Pat Tillman, Mark Grace among Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Late Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman and former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace are among the six members of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame’s 2018 induction class.
The hall announced the inductees on Wednesday.
Tillman and Grace are joined by former Brophy College Prep swimmer Gary Hall Jr., long-time Arizona Wildcats softball head coach Mike Candrea, Xavier College Prepartory athletic director and golf coach Sister Lynn Winsor, and former Chaparral softball coach Jeff Oscarson.
At Arizona State, Tillman, the 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl. He graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and was selected in the seventh round by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998, quickly becoming a starting safety to break the franchise record with 224 tackles in 2000.
Tillman turned down a contract offer from the Cardinals in 2002 and enlisted in the Army. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.
Grace played for the Diamondbacks from 2001-03, winning the 2001 World Series with Arizona and now does game analysis for the team on FOX Sports Arizona.
After attending Brophy, Hall swam for the United States Olympic team in 1996, 2000 and 2004, winning 10 medals, including five gold.
Candrea is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I softball history and has brought eight national championships and 22 Women’s College World Series appearances to Tucson. He has been named the NCAA Coach of the Year four times and has also coached the United States to a gold medal in 2004 and silver in 2008.
Winsor began at Xavier in 1974 and has since won 35 6A/Division I girls golf titles. Over that time, Xavier has recorded a 457-25 record (.948 winning percentage), and more than half of her golfers have earned college scholarships.
In 22 years coaching at Chaparral, Oscarson won five softball state titles. He retired in 2003 with a 450-122-3 record.
A 1970 draft pick by the Chicago Cubs out of Saguaro High School, Oscarson opted to play baseball in college and won two national titles for Mesa Community College before transferring to Arizona State, where he played in 1973-74.
All of the inductees to the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame must fit one of three requirements: they are a native of Arizona, are immediately recognized as an Arizonan or have made at least two significant contributions to the athletics community in the state.