April 13, 2006
The College Baseball Foundation announced the names of 46 collegiate baseball greats that make up the 2006 College Hall of Fame ballot, including five former Big Ten student-athletes and two coaches. The list of conference honorees includes Michigan's Ray Fisher, Barry Larkin and George Sisler, Minnesota's Paul Molitor, Dick Seibert and Dave Winfield and Ohio State's Steve Arlin.
The ballot of potential coach inductees includes Minnesota's Seibert. Also know as the "Chief", Siebert is the longest-tenured coach in Gopher history as he coached from 1948-78, compiling a 754-360-8 career record.
Larkin, Molitor, Winfield and Arlin are among the list of legendary former players. Larkin, a shortstop from 1983-85, was a two-time first team All-Big Ten and All-America selection (1984-85), Big Ten Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985 and earned Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament in 1983. Molitor played for Minnesota from 1975-77 and earned first team All-Conference and All-America honors as a shortstop in 1976 and 1977. Winfield pitched for the Golden Gophers from 1971-73 and was a first team All-Big Ten member for three-consecutive years. Arlin, a first-team All-Conference honoree in 1965 and 1966, currently holds four Big Ten regular season records in most innings pitched in an individual game (16), most innings pitched in a season (141.1), most completed games (10, twice) and most strikeouts (165). He earned first team All-America honors two-consecutive years from 1965-66.
Fisher and Sisler of Michigan have been named veteran (pre-1947) candidates. Fisher, who coached the Wolverines from 1921-58, set a school record with 637 wins and led Michigan to 15 Big Ten Championships and a College World Series title in 1953. Sisler played for Michigan from 1913-15 and captained the squad during the 1914 season.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will be announced in late April and honorees will officially be inducted during a two-day celebration of collegiate baseball which will begin on July 3 with the third annual Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner on the campus of Texas Tech University. On July 4, the inaugural Hall of Fame class will make their acceptance speeches during the official induction ceremonies as part of the fourth annual 4th on Broadway Festival in Lubbock, Texas.