John Horgan’s “Cradle of Champions” Hits the Shelves with Book Signing August 4th at SMC Historical Museum

South San Francisco, CA  July 22, 2023 Press Release

“Cradle of Champions” Chronicles the Peninsula’s Best

“Cradle of Champions,” a new book focusing on significant events,  important figures and outstanding achievements in the history of San Mateo County athletics, is now available.


The book, which is sub-titled “A Selected History of San Mateo County Sports,” is authored by John Horgan, a career journalist who has spent 60 years writing about the county’s athletes, coaches, teams, administrators and others associated with competitive sports on the Peninsula and beyond.


“Cradle of Champions” features a trove of information in its 161 pages: 75 stories, 130 photos, 35 lists, 500 names, 40,000-plus words.


Those pages embrace copious statistics and data points involving a wide range of home-grown stars, including: Tom Brady, Tom Martinez, Wendy Brown, Bill Walsh, Mimi Arnold, John Naber, Pat Winslow Connolly, Dick Vermeil, Barry Bonds, Ann Kiyomura, Lynn Swann, Erik Van Dillen and a host of others.


The book, edited and published in concert with the San Mateo County Historical Association, also serves as a complement to the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, located at the county’s History Museum in downtown Redwood City.


A book-signing event is scheduled for Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. at the museum, located at 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.


“Cradle of Champions” is available for sale at the museum’s bookstore for $19.99. It can also be purchased online at (as of July 27). All proceeds benefit the museum.


Contact the museum at 650-299-0104 for more information.



San Mateo County Historical Association
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063


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