Mike De La Pena
The Olympic Club
Inducted as Contributor in 1983
By Jay Capell
Mike de la Pena was a product of Golden Gate Park. He learned the game by playing with Al Banuet, Jeff Capell, Bob McGuire, and a host of other great "park players." After joining the Olympic Club, he developed into an exceptional singles and doubles player. His primary partner was Dan Marble. Mike was the "road runner." His great conditioning, speed, and shot selection complemented Marbles rally ending shots. He also was a great calming influence when things weren't going well. They competed in numerous Nationals, and won every Pacific Coast tournament.
Although his later contributions as a handball instructor and ambassador overshadowed his playing days, he was truly a Hall of Fame Player. His long list of Open singles and doubles titles attest to that.