Bertman to be inducted into Hall Tuesday

LSU athletics director Skip Bertman will be inducted Tuesday into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Bertman, who led LSU to five national championships during his 18-year tenure as baseball coach, is one of 10 members of the Hall's first induction class.

The Class of 2006 also includes legendary coaches Bobby Winkles of Arizona State, Ron Fraser of Miami, Cliff Gustafson of Texas and Rod Dedeaux of USC, and standout former players Bob Horner of Arizona State, Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State, Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Will Clark of Mississippi State and Brooks Kieschnick of Texas.


"I'm very excited to be included in the very first College Baseball Hall of Fame class," Bertman said. "For me to be honored with these coaches and players that I have grown to admire and respect is very special."

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 U.S. Olympic team that captured the bronze medal in Atlanta. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, 2003. In a Baseball America poll released in January, 1999, Bertman was voted the second greatest college baseball coach of the 20th century, trailing only Dedeaux.

The collegiate legends will participate in a two-day celebration of college baseball on Monday and Tuesday. The College Baseball Foundation will kick off the festivities on Monday 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 Texas Tech University. The Hall of Fame Class will be recognized during the ceremony.  

On Tuesday at 11 a.m., the inductees will participate in the annual Fourth on Broadway Parade, followed by a "Fan Fest." The coaches and players will then be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the annual Fourth on Broadway Festival, considered the "Largest Free Festival in the State of Texas." The inductees will attend the city's evening musical concert and Fourth of July fireworks spectacular to cap off the ceremonies. 


The Hall of Fame events will be carried nationally by Fox Sports Net, as well as Fox College Sports. Information regarding the events may be found on the College Baseball Foundation web site ( 

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