Wood and acrylic plaque commemorating Ralph Neves of South San Francisco High School. who was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on May 16, 1990. Plaque includes image of Neves and a brief biography: "Jockey Ralph Neves, who was known as the Portuguese Pepperpot, is the only jockey in the history of horse racing who came back from the dead to ride 28 more years.
It happened in 1936 when Neves was riding at Bay Meadows Race Track in San Mateo. His horse went down on the far turn and Neves was badly injured. He was taken by ambulance to Mills Hospital and then transported to a mortuary. An old friend who was also a doctor followed him to the mortuary where he gave him an injection of adrenalin. Neves reportedly jumped up from the mortuary table, ran outside, hailed a cab and returned to Bay Meadows. He finished the season the next day and won top jockey honors at Bay Meadows.
Among the great horses Neves rode were Seabiscuit, Round Table and Native Diver. In 1957, he won the Bluegrass Stakes with Round Table and finished third in the Kentucky Derby.
A member of the Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the South San Franciscan won his share of major races in his 30-year career: the Santa Ana Derby, the Santa Ana Handicap, the Tanforan Handicap, the Hollywood Derby adn the San Juan Capistrano."
|Object Name||Plaque, Award|
|Collection||3D - Personal Symbols|
|Title||Ralph Neves Sports Hall of Fame Plaque|
|Date||May 16, 1990|
|Inscription Text||"*All our products are / custom manufactured of the / highest quality materials / Alpine / Awards / Inc. / Foster City..." (black green and gold square sticker, back top center, attatched diagonally)|
|Provenance||Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.|
|Dimensions||H-12 W-9 D-1 inches|
South San Francisco
Racetracks (Horse racing)