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Hugh Sill

athlete

Inducted February 16, 1995

It can be argued whether Hugh Sill's best sport was football or golf but, either way, he stamped his name emphatically in both games. An outstanding running back and safety at Kern County Union High School, Sill went on to St. Mary's and earned second team and honorable mention All-American notice for coach Slip Madigan's famous Galloping Gaels, and was a charter member of the St. Mary's Hall of Fame in 1973. Sill's career included three games in New York against Fordham, then a football power, and a Rams' lineman named Vince Lombardi. After College, when he came home to run the family's real estate business, Sill blossomed as an amateur golfer, one of the best in the San Joaquin Valley and who once beat Ken Venturi in the first round of the State Amateur played at the Pebble Beach. Sill played in the Crosby (now AT&T) National Pro-Am on the Montery Peninsula eight times, teaming with pro Bill Collins to finish third in 1960.