Class of 2021
Ned Colletti

Ned Colletti has dedicated 43 seasons to Major League Baseball, starting his illustrious career with his hometown Cubs in 1982. Born in Chicago and spending his early years in a remodeled garage, he graduated from East Leyden High School before attending Triton College and ultimately Northern Illinois University. Colletti spent 13 seasons with the Cubs before venturing westward. Serving as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006 to 2014, he later transitioned into an analyst role for the Dodgers’ pre and post-game television shows, earning three Emmy Awards. Prior to his tenure with the Dodgers, Ned served as assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants for 11 years. In his last 28 seasons as a baseball executive, Colletti has played a pivotal role in constructing 16 postseason-qualifying teams, with an additional five narrowly missing out on postseason contention. His achievements include 7 NLCS appearances and four World Series appearances, culminating in a victory in the Fall Classic in 2020. Three years ago, in 2021, Colletti expanded his horizons by becoming one of the few American sports executives to venture into two major sports – Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League – as a professional scout for the San Jose Sharks under General Manager Doug Wilson, a fellow Chicagoland Sports Hall of Famer. In addition to his television work and NHL scouting, Colletti holds the position of professor of Sports Administration at Pepperdine University. Furthermore, he is the author of the best-selling book, “The Big Chair.” His brother Doug has contributed to the radio broadcast for the Chicago Bears for the past 39 years. Ned and his wife Gayle, also Chicago natives, have two children and three grandchildren.

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