College Baseball Obituaries: John Winkin, John Hoover

John Winkin, who led Maine to six trips to the College World Series from 1975-86, died Saturday in Waterville, Maine, at the age of 94.

Winkin spent 44 years as a head baseball coach, most recently at Division III Husson (Maine), which he coached from 2004-2007 until he had a stroke, which limited him thereafter. Winkin led Maine for 22 seasons, leading the Black Bears to 11 NCAA tournaments and six regional titles.

He coached future big leaguers such as Billy Swift and Mike Bordick in his time with Maine, as well as Clemson coach Jack Leggett and Southern Maine coach Ed Flaherty, the father of Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty.

Winkin had a varied career including a stint in the Navy during World War II. He also played baseball, basketball and soccer at Duke and was a physical fitness advocate noted for daily runs that lasted into his 90s.

For more on Winkin, see the obituary in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald also the one written by the Bangor Daily News.

Former Fresno State Ace Hoover Dies at 51

John Hoover, who still holds Division I records for complete games in a season (19) and career (42) and was a first-round pick by the Orioles in 1984, died July 8 in Fresno. He was 51.

Hoover was an ace righthander for Fresno State from 1981-84 and was Baseball America’s Pitcher of the Year in 1984, when  he had a season for the ages. Hoover went 18-3, 2.09 and struck out 205 with just 39 walks in 177 innings. He completed 19 of his 21 starts that season and earned a spot on the first U.S. Olympic team.

The Orioles picked him 25th overall that year in the draft, and Hoover reached the major leagues for two outings in 1990 with the Rangers.

The Fresno Bee had more on Hoover here.