We caught up with College Baseball Foundation Executive Director Mike Gustafson in Austin, Texas. The College Baseball Foundation founded the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and is in the fundraising stage to build a permanent structure in Lubbock, Texas. Currently, Gustafson splits time with the Foundation and doing color commentary for Texas Tech’s radio broadcast. He spoke with us about the progress that has been made in the fundraising spectrum, as well as the processes they have undertaken to ensure the success of the Hall of Fame. Continue reading CBD Exclusive with Mike Gustafson
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The College Baseball Foundation announced today the creation of its newest award – the National Collegiate Umpire Award – honoring lifetime excellence in umpiring. The award, sponsored by Honig’s Whistle Stop, a provider of umpire gear, will be presented as part of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 3. Continue reading College Baseball Foundation Creates New Award To Honor Umpires
Current Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach are two of the seven inductees announced for the 2011 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joining Francona and Wallach are, Danny Goodwin (catcher, Southern University), Dick Groat (shortstop, Duke), Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones (coach, Grambling State), Oddibe McDowell (outfielder, Arizona State),and Bill Wilhelm (coach, Clemson.)
Wallach is gaining admittance based on his school-record setting career at first base for Cal State Fullerton from 1978-1980. Francona, a two time World Series winning manager, is being honored for his career in outfield for Arizona, where he was the 1980 National Player of the Year.
The seven member class will be inducted on July 3rd in Lubbock, Texas.
The full release from the College Baseball Foundation is below.
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LUBBOCK, Texas – The College Baseball Foundation announced today that voting is now under way for the 2011 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The ballot to select this year’s inductees features 36 players and 17 coaches.
“Each class comes with a unique flavor,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We’ve had certain classes dominated by pitchers while other classes were dominated by hitters. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing the new group.” Continue reading Voting under way for 6th College Baseball Hall of Fame Class
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Rice sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon is the recipient of the 24th annual Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year. The presentation was made Friday evening in Lubbock, Texas as part of the festivities to recognize and induct the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the awarding of several other national honors for 2010.
Rendon is just the second player in Conference USA history to be named Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. He picked up that honor again this year while leading the Owls to the regular season league championship and the school’s 16th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. The two-time first team All-CUSA selection was named to the C-USA Championship All-Tournament team and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Austin Regional. The Houston native was also named the Male Athlete of the Year for all sports in Conference USA.
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Wally Kincaid, who coached at Cerritos College from 1958 to 1977 and from 1979 to 1980, is one of 10 men who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 1 as part of a week of celebrations recognizing the past and present greats of college baseball.
“We are very pleased that coach Kincaid will be a part of this year’s Hall of Fame class,” said Mike Gustafson, Hall of Fame chairman and executive director of the College Baseball Foundation. “Last year we had our first small-school inductee and with a two-year college representative this year we take another step toward fully representing all levels of college baseball in the Hall of Fame.”
The city of Monroe LA is building a new baseball field for the Monroe School District which College Baseball HOF inductee Wilbert Ellis showing his support for the field. He believes that this project should increase the African-American participation numbers which are clearly down at all levels of baseball especially college. It is coming to be a rare site to see an African-American playing baseball as we continue to see the increase in showcases and other forms of elite amateur baseball play.
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LUBBOCK, Texas—San Diego State’s dominant right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg is the recipient of the 23rd annual Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year. The presentation was made Thursday for the first time In Lubbock, Texas as part of the festivities to recognize and induct the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the awarding of several other national honors for 2009. Continue reading Stephen Strasburg Selected as 23rd Dick Howser Trophy Recipient
The Bangor Daily News has an excellent article on former Maine coach John Winkin who took the Black Bears to the College World Series six times with the most recent appearance in 1986. He also coached at Colby College of Waterville ME and Husson College of Bangor ME during his 53 year career from 1954-2007. He was able to accumlate over 1,000 victories combined with the three schools. He finished his coaching career in 2007 when he suffered a stroke on his daily walk in Bangor. Continue reading Former Maine coach John Winkin’s “Passion to Win”
Darren Dreifort who is known for his MLB career with the Dodgers is currently looking forward to making the trek to Lubbock TX for his induction to the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 3rd. Dreifort played three seasons at Wichita State where he had his most success in 1993 when he received the Golden Spikes Award. He went 11-1 with a 2.48 ERA while also serving as a DH where he had a .327 average with 22 homers and 66 RBI. Continue reading Dreifort looking forward to College Baseball HOF Induction