year (1971). He also was a three-year varsity baseball and basketball player. The Atlanta Braves drafted Lusic out of high school as the 33rd overall pick in the nation in the 1972 MLB June Amateur Draft. He played on various farm teams in the Braves organization, including the Wytheville Braves (Rookie League), Greenwood Braves (Class A), Peninsula Pennants (Class A), Savannah Braves (Class AA), and the Richmond Braves (Class AAA), where he won the International League Championship (1978).
Maureen O'Toole – Widely regarded worldwide as the greatest female water polo player of all time, Maureen O'Toole began her water polo career 23 years ago at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., playing on a boys water polo team because a girls team did not exist. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Women's National Team 15 times, U.S. Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year five times and World Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year six times. She has been named to the All-American Team for U.S. Water Polo a record 28 times. She came out of retirement in 2000 to play for the U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team in Sydney, Australia, where she led the team to a silver medal.