SAN JOSE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: CLASS OF 2012
After excelling as a three-sport athlete at Santa Clara's now-defunct Buchser High, Bartkowski became an All-American at Cal in football and baseball. He was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick in 1975 by Atlanta. He quarterbacked the Falcons to their first playoff appearance and victory in 1978. He was selected twice to the Pro Bowl and was the NFL's leading passer in 1980. He still holds many Falcons records and is in the team's "Ring of Honor."
Born and raised in San Jose, Chastain is an iconic soccer name internationally. She led Archbishop Mitty to three CCS titles and was named 1990 NCAA player of the year at Santa Clara University, where she helped the Broncos reach two College Cup semifinals. During her 192-game career with the U.S. national team, she won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles. In 1999, she clinched the United States' World Cup championship at the Rose Bowl with a dramatic penalty kick against China.
A graduate of James Lick High in San Jose, Maltbie won the 1972 California State Amateur title and attended San Jose City College and San Jose State before joining the PGA Tour. He was named rookie of the year in 1975 and went on to win five Tour events, including the
Willy T. Ribbs
As the first African-American to qualify and race in the Indianapolis 500, the pioneering Ribbs is a significant name in motor sports history. He graduated from San Jose's James Lick High before moving to England in 1977 and launching a stellar driving career. In 1981, he returned to the United States and was named Trans-Am Rookie of the Year. In 1987 and 1988, he was selected IMSA GTO Driver of the Year. He broke Indy's color barrier in 1991 by qualifying for the 500 with sponsorship help from entertainer Bill Cosby.
-- MARK PURDY