LUBBOCK, Texas -- Plenty of impressive college statistics and a good deal of Major League Baseball experience are represented in the 2012 class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
“This class has plenty of star power,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We have players who excelled both in college and the pros and a longtime coach who has been successful at both the junior college and Division I level. It is a truly impressive group.”
This year’s class, which will be inducted as a part of the annual celebration of college baseball in Lubbock, Texas, is headlined by former Major Leaguers Nomar Garciaparra, a standout shortstop at Georgia Tech from 1992-94; Lou Brock, who shot to stardom patrolling the outfield at Southern University from 1958-60; and Brad Wilkerson, a multi-talented player at Florida from 1996-98.
Brock was selected by the Black Legends and Pioneers Committee, which is designed to honor players and coaches at historically black colleges and universities whose careers began prior to 1975. Brock joins last year’s selections -- Danny Goodwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones.
“Selecting Lou Brock to represent the committee’s pick for induction into this year’s Hall of Fame class was an easy one,” said Jay Sokol of BlackCollegeNines.com. “Though most know him as a Major League Hall of Famer, his baseball credentials at Southern University stand on their own and make him a worthy candidate and deserving to be included among the greats of college baseball.”
As a sophomore, Brock played on the Southern team that won the 1959 NAIA College World Series -- the first and only HBCU team to win an NAIA title. During his junior season in 1960, he hit .351 and stole 18 bases before signing a contract with the Chicago Cubs.
“This is an outstanding class, and we are excited to welcome them to Lubbock and the College Baseball Hall of Fame festivities this summer,” Gustafson said. “They join the ranks of some exceptional college baseball players, and we are thrilled to call them Hall of Famers.”
The 2012 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration, June 29-30, in Lubbock, Texas.
Last Updated ( Sat Jun 30, 2012 - 12:08pm )