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The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is a collection of some of the greatest athletes who not only put their stamp on the local area, but nationally as well. 

This year's class, which will be enshrined on May 16 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, is no different. Former Giants slugging second baseman Jeff Kent and sharp-shooter Mitch Richmond, who excelled on both the Warriors and Kings, headline the group. 

Aside from Kent and Richmond, also entering the BASHOF is former Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan, former Raider Raymond Chester and swimming champion Anne Warner Cribbs. 

Kent will be enshrined one year after his hitting mate Barry Bonds. The two spent six seasons together with the Giants, combining for 454 home runs. 

While with the Giants, Kent enjoyed his best seasons of 17-year career. In six seasons in San Francisco, Kent hit .297/.368/.535 with 175 home runs from 1997-2002. 

The powerful second baseman was named to three All-Star teams with the Giants. He also won the NL MVP in 2000 after hitting .334/.424/.596 with 33 home runs and 125 RBI. 

Kent has spent three years trying to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but his highest voting total of the 75-percent needed for induction, is only 16.6 percent, which was for this year's class. Ending his career with the Dodgers in 2008, Kent is a .290/.356/.500 hitter with 377 home runs. 

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Before being drafted by the Blue Jays in 1989, Kent attended Cal, where he played on the school's 1988 College World Series team. 

Richmond, who was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014, made his name for both the Warriors and Kings. 

Drafted by the Warriors with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft out of Kansas State University, Richmond spent three seasons with Golden State. 

As part of the Warriors Run TMC era with Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, Richmond averaged 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in his three seasons as a Warrior. He was traded to the Kings as part of a package that brought the Warriors Billy Owens. 

Richmond thrived with the Kings. In seven seasons, he was named to six All-Star teams, playing in five of the games. He averaged 23.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Magowan witnessed the duo of Bonds and Kent blasting home runs after buying the Giants in December of 1992 and saving the team from relocation to Tampa Bay. 

After 16 seasons as the Giants' president and managing general partner, Magowan retired in September of 2008. He is a 1964 graduate of Stanford with a degree in American literature.

Chester was the Raiders' tight end when they last won a Super Bowl in Oakland in 1980. He spent seven of his 12 NFL seasons with Oakland. 

In seven seasons with the Raiders, Chester caught 216 passes for 2,891 yards and 37 touchdowns. Chester also played one year with the USFL Oakland Invaders. 

Cribbs, born in San Mateo, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School as a swimming star. She won a gold medal in the 1959 Pan Am Games at only 14 years old, and her 400-meter medley relay team won gold in the 1960 Olympics. 

The BASHOF has raised nearly $4 million for more than 600 Bay Area youth sports organizations.