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Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame names its inductees for the 2024 class

Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame

SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) -- The best of the Salinas Valley are once again being recognized at the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2024 Class features athletes from multiple sports, coaches, educators and a special nod to the 1964 Salinas High School Boys Basketball Team.

Here is the list of the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024

  • Robin Baggett: Salinas High School grad, Cal Poly Baseball - Baggett was a three-sport athlete at Salinas High before settling in baseball at Arizona State, Hartnell and at Cal Poly. The organizers at the hall say Baggett played on one of Cal Poly's best baseball teams, with Baggett boasting a fielding percentage of .990. His pitching staff holds several school records, including lowest ERA and most shutouts in a season. Beyond his contributions on the diamond, Baggett says he and his wife Michelle are supporters of AIM for Youth Mental Health and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey and Napa counties, helping raise money for charity auctions. Adding "It would certainly be an honor to join my uncle, Gene Robertson, and my past coaches in the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame."
  • Jennifer Barrett: Gonzales native, Paralympic Champion - Barrett represented the United States in 1996 at the games in Atlanta and the 2000 games in Sydney. Barrett won the bronze in shot-put and gold in discus at the Atlanta games while securing bronze and silver medals at Sydney. Barrett won two gold medals competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Birmingham in 1998.
  • David Fales: Palma High, Football standout: David Fales was born and raised in Salinas and a 2009 Graduate of Palma High School. The quarterback had stints at the University of Nevada and MPC before signing up with San Jose State and winning the Military Bowl as a Spartan in 2012 and the first for SJSU since 2006. Fales would go on to get drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2014 and was the first quarterback from SJSU to play in the NFL since Jeff Garcia.
  • John Flannery: Salinas native, CCS Champion, PGA Tour Golfer- John Flannery attended USC where he was an All-American Collegiate golfer turned pro in 1985. He played on the PGA Tour in 1993 and 1994. He was also All MBL for 4 years and a CCS Champion in 1977.
  • Orlando Johnson: Palma High, Basketball standout- Shooting guard Orlando Johnson had stints with Loyola Marymount before shining at UC Santa Barbara. At one point leading the Gauchos to the 2010 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title and an NCAA appearance. Johnson would eventually get drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2012 before immediately being traded to the Indiana Pacers. After some playing time in the NBA he would depart from the league only to return in 2016 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. The Central Coast native would also play overseas for multiple years starting in 2017.
  • Dorothy Middaugh: Educator/Coach - Dorothy was the chair at Hartnell College in the 1950's and also the Aquatic Director. She was the first woman at the collegiate level to coach men's varsity sports in swimming and diving. Her efforts earned her the honor of being named to the Ford California Sports Hall of Fame and was recognized again for her contribution to women's education. She holds the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hartnell College.
  • Gene Rambo: Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer- Rambo was a cowboy legend from coast to coast. In Salinas, the late Rambo won the team roping competition with Marion Vincent in 1948 before winning the steer wrestling crown in 1949. He was named the California Rodeo All-Around champ in 1948, 1949 and 1957. He was inducted to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1989 and the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • Mike Welsh: Salinas High School Coach/Athletic Director- Welsh boasted a dominant record in football at Salinas High as a coach. The JV team going 35-1 during his tenure in 1968 to 1973 and the Varsity team going 37-12-1 from 1975 to 1979. In 1987 to 1990 the JV Softball team under his tenure would go on a 55 game winning streak.

The athletes will receive a plaque in their honor to be installed at the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame located at the Rabobank Stadium in Salinas.

Ticket information will be available soon and at

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