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Catalog Number 2009.030.075
Description Wood and acrylic plaque commemorating Walt Gilliam of San Mateo High School who was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on June 21, 2007. Plaque includes image of Gilliam and a brief biography: "He was called "The Gentle Giant." And for good reason. Walt Gilliam, whose lanky 6-6 frame towered over most rivals on the golf course, was a kind, considerate fellow who became, arguably, San Mateo County's first great golfer in the 1930's. As an amateur, he captured tournaments in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and on the Peninsula. He came within an eyelash of qualifying for the U.S. Open in 1955. In 1965, he was named Amateur of the Year. He was inducted into the Northern California Golf Hall of Fame in 2005."
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Walt Gilliam Sports Hall of Fame Plaque
Date June 21, 2007
Inscription Text "Alpine / Awards / & Imprinted Sportswear, Inc. / Foster City Union City Concord..." (medium-size rectangular green and gold sticker, back top center.)
Provenance Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1 inches
Search Terms Sports
San Mateo
San Mateo High School
Golf
Gilliam, Walt
Subjects Sports
Awards
Athletes
Golf
Golfers
People Gilliam, Walt