Fred Lynn Announced as Member of the Class of 2017 Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame|
June 22, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. (June 22, 2017) – Two of the greatest players ever to participate in the College World Series will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame July 1 in Omaha, Neb. Trojan great Fred Lynn will join Pat Burrell (Miami) as inductee into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Lynn and Burrell will be recognized in front of fans at the College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on July 1 live on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. CDT.
Lynn joins USC famed coach Rod Dedeaux in the Hall of Fame, as he was a member of the inaugural class in 2013.
Established in 2013 to celebrate college baseball’s rich history, the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame honors the game’s legends that have made their mark in Omaha. Inductees were selected because of their outstanding contributions to college baseball, specifically through extraordinary performances on the game’s grandest stage: in Omaha. Finalists and winners were selected by a committee comprised of Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees as well as members of the media.
Lynn helped the Trojans win three consecutive national championships (1971, 1972 and 1973) while batting .320 with 28 home runs and 11 RBIs over three seasons and158 career games. He was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team in 1971after hitting .467 (7-for-15). In1973, Lynn went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the CWS final vs. Arizona State to secure the Trojans their third consecutive national championship.
During his major league career which started with the Boston Red Sox, Lynn became the first player in Major League Baseball history to win American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors after batting .331 with 21 home runs and 105 RBI. He later earned MVP honors at the 1982 AL Championship Series with the California Angels (.611 with a home run and five RBI) and the 1983 All-Star Game, where he hit the first grand slam in All-Star history in Chicago's Comiskey Park. A nine-time AL All-Star, he was an all-around outfielder for Boston, California, Baltimore, Detroit and San Diego hitting 306 home runs and winning four Gold Gloves.
Although still in its infancy, The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame already has a prestigious history of inductees. The inaugural class included Rod Dedeaux (USC coach), Augie Garrido (Texas coach), Bob Horner (Arizona State), Brooks Kieschnick (Texas), Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State) and Dave Winfield (Minnesota). The last three classes have included Ron Fraser (Miami coach), Cliff Gustafson (Texas coach), Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Steve Arlin (Ohio State), Sal Bando (Arizona State), Barry Bonds (ASU), Will Clark (Mississippi State), Burt Hooton (Texas), Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton), Keith Moreland (Texas) and Todd Walker (LSU).