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 Chuck "Bobo" Brayton of Washington State, Jim Brock of Arizona State, Bibb Falk of Texas, Jerry Kindall of Arizona and Dick Siebert of Minnesota, in addition to standout former players John Olerud of Washington State, Jim Abbott of Michigan, Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, Fred Lynn of USC, 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.
John Olerud, Washington State, 1B/P
In three seasons for the Cougars, Olerud combined to hit .434 (160-369) with 37 doubles, 33 home runs, 131 RBI and a .824 slugging percentage. Even more impressively, as a pitcher he was 26-4 with a 3.17 ERA (85 ER/241.1 IP) and 169 strikeouts in 39 career appearances (34 starts). He left Pullman as WSU's career leader in batting average (.434), slugging percentage (.824) and in the top five in home runs (33) and pitching wins (26). Olerud was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Olerud posted arguably the greatest all-around season in college baseball history in 1988 and was honored as the Baseball America NCAA Player of the Year. At the plate, he hit .464 (108-233) with 83 runs, 21 doubles, 3 triples, 23 home runs, 81 RBI and a .876 slugging percentage. On the mound, he was a perfect 15-0 with a 2.49 ERA (34 ER/122.2 IP) in 19 games/16 starts. He was named Pac-10 North Player of the Year, first-team All-American by ABCA and Baseball America. He set WSU single-season records for batting average (.464), hits (108), home runs (23), total bases (204), slugging percentage (.876), hitting streak (22 games), wins in season (15), consecutive wins (16), innings pitched (122.2), and strikeouts (113) and tied marks for RBI (81) and games started (16). Olerud helped lead the Cougars to a 52-14 record, winning the Pac-10 North and advancing to the NCAA West Regional.
OLERUD'S WASHINGTON STATE CAREER HITTING STATISTICS YEAR CLASS AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SF BB SO SB CS SLG PO A E FLD% 1987 Freshman .414 38 58 12 24 44 5 0 5 20 2 13 6 0 1 .759 133 27 1 .987 1988 Sophomore .464 66 233 83 108 204 21 3 23 81 3 50 22 1 0 .876 240 47 2 .993 1989 Junior .359 27 78 19 28 56 11 1 5 28 2 32 6 0 0 .718 25 1 0 1.000 College Totals .434 131 369 114 160 304 37 4 33 131 7 95 34 1 1 .824 398 75 3 .994
PITCHING STATISTICS YEAR CLASS W-L ERA G GS CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP 1987 Freshman 8-2 3.00 14 12 5 0 90.1 97 46 30 6 35 44 3 1988 Sophomore 15-0 2.49 19 16 5 1 122.2 100 46 34 7 39 113 4 1989 Junior 3-2 6.68 6 6 2 0 28.1 42 23 21 3 2 12 0 College Totals 26-4 3.17 39 34 12 1 241.1 239 115 85 16 76 169 7
Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, Washington State
When Fredrick Charles "Bobo" Brayton retired from Washington State University at the conclusion of the 1994 season, he ranked as the fourth winningest baseball coach in NCAA D-I history, as well as the winningest Cougar coach of all-time. However, his final record of 1,161 wins, 523 losses and eight ties only tells part of the story. During his 33 years at the helm, Brayton was not only a winning coach, but also an innovative leader in NCAA baseball. He has received the NCAA's Distinguished Serve Awards on behalf of the College World Series and the NCAA Rules Committee and the Lefty Gomez Award for service and contributions to collegiate baseball. He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the WSU Athletic HOF and the AACBC HOF. He championed several rule changes during his career to make college baseball safer and more popular and helped develop the College World Series post-season playoff system that was so popular for many years. He was chair of the NCAA Baseball Rules and College World Series committees for seven years and was chair of the committee to relocate the ABCA Baseball Hall of Fame. Regionally he was named Pacific-10 Conference Northern Division coach of the year five times, West Coast NCAA regional coach of the year once. His teams won 21 conference titles in his 33 years. Now retired Brayton lives on his farm near Pullman and is still a frequent visitor at Bailey-Brayton Field, named in his honor and the home of WSU Cougar baseball.