Former Hoosier Smith Named to NBCHOF Ballot
Feb. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana standout Mike Smith (1989-92) is one of 54 former college baseball players on the ballot for the 2008 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Inductees into the Hall of Fame will be presented on July 4 at the College Baseball Foundation's annual celebration.
The former shortstop hit .369 in his IU career, smashing 47 home runs and driving in 185 runs in his four years. In 1992, Smith posted one of the best seasons in NCAA history, hitting .490 with 27 home runs and 95 RBIs to lead the nation in all three categories. He remains the only player in college baseball lore to win the triple crown. Smith, who also won the Big Ten triple crown that season, earned first team All-America laurels following his 1992 campaign.
In the ballot's 1988-97 category, Smith is joined by Andy Benes (Evansville), Darren Dreifort (Wichita State), Paul Ellis (UCLA), Bobby Jones (Fresno State), Mike Kelly (Arizona State), Travis Lee (San Diego State), David McCarty (Stanford) and Ben McDonald (LSU).
The members of the 2008 College Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced in late February or early March once all the ballot have been tallied and the results verified. Those selected will join previous inductees, including coaches Skip Bertman of LSU, Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Cliff Gustafson of Texas and the late Rod Dedeaux of USC, and players Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Jim Abbott of Michigan, Will Clark of Mississippi State and Derek Tatsuno of Hawai'i.
"Our two previous groups of inductees have represented some truly legendary accomplishments in college baseball and I'm sure this year will be no different," said Jeff Chase, co-chair of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. "It's always exciting for us to get to honor the very best in the history of college baseball."
To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a four-year institution and made an All-American team (post-1947) or an All-League team (pre-1947) and or earned verifiable national acclaim.
Ballot-eligible coaches must have achieved 300 wins or won at least 65 percent of their games.
"We have worked closely with schools across the country to select the best candidates for this year's ballot," Gustafson said. "We have tried to provide as a complete a picture of their achievement as is possible to give the voters concrete information on which to base their votes."
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