Three Named to Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

From left to right: Robert Y. Greenberg, Peter Capolino, and Klaus Obermeyer.

The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame will induct three sporting goods industry pioneers into its Class of 2020 next May. Peter Capolino, of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company, Robert Greenberg, of Skechers ,and Klaus Obermeyer, of Sport Obermeyer, will join more than 170 retailers, team dealers, manufacturers and industry influencers who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame since it was established by the National Sporting Goods Association in 1955.

The Hall of Fame dinner and induction will be held May 19, 2020, at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ, the site of the 56th Annual NSGA Management Conference & 22nd Annual Team Dealer Summit.

More about each inductee:

Peter Capolino was the owner of Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods in Philadelphia when he visited an area manufacturer and saw some piles of old wool flannel lying around. Historic baseball caps were one of Capolino’s specialties and the old wool sparked an idea that baseball fans might have similar interest in vintage jerseys. Capolino’s idea with “throwback” jerseys turned out even better than he could have envisioned as he quickly made it the sole business focus of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company.  Mitchell & Ness eventually began producing “throwback” jerseys for all the major sports leagues.

Skechers founder and CEO Robert Greenberg has been an innovator in the footwear industry for nearly 40 years. With a combination of savvy marketing and advertising campaigns, innovative product launches and strategic global growth, Greenberg has built Skechers from a family-owned business to a $4.64 billion global brand. His wide-reaching creative vision has guided Skechers into new areas, including charity collections, interactive children’s footwear, apparel and even entertainment.  From 1979 to 1992, Robert Greenberg founded and served as the chairman of the board and president of L.A. Gear, a lifestyle athletic footwear and apparel company.  After taking the company public and reaching revenues of nearly $1 billion, Greenberg left L.A. Gear and launched Skechers in 1992.  He has served as Skechers’ Chairman of the Board and CEO since its inception.

Klaus Obermeyer is not wired to sit back, relax and enjoy everything he has accomplished as he approaches the century mark of his life.

Obermeyer is always thinking ahead to ensure Sport Obermeyer, the company he founded in 1947, doesn’t fall behind in the ski and snowsports industry. He is still a daily presence at the company’s Aspen, CO, office with his 100th birthday about to be celebrated on December 2, 2019.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 induction class. The deadline for nominations is February 21, 2020. Download a nomination form at www.nsga.org/halloffame or request a nomination packet at HOF@nsga.org. Questions should be directed to Hall of Fame Committee secretary Julie Pitts, jpitts@nsga.org.