49ers rename field after late Walsh

Aug 10, 2007 - 6:49 PM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The field which provided the canvas for many of Bill Walsh's masterpieces will now bear his name.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the San Francisco 49ers' home field at Monster Park has been renamed "Bill Walsh Field" during a public memorial service for the Hall of Fame coach.

Walsh, the architect of the 49ers' dynasty in the 1980s, died on July 30 at the age of 75.

Walsh, who died after a three-year battle with leukemia, won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and revolutionized the game with his innovative West Coast offense.

Nicknamed "The Genius," Walsh posted a 102-63-1 record in 10 seasons with the 49ers and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He won 10 of 14 postseason games and six division titles from 1979-88, being honored as Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984.

"So to Bill Walsh today on Bill Walsh Field, we say that we will always remember, we thank you for the gift of hope and opportunity you restored to this great city," United States Senator Dianne Feinstein said. "San Francisco, you are a great team and you will see glory days again."

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