Former Quarterback Pawlawski Highlights Cal Hall of Fame Inductions

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When Mike Pawlawski last played for Cal in 1991, the football team was at its highest point in years. Now, his accomplishments will be recognized on a larger scale.

Yesterday, he and six other former Cal athletes were selected for induction to the California Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former football player Perry Schwartz, Al Buch (basketball), Rod Booker (baseball), Martin Biles and Ed Miller (track and field) and Lynn Wittstock (water polo and swimming) were the other former Bears athletes selected.

Pawlawski is still visible around Cal athletics. He hosts the Cal Sports Magazine, which airs on FOX Sports Net. He said he was surprised when notified by his selection and credited his teammates for the accolade.

"It's as much a tribute to the guys that I played with," Pawlawksi said.

Pawlawski's senior season ended with a No. 7 ranking and Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player or the Year honors. In his final game, he led Cal to a 37-13 win over Clemson in the Citrus Bowl.

He said the success he enjoyed at Cal is proof the program can succeed and compete with the nation's elite.

"It can be done every year," Pawlawski said.

Wittsock, a former USA national team water polo captain played from 1981-84, when water polo was a club sport. Including her national team success, Wittsock was a nominee for the Sullivan Award in 1996 and also was a standout swimmer.

"I think it's a shock to most anybody," Wittsock said of her selection. "You always look at what other people did."

Buch played for Cal's 1959 national-title winning basketball team, when the Bears went 25-4.

Booker was Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 1980. Cal finished third at the College World Series that year.

Biles excelled in the javelin, winning NCAA titles in 1940 and '41.

Miller is currently an assistant coach at Cal and won the NCAA decathlon crown in 1976.

Schwartz, the only person honored posthumously, was an All-American football player in 1937 when the Bears went 10-0-1 and played on the 1938 Rose Bowl Champions. He also played tennis while at Cal.

The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Sept. 27 with the inductees being honored at halftime of the Cal-Washington State game Sept. 28.


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