Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||1994 Inductee, Baseball (1970-1972)|
If not drafted high, he confessed before the 1972 selection process, he would play his final baseball season at Oregon. After all, the Ducks had just shared the Pacific-8 Conference’s Northern Division crown and prospects were bright. The credentials of the sure-handed 6-foot 3-inch infielder were too glossy to ignore, however, and he was the first pick overall
by the San Diego Padres and selected as college baseball’s player of the year.
He hit .370 over his final two seasons, including a .410 batting average with a nation-leading 12 home runs as a junior, and
finished his career with five one-season records and the all-time mark of 81 career runs batted in. He not only played well
as a collegian, but was a star of amateur summer baseball between seasons and starred for the U.S. team in the 1970 World
Games in Columbia. He played 10 professional seasons with four teams as an infielder and catcher.