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Image of 2017.010.001 - Richard "Rink" Babka Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2017. Rectangular brushed metal plaque attached to laminate wood grain board with copper colored brads.  Hole drilled in top center of wood portion. Peninsula Sports logo in upper left corner of metal portion - green trophy cup surrounded by blue stars - "2017 Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame." 
 
Photo of Richard Babka in upper right corner of metal inset. Interior background, man with white hair, receding hairline holding a medal, wearing gray pin-striped suit and brown striped tie with white button down shirt.
 
Text under logo and photo reads "Richard 'Rink' Babka  /  Palo Alto High School/Menlo College  /  Inducted April 13, 2017  /  It is often a cliche to state that a prep athlete is a man among boys. In the case of Richard  /  'Rink' Babka, the phrase definitely applies. He was all that and more at Palo Alto High  /  in the early 1950s. Big, strong and athletic, he was a four-sport pillar of strength for the  /  Vikings. Over time, his specialty became the discus. As a prep, he was the California  /  Athlete of the Year. He was a champion discus thrower at the high school, junior college  /  and NCAA collegiate levels. As a world-class discus thrower, he captured a silver medal  /  for the U.S. in the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. The first discus-thrower to exceed  /  200 feet, he was a four-time world record-holder. His personal best was a herculean toss  /  of 217 feet, 8 inches. He retired from competition in 1968." (Name and school bold text, all caps, induction date bold cursive, biography case sensitive)
 
 
Sponsorship information below biography.  Text included in inscription field.

2017.010.001 - Richard "Rink" Babka Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2017. Rectangular brushed metal plaque attached to laminate wood grain board with copper colored brads. Hole drilled in top center of wood portion. Peninsula Sports logo in upper left corner of metal portion - green trophy cup surrounded by blue stars - "2017 Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame." Photo of Richard Babka in upper right corner of metal inset. Interior background, man with white hair, receding hairline holding a medal, wearing gray pin-striped suit and brown striped tie with white button down shirt. Text under logo and photo reads "Richard 'Rink' Babka / Palo Alto High School/Menlo College / Inducted April 13, 2017 / It is often a cliche to state that a prep athlete is a man among boys. In the case of Richard / 'Rink' Babka, the phrase definitely applies. He was all that and more at Palo Alto High / in the early 1950s. Big, strong and athletic, he was a four-sport pillar of strength for the / Vikings. Over time, his specialty became the discus. As a prep, he was the California / Athlete of the Year. He was a champion discus thrower at the high school, junior college / and NCAA collegiate levels. As a world-class discus thrower, he captured a silver medal / for the U.S. in the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. The first discus-thrower to exceed / 200 feet, he was a four-time world record-holder. His personal best was a herculean toss / of 217 feet, 8 inches. He retired from competition in 1968." (Name and school bold text, all caps, induction date bold cursive, biography case sensitive) Sponsorship information below biography. Text included in inscription field.

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