Francona Headlines College Baseball Hall Of Fame Class

The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced its seven-man 2011 induction class Monday, headlined by Terry Francona, Red Sox manager and former Arizona outfielder.

Francona is joined by Southern catcher Danny Goodwin, Duke shortstop Dick Groat, Grambling State coach Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Arizona State outfielder Oddibe McDowell, Cal State Fullerton first baseman Tim Wallach and Clemson coach Bill Wilhelm.

Goodwin and Jones are the first two inductees chosen by the Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee. The committee was created to honor players and coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities who began their careers before 1975.

While Francona is best known as Red Sox manager, he won the Golden Spikes Award in 1980 and led Arizona to a College World Series championship. Goodwin was twice drafted No. 1 and was a three-time All-American. Groat was a two-time All-American in both baseball and basketball and helped the Blue Devils to the College World Series in 1952. McDowell was named Baseball America’s Player of the Year and won the Golden Spikes Award in 1984 and was a two-time All-American. Wallach won the 1979 Golden Spikes Award and set a school record with 102 RBIs.

Wilhelm, who died in December, coached Clemson from 1958-1993 and retired as the fifth winningest coach in college baseball history. Jones coached Grambling from 1926 to 1977 and was named NAIA coach of the year in 1967. He also served as Grambling’s president from 1936-1977.

The induction will take place July 3 in Lubbock, Texas.

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