March 28, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Former Santa Clara men's basketball standout Richard "Dick" O'Keefe will be among nine deserving inductees into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame at the organization's annual banquet in May.
A 1941 graduate of St. James High School, O'Keefe will join the 230 honorees who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1983. The 20th annual banquet will be held at the Patio Espanol Restaurant at 6 p.m. on May 16. For reservations or further information, contact Al Vidal at 415/826-3572.
St. James High School, located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, may have had only 125 students, but the school possessed one of the most talented athletes in the city during the years 1938-41 in O'Keefe.
He was the center and captain of the St. James 1941 varsity basketball team that defeated such Academic Athletic Assocation (AAA) powerhouses as Washington, St. Ignatius, Commerce and Sacred Heart. That seasion, O'Keefe led all city scorers with 176 points (18 ppg average), while the AAA leader's total was 97 points.
O'Keefe, also nicknamed "Rusty," was a first-team all-California Catholic Athletic League (CCAL) selection in 1940 adn 1941 and was the CCAL's Most Valuable Player in 1941. He was also a member of the school's baseball team.
Following his graduation from St. James, he continued his winning exploits at Santa Clara University and helped lead the Broncos to their then best-ever record of 21-4. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marines. From 1947-51, O'Keefe played in the National Basketball League for the Washington Capitols under coaches Red Auerbach and Bob Feerick (later SCU's head coach).
O'Keefe is a charter member of the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame and helped found and coach the San Francisco Canon Kip little league teams. He currently resides in Greenbrae, Marin County, Calif.