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The five inductees to the 2011 ESPN Los Angeles Hall of Fame (with percent of votes):
1. Magic Johnson (79.1)
2. John Wooden (64.9)
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (62.8)
4. Wayne Gretzky (42.7)
5. Sandy Koufax (38.2).

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Note: If they're still active, they're not eligible.

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    • UCLA 1965-1969; Lakers 1975-1989

      His nearly unstoppable sky hook helped him become the NBA's all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points. He won six NBA MVP Awards, more than any player in league history, and is third all time with 17,440 rebounds. In three seasons at UCLA, he led the Bruins to an 88-2 record, three NCAA titles and was twice named national player of the year.

    • USC 1978-1981; Raiders 1982-1992

      A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen is fifth on the all-time rushing touchdowns list with 123. He was the 1982 NFL rookie of the year with the L.A. Raiders and then carried the team to the Super Bowl XVIII title with 191 yards and two touchdowns. At USC, he won the 1981 Heisman after he became the first college player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

    • Lakers 1960-1972; Clippers 1986-2008 as GM

      An 11-time NBA All-Star who helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals eight times, Baylor's 27.4 points per game is fourth on the all-time scoring average list and he's ninth on the career-rebounding list with 13.5 per game. He's considered one of the top offensive players of all time because of his pioneering athleticism and on-court acrobatics.

    • L.A. Dodgers 1958-1969 (played 1956-1957 in Brooklyn)

      Among the most intimidating pitchers of all time, Drysdale played 14 seasons for the Dodgers and won the 1962 Cy Young Award. He once pitched six consecutive shutouts and finished his career with 209 wins and a 2.95 ERA with 2,486 strikeouts. His 154 hit batters remains an NL record. He went on to a prominent career in broadcasting, calling games for the Dodgers, Angels and Rams.

    • USC 1994-1995; U.S. Olympic team 1988, 1992

      A four-time Olympic gold medalist, Evans is one of the top female distance swimmers of all time. In 1988 and 1989, she set world records in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events and each lasted for nearly two decades. The first American woman to win four gold medals in swimming, Evans set seven world records and won 45 U.S. national championships during her career.

    • Kings 1988-1996

      He almost single-handedly popularized hockey in L.A. by joining the Kings via trade and taking them to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals. "The Great One" is widely considered the best hockey player of all time and was named AP's Male Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s. A nine-time NHL MVP, he holds 61 league records, including career and single-season records for goals, assists and points.

    • Lakers broadcaster 1961-2002

      The voice of the Lakers popularized such terms as '"slam dunk" and "air ball" during a 42-year career in which he turned broadcasting into art as the Lakers' radio and television announcer. A Hall of Fame member, Hearn became synonymous with the Lakers because he did not miss a Lakers game from 1965-2001, calling a record 3,338 consecutive games during that stretch.

    • Lakers coach 1999-2004, 2005-2011

      His cerebral and esoteric style helped lead the Lakers to five NBA titles in his 11 seasons. His .704 career winning percentage and 229 playoff victories are the best of all time and he holds the Lakers record with 553 victories. With 11 total NBA titles, he's the only coach in the history of major American professional sports with at least 10 championships.

    • Lakers 1979-1991, 1995-1996

      He redefined the point guard position with dazzling passing skills that put the "show" in the Showtime-era Lakers and is the NBA's all-time leader with 11.2 assists per game. He was a three-time NBA MVP and was a 12-time All-Star. His 138 career triple-doubles are second in league history and he averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds for his career.

    • Rams 1961-1971

      Recognized as the man who invented the term "quarterback sack," Jones is among the top defensive linemen ever to play. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time defensive player of the year, his unofficial career sack total of 194.5 would rank third all time. His speed and quickness were matched only by his durability: In 14 seasons, he missed only five games.

    • UCLA 1980-1985; U.S. Olympic team 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996

      Named Sports Illustrated's greatest female athlete of the 20th century, she was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in 1988 and '92. She still holds the top six heptathlon scores and the second-best long jump. As a UCLA hoops player, she had 1,167 points and 752 rebounds, among the school's top 20 in both. In 2001, was named top woman collegiate athlete of the past 25 years.

    • Cal State Los Angeles 1961-1964

      Although best known for taking down Billy Riggs in a "Battle of the Sexes," King's career accomplishments extend far beyond that 1973 match. Her 12 major singles titles rank seventh all time and her six Wimbledon titles are fourth all time. She ranks sixth on the Open era victories list with 67. She later pioneered a successful movement for equal pay with men at the U.S. Open.

    • L.A. Dodgers 1958-1966 (played 1955-1957 in Brooklyn)

      He played only 12 seasons, but he certainly made the most of those years. He won three Cy Young Awards during a dominant stretch from 1962-66 when he was 97-27 with a 1.86 ERA. His four no-hitters are second-most in MLB history and the seven-time All-Star is the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame, earning enshrinement at 36.

    • USC 1982-1986 as forward; 1993-1995 as coach

      Miller was a four-time All-American and three-time national player of the year at USC. Her school records of 3,018 points and 1,534 rebounds still stand and both rank fifth in NCAA history. Her USC teams were 112-20 and won NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984. She led the U.S. to gold at the 1984 Olympics. Her Riverside Poly High teams went 132-4 and she once scored 105 points in a game.

    • Lakers coach 1981-1990

      His slicked-back hair and movie-star looks made him the perfect face of the 1980s Showtime Lakers, but Riley was as much substance as he was style. He guided the Lakers to the NBA Finals seven times in nine seasons, won four NBA titles and the Lakers finished first in the Pacific Division every season during his tenure. His 1,210 career victories rank fourth all time.

    • UCLA 1939-1941

      As the first black player in major league baseball's modern era, Robinson's historical and cultural impact is second to none among athletes. He was also an exceptional player, earning a league MVP during his 10-year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A phenomenal all-around athlete, he excelled in baseball, track, football and hoops at Pasadena's Muir High, Pasadena JC and UCLA.

    • Palos Verdes High 1985-1988

      Arguably the greatest American men's tennis player of all time, Sampras is second on the career grand slam titles list with 14 and spent a record 286 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world. His seven Wimbledon and five U.S. Open titles are Open era records and his rivalry with Andre Agassi, one of the best tennis rivalries ever, helped make tennis a mainstream sport in the 1990s.

    • Dodgers 1980-1990 as pitcher; 2003 to present as broadcaster

      The Mexican-born pitcher is one of the most popular Dodgers of all time. He started his career 8-0 with five shutouts to spark the "Fernandomania" craze in the 1980s and his devastating screwball helped him become the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in the same season. He is currently a Spanish-language broadcaster for the Dodgers.

    • Lakers 1960-1974 as guard; 1976-1979 as coach; 1982-2000 as GM

      As a player, he was a 14-time NBA All-Star, led the Lakers to the NBA Finals nine times and his career scoring average (27.0 points a game) is fifth-best in NBA history. As a general manager, he built the 1980s Lakers dynasty with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy and also laid the groundwork for the 2000s dynasty by pairing Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

    • UCLA coach 1948-1975

      The gold standard for coaching throughout sports, Wooden led UCLA to 10 national titles, including seven in a row from 1967-73. His teams posted a legendary 88-game win streak during that span and he had a record of 620-147 in 27 seasons at UCLA. His "Pyramid of Success" is a guide to success both in both sports and in life that is still used by coaches across the country.