Olerud, Brayton Named to College Baseball Hall of Fame
April 10, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - The College Baseball Foundation announced today the names of 11 collegiate baseball legends, which join four veteran candidates that will comprise the 2007 Induction Class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. The announcement comes after the conclusion of an intensive voting process that began with nominations in January and three elimination ballots.
The Class of 2007 includes legendary coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Chuck 'Bobo' Brayton of Washington State, Bibb Falk of Texas, Jerry Kindall of Arizona and Dick Siebert of Minnesota, in addition to standout former players Jim Abbott of Michigan, Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, Fred Lynn of USC, John Olerud of Washington State, Phil Stephenson of Wichita State and Derek Tatsuno of Hawai'i.
Four veteran selections previously announced will be celebrated and officially inducted with the Class of 2007. This first-ever Veteran Class of pre-1947 candidates includes legendary players Christy Mathewson of Bucknell, Lou Gehrig of Columbia and players-turned-coaches Joe Sewell of Alabama and John 'Jack' Barry of Holy Cross.
The collegiate legends will be officially enshrined during a three-day celebration of college baseball in July, which will feature the theme `The Past Meets Present'. The CBF will kick off the festivities on Monday, July 2rd with the Mayor's First Pitch Breakfast/Opening Ceremonies and Alumni Golf Tournament, followed on July 3rd by the fourth annual Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner to be held at the United Spirit Arena, on the campus of Texas Tech University. Members of the 2007 Hall of Fame Class will be in attendance and recognized during these events.
On Wednesday, July 4th, the Inductees will participate in the annual 4th on Broadway Parade, and will be accessible to attendees during a `Fan Fest' following the event. The coaches and players will then make their official Acceptance Speeches at the Lubbock Civic Center as part of the annual 4th on Broadway Festival, considered the 'Largest Free Festival in the State of Texas.' The events will be will be carried nationally by the Fox College Sports Networks (Atlantic, Central and Pacific), as well as select Fox Sports Network regional affiliates.
'After getting off to a successful start with our first class of inductees, the entire community is working to top last year's ceremonies', said CBF Chairman/CEO John Askins. 'We are honored to be involved with some of the greatest names in baseball history, especially those that worked to make the collegiate game a fan friendly, enjoyable experience. Their legacy will live on through the Hall of Fame.'
Over 300 candidates were originally submitted for consideration by universities and CBF members. In conjunction with the Society for the Advancement of Baseball Research (SABR), the ABCA Veteran and CBF Historical Committees comprised the CBF Research Committee, which was charged with evaluating nominees worthy of official consideration. A complete list and short biographies of the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees are available at: www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.
Players are eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot 5 years after the student-athlete's final collegiate season, not to include any active player or coach on a professional baseball team roster. Former players must have completed one year of competition at a 4-year institution, and must have made an All American team (post-1947), or an All League team (pre-1947, or have earned verifiable national acclaim).
Coaches are eligible after ending their collegiate career, not to include an active coach on a professional baseball team. They must have achieved 300 career wins, or have won at least 65% of their games.Players and Coaches are also evaluated for their citizenship both during and after their active careers.
Those candidates named to the official 2007 ballot, but not selected for induction to the Hall of Fame this year, will become holdovers and automatically appear on the ballot for the next three years.
The 90-member CBF Hall of Fame Voting Committee, which chose these elite individuals, was split into eight committees of ten members, in addition to all previous Hall of Fame inductees. Persons assigned to the ABCA Veteran, ABCA Active, National, Historical, NCBWA, Former Players, National Media and Regional Media Committees comprised the total voting group. Each committee member was chosen to achieve a balanced representation from around the country--Far West, Northwest, Southwest, Mountain, Mid-South, South, Southeast, Deep South, Mid-North, Northeast. The entire process was completed online via the Internet.
The Veteran and Historical Committees research and nominate individuals each year from the pre-1947 era and recommend Veteran Candidates that are voted on during the fall.
A complete list of names for the Hall of Fame Voting Committee is available on the College Baseball Foundation website.
'The thought that our voters put into this difficult task has been commendable,' said Askins. 'The history of college baseball predates 1900, so to create the comprehensive record of the sport for the first time is a huge undertaking. From the worldwide feedback we have received we realize that this is going to be a very successful and gratifying project to nurture and watch grow over the years. It is an undertaking that seems to have happened at the right time to be tremendously successful'
The upcoming schedule and location of events, information regarding the sale of tickets, and exact times and dates for clearances around the country on Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Network, will be updated on the CBF website (www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.) as they are made available.