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Who needs cooperstown?

The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame will add 12 legends to its ranks, including four gridiron greats, five Olympians (totaling 12 gold, three silver and one bronze medals), a Pacer, a Dodger and two former coaches. This year's immortals will be honored at the October 3 Washington State game at the Rose Bowl. To wit: Glenn Bassett '51, men's tennis coach - teams won seven NCAA and 13 conference championships from 1967-1993; only person in NCAA history to win an NCAA tennis title as a player, assistant coach and head coach; finished Bruin career with awesome 592-92-2 (.864) record.

Sheila Cornell '85, softball — two-time All-American on two national title teams; Academic All-American; starred in '96 Olympics with a .393 batting average and .786 slugging percentage.

Randy Cross, football — center/guard from 1973-'75; first team All-American, played on the 1976 Rose Bowl team that upset Ohio State; 13 years with the S.F. 49ers, including three Super Bowl championships.

Gaston Green, football — all-time leading UCLA rusher; 1987 first team All-American, team Offensive MVP '86-'87; great Freedom Bowl with three TDs, one TD pass and major-bowl rushing record of 266 yards.

Florence Griffith Joyner, track — only woman to run 100m in under 10.50; two-time All-American helped Bruins to national titles in '82 and '83; won three gold and two silver medals over two Olympics.

Tom Jager '87, swimming — six-time NCAA titleist; set NCAA and American records in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke; racked up five gold, one silver, one bronze; one of only two swimmers to win gold in three Olympics; still holds world record in the 50m free.

Eric Karros '93, baseball — .365 Bruin career batting average ranks No. 2 all time; led team junior season in hits, home runs, RBIs and batting average (.415); 1992 NL Rookie of the Year.

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