Honoring the Past     Celebrating the Present     Inspiring the Future
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The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of our great athletes and community leaders and telling their stories to inspire others to achieve success in their own lives.


Today we have over 400 individual and team inductees recognizing the accomplishments of the best of the best in Fresno County Athletes. The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, which will soon be located at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus, is a non-profit organization that depends upon the support of the community and local businesses.

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History

The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1958 by John Voenes, the original chairman of the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and Ed Orman, Sports Editor for the Fresno Bee.

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Our mission, from our inception, as it remains today, is to honor and remember the past accomplishments of our Fresno County athletes, to annually celebrate the enshrinement of our new inductees and to provide inspiration to our youth so they too can become all they can be in their lives.

Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
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In Memoriam
In Memoriam
Satoshi "Fibber" Hirayama

At 5'3" and weighing 140 pounds, Satoshi "Fibber" Hirayama is considered the greatest pound-for-pound athlete in Fresno State history. Hirayama grew up in Exeter and was a two-sport star for the Monarchs: football and baseball. He would also play both of those sports at Fresno State, lettering in football from 1949-1951 and in baseball from 1950-1952.

A three-time all-conference player in baseball for the Bulldogs, Hirayama was on that 1951 team that went 36-4. He stole 36 bases during that 1951 season, five of which came in a single game against Cal Poly.

Years later, Hirayama would play for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan where he was a two-time all-star.

In 2017, Fresno State retired the No. 3 jersey that Hirayama wore during his Bulldog career.

There is a story about how Hirayama earned the nickname, "Fibber." Supposedly, when he was very young, he could not pronounce "February." That was the month in which he was born. He said, "Fibber" instead of "February" and the nickname stuck.

Fibber Hirayama was a 1989 inductee into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away on September 15th, 2021 at the age of 91.

 

In Memoriam
Gene "Red" Estes

When Gene "Red" Estes took over as head coach of the Fresno State track & field team in the early 1980s, he had some pretty big shoes to fill: his predecessor was Dutch Warmerdam.

Estes worked alongside Warmerdam for years, having served as an assistant coach on his staff since 1964. Beginning in that same year, he was also the Bulldogs' head cross country coach.

Estes made his own mark on both programs.

From 1983-1992, Red Estes led Fresno State to ten consecutive Big West Conference championships in track & field. In nine of those ten years, he was named the conference's coach of the year. He won eleven championships total in track & field, while also winning four conference championships in cross country.

Estes retired in 2000. In his decades-long career, seven of the athletes he coached won national championships and more than 100 of them were named all-Americans.

A 2000 inductee into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Red Estes was a 2010 inductee into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away on September 29th, 2021.

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OUR MISSION: TO INSPIRE THE FUTURE!

We hope to empower and to encourage our community members to realize that through commitment, hard work, and dedication anybody can achieve their goals and their own individual levels of greatness in life. As with any team sport, our community will thrive with the combined efforts of individuals. We support, encourage, and motivate one another to achieve success.

Just as our outstanding athletes have achieved success with the support and guidance of family, coaches, and mentors, our youth and the future of our community will also require guidance, life coaches, and mentors to thrive. You can become a mentor by contributing to the success of our exhibit and providing a place where children can be inspired and motivated to overcome the negative influences in their lives and to realize the opportunities that they have available to achieve greatness in their own way.

The Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of our great athletes and community leaders and telling their stories to inspire others to achieve success in their own lives.

HELP US REALIZE OUR VISION

The future home of Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame, will soon be located at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus. We are a non-profit organization that depends upon the support of the community and local businesses. You can become a proud participant by pledging your financial support today!

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THE FUTURE
THE FRESNO COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors
  • Gordie Webster, President
  • Tim Leary, Vice President
  • Bill Chaltraw, Treasurer/Secretary
  • Jean Ainger
  • Gena Strang-Behrens
  • Walt Byrd, Jr.
  • Diane Carbray
  • Jeanne Contel
  • Steve Darnell
  • Dick Ellsworth
  • John Higginbotham
  • Tom Kane
  • Andrew Marden
  • Pat Ogle
  • Donna Pickel
  • Tom Sommers
  • Ron Thomas
  • Shelly Van Houwelingen
  • Jackie White
  • Auxiliary Board Members
  • Mark Cameron
  • Joe Cooper
  • Kellie Deyer
  • Pete Esraelian
  • Bill McEwen
  • Tom McFerson
  • Jim Pardini
  • Casey Rowe
  • Jim Sandrini
  • Chris Torrence
  • Mike Watney
  • Rod Webster
  • Jim Yovino
  • DeWayne Zinkin
  • Committee Chairs
  • Walt Byrd, Jr., Capital Campaign
  • TBD, Dinner Committee
  • Diane Carbray & Jean Ainger, Women’s Conference
  • Tom Kane, Peter G. Mehas Memorial Scholarship
  • Pat Ogle, Individual Selection Committee
  • Jeanne Contel, Team Selection Committee
Honoring the Past
Celebrating the Present
Inspiring the Future