April 26, 2006
The College Baseball Foundation announced today that former Minnesota great Dave Winfield is among 10 collegiate baseball legends that will comprise the first-ever induction class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas.
Winfield pitched for the Golden Gophers from 1971-73 and was a first team All-Big Ten member for three-consecutive years. He earned first team All-America honors and was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series in 1973. During his time at Minnesota, he was 19-4 with 15 complete games, 229 strikeouts in 169.0 innings and posted an ERA of 2.24. He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will be officially 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.
In addition, two final veteran selections will be named later this fall and will be officially inducted with the Class of 2007. A pair of Wolverines - Ray Fisher and George Sisler - could still be inducted to the Hall of Fame, should they be selected by the Veteran and Historical Committees.
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.