Fred Lynn receives recognition for being inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. He becomes the second Trojan (after Rod Dedeaux) to receive the honor.
July 5, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas --- The College Baseball Foundation inducted its 2007 class for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, which included former USC outfielder Fred Lynn.
Lynn (Alhambra, Calif/El Monte HS) becomes the second Trojan to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after legendary head coach Rod Dedeaux made the first class last year. He appeared on three consecutive USC national championship squads (1971, 1972 and 1973) and had a career .320 average with 28 home runs and 111 RBI. He also earned 1971 All-College World Series honors for the Trojans.
"I wonder why I am here, especially after it took us 17 hours to get here because of the weather," said Lynn. "I am proud to be here and I am grateful to many people for a fair amount of success. My parents were very supportive and I probably got a lot of the ability from my mom. My dad did toughen me up a little by bouncing a hardball off my head when I was little. They convinced me that there would be no sports without A's or B's in class and I was grateful for the USC football program in helping me come there on an athletic scholarship. Playing for (Hall of Fame) coach Rod Dedeaux was scary at times, but you learned to play intelligently and avoid making the mental mistakes."
During his major league career which started with the Boston Red Sox, Lynn became the first player in major league 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.
Four veteran selections previously announced will be celebrated and officially inducted with the Class of 2007. This first-ever Veteran Class of pre-1947 candidates includes legendary players Christy Mathewson of Bucknell, Lou Gehrig of Columbia and players-turned-coaches Joe Sewell of Alabama and John "Jack" Barry of Holy Cross.
The collegiate legends were officially enshrined during a three-day celebration of college baseball in July, which featured the theme `The Past Meets Present'.
Over 300 candidates were originally submitted for consideration by universities and CBF members. In conjunction with the Society for the Advancement of Baseball Research (SABR), the ABCA Veteran and CBF Historical Committees comprised the CBF Research Committee, which was charged with evaluating nominees worthy of official consideration. A complete list and short biographies of the 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees are available at: www.collegebaseballfoundation.org