Cal's Jensen and Evans on College Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot
April 12, 2006
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - University of California has two baseball legends - Jackie Jensen and Clint Evans - who are among the 46 nominees for the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The finalist will be announced Apr. 26 by the College Baseball Foundation, followed by an induction ceremony July 4 in Lubbock, Texas.
The list of legendary players includes such athletes as Jensen, Will Clark of Mississippi State, Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State and Fred Lynn of USC. Evans is part of a list of pre-1947 candidates who also include Lou Gehrig of Columbia and Bobby Layne of Texas, among others.
One of the greatest athletes ever to play for the University of California, Jensen twice earned All-America status (1947, 1949) as an outfielder for Cal's baseball team, and helped the Bears to the NCAA College World Series title in 1947. He also pitched Cal to one of its victories in the 1947 College World Series, over a Yale team that featured future president George Bush. Jensen had a distinguished pro baseball career and was selected as the American League MVP while with the Boston Red Sox in 1958, and played in the World Series for the New York Yankees as well. He also earned first-team All-America honors at running back in 1948 while becoming Cal's first-ever 1,000-yard rusher in a season. Jensen rushed for 1,703 yards in his three years as a starter and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. He is one of the few athletes in history to play in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series, and was voted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1984.
Clint Evans was the head baseball coach at Cal from 1930-54, amassing a .681 winning percentage with a 547-256 mark during his 25 seasons leading the Golden Bears. Evans coached Cal to the nation's first NCAA College World Series title in 1947 with a 8-7 victory over Bush's Yale team in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was instrumental in college baseball establishing a world series in order to determine a national champion, and overall his Cal teams won six California Intercollegiate Baseball Association titles and tied for three others. Included among the players Evans coached were pro standouts Jensen and Sam Chapman. Cal's baseball field, Evans Diamond, is named in his honor.