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LSU Baseball sets date to retire Todd Walker's jersey

LSU will retire legendary LSU second baseman Todd Walker's jersey on Friday, April 14, the school announced on Thursday.

The No. 12 jersey worn by All-America second baseman Todd Walker will be retired by LSU on April 14 when the Tigers take on Ole Miss at 7 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU's Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved retiring the Bossier City, Louisiana native's jersey in May.

Walker's jersey will join the No. 36 worn by first baseman Eddy Furniss, the No. 15 worn by coach Skip Bertman and the No. 19 worn by pitcher Ben McDonald as retired jerseys for LSU Baseball.

"His exploits as one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game are well-documented," said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva in a statement. "What is even more impressive is his commitment to education, as he completed his LSU degree requirements while he was an active Major League player. He generously donates his time and energy to charitable causes, and he is a tremendous ambassador for our university. We look forward to having his jersey number take its place among those of LSU legends.”

Walker was one of the greatest hitters in SEC history, excelling for three seasons (1992-94) at LSU. A two-time first-team All-American, he led the Tigers to the national championship in 1993, earning the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award.  He was voted in 1996 as the second baseman on the all-time College World Series team by the Omaha World-Herald, and he was named to the CWS Legends Team in 2010.

A two-time finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Walker was named first-team All-SEC three times, and he was voted the SEC Player of the Year in 1993. He posted a .396 cumulative batting average over three seasons, and he completed his collegiate career as the SEC all-time leader in hits (310), runs (234), RBI (246) and total bases (557). 

Walker will become the 11th LSU athlete or coach to have his jersey retired, joining Furniss, Bertman and McDonald; men’s basketball players Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich, Rudy Macklin and Shaquille O’Neal; football players Billy Cannon and Tommy Casanova; and women’s basketball player Seimone Augustus.

Walker, who was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, was the eighth overall selection in the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. He played 12 seasons (1996-2007) in the major leagues and earned his business degree from LSU in 1998 by returning to school during the MLB off-seasons. Walker was inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, and he became a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

In recent years, Walker has served as a coach and mentor to youngsters in the Shreveport-Bossier area, and he works as a college baseball analyst for the SEC Network.

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