College Baseball Hall of Fame: Coming Soon!
Dating as far back as the 18th century, baseball is a staple sport in America. Often referred to as "America's favorite pastime," baseball has captured the heart of millions, especially in the "Hub City." In fact, the National College Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame is making its permanent home in Lubbock, and on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, the 2013 Class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration in Lubbock.
Set to break ground within six to 12 months, the facility will be located in downtown Lubbock near the Department of Public Safety building. Once open, visitors can expect a beautiful facility that will include a museum gallery of hall of fame inductees and historic college baseball artifacts.
Included in the facility plans is a high school and college-sized baseball field. The field will seat around 1,500 spectators and will include lights and artificial turf. A great tool to attract baseball tournaments to Lubbock from outside areas, the field will also be used to host various tournaments and events with Lubbock organizations.
Two of the most respected college coaches in history join five outstanding players with a good deal of Major League Baseball experience in the 2013 Class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductees are Sal Bando, Tom Borland, Ralph Garr, Tino Martinez, Don Schaly, Roy Smalley and John Winkin.
"This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, '60s and early '70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions," said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. "We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame."
For more information about the National College Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame, visit collegebaseballhall.org.