The Class of 2006 includes legendary
coaches Skip Bertman of LSU, Bobby Winkles of Arizona State, Ron Fraser of
"I am very excited to be included
in the very first college baseball Hall of Fame class," said Bertman, who is now
LSU's athletics director. "For me to be honored with these coaches and players
that I have grown to admire and respect is very special. I'm looking forward to
seeing everyone in
Bertman guided LSU to five NCAA baseball titles (1991, '93, '96, '97, 2000), seven SEC championships and a record of 870-330-3 (.724) in 18 seasons (1984-2001). He was named National Coach of the Year six times, and his teams drew huge crowds to venerable Alex Box Stadium, as LSU led the nation in attendance in each of his final six seasons (1996-2001).
Bertman also served as head coach
of the 1996
Prior to his appointment at LSU,
Bertman received stellar recognition as one of the nation's brightest assistant
coaches while at the
Bertman spent his collegiate
playing days at
The collegiate legends will be
officially enshrined during a two-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 3rd with the third annual
Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner to be held at
the United Spirit Arena, on the campus of
On Tuesday, 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 as part of the annual 4th on Broadway
"The excitement has been building
within the college baseball community since this project was first announced two
years ago," said CBF Chairman/CEO
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 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees are available at: www.collegebaseballfoundation.org
In addition, two final veteran selections will be named later this fall and will be officially inducted with the Class of 2007. This year's list of veteran pre-1947 candidates included coaches Clint Evans of California, John "Jack" Barry of Holy Cross, Ray Fisher of Michigan, Billy Disch of Texas; and players Joe "Rip" Sewell of Alabama, Ted Lyons of Baylor, Christy Mathewson of Bucknell, Lou Gehrig of Columbia, Frankie Frisch of Fordham, Owen Carroll of Holy Cross, George Sisler of Michigan and Bobby Layne of Texas. The Veteran and Historical Committees will research and nominate individuals each year from the pre-1947 era.
Players are eligible for
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 2006 ballot, but not selected for induction to the Hall of Fame this year, will become holdovers and automatically appear on the ballot next year.
The 80-member CBF Hall of Fame
Voting Committee was split into eight committees of ten members, which
chose these elite individuals. 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,
"One thing that was apparent throughout the voting process was the thought that out voters put into this very difficult task," said Askins. "The history of college baseball predates 1900, and I believe that our voters focused on the individuals who helped lay the foundation of the modern game as we know it today. This first-ever class of inductees will give our event a unique place in the history of sports. The national television exposure on the Fox networks will also showcase to the nation just how vibrant and growing an area the South Plains really is."
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 Sports Network and Fox College Sports, will be updated on the CBF website (www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.) as they are made available.