Three #SunDevilsForLife Elected to Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
By Jessica Carnivale
SDA Media Relations Student Assistant
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University alumni Joe Caldwell, Andre Ethier and Phil Mickelson have joined the elite list of Sun Devils in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame as the trio were among seven individuals elected to the 2020 class, as announced by the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission (ASEC).
The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes, coaches, administrators, and others who have made significant contributions to Arizona sports. The 2020 class was selected by a vote of trustees and the public, which elected Bridger in online balloting.
Read the full release of the #AZsportsHOF 2020-21 Inductees at https://t.co/RfHZSupXv4! ??#JoeCaldwell #JohnBridger @AnnMeyers #AndreEthier @PhilMickelson #RolandHemond #PaulWestphal @TheSunDevils @Dodgers @Dbacks @WMPhoenixOpen @Suns @PhoenixMercury @CrestInsurance @PZSecure pic.twitter.com/N6siute3bA
— AZ Sports & Ent Comm (@AZSportsEnt) September 8, 2020
Caldwell was inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2005 and the Arizona State Hall of Fame in 1975 and his number hangs in the rafters at Desert Financial Arena. Caldwell started for the Sun Devils from 1961 to 1964 and during his time on the team, the team had a 65-18 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each season. He was named team captain all three seasons and team MVP in the 1963 and 1964 season. Caldwell went on to become a gold medal Olympian for the United States Olympic team in 1964. In the same year Caldwell was then drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the second pick in the 1964 NBA Draft. He then spent six years in the NBA and five years in the ABA.
--was so darn good he jumped out of picture frames.
--could almost hit his head on the darn rim in a game.
--finished his degree 33 years after leaving ASU.
Happy birthday to our 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist! @usabasketball @ASU @DougHaller @TimHealeyASU @K_Dodd3 pic.twitter.com/YlB5QsytBg
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) November 1, 2018
A Phoenix native who graduated from St. Mary's High School, Ethier began his Arizona State athletic career after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In Ethier's two seasons with the Sun Devils the team appeared in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season nationally ranked. In 2002 and 2003 Ethier received first-team All-Pac-10 honors and finished his collegiate career with a 23-game hitting streak. Ethier, an outfielder, was selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft and went on to a 12-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .285 with 162 home runs and 687 RBI.
Mickelson was a freshman at Arizona State in 1989 and in his first year he won the NCAA Championship, becoming only one of five individuals to accomplish the feat. He repeated as NCAA champion the following year – also captured the 1990 U.S. Amateur Championship – while helping lead the Sun Devils to the NCAA team title. During his junior year he won the PGA Tour's Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, The Western Amateur Championship and made the cut at the U.S. Open, Masters and British Open. Mickelson wrapped up his final season with another another NCAA title, becoming only the second golfer to win three NCAA Titles. Mickelson turned pro and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992. Since then he has won 44 PGA Tour victories, including five major championships – three Masters, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship.
Speaking of Phil, can't thank him enough for this ...check out the photo gallery of the place Phil and Amy have invested in for both of our golf programs https://t.co/VxfatIUTc9 pic.twitter.com/VAzkqY0T4b
— Sun Devil Men's Golf (@sundevilmgolf) August 26, 2020
The Crest Insurance Group Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will start 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 with inductees meeting the media on the Red Carpet at The Phoenician. The Paramount Promotions Pre-Party, with registration, cocktails, and a raffle, begins at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, or to purchase tickets to the induction ceremony, please visit www.azsportshof.com.