Garciaparra Inducted Into College Baseball Hall Of Fame
July 3, 2012
Photo Gallery: Nomar Garciaparra through the years
LUBBOCK, Texas - Georgia Tech great Nomar Garciaparra was one of seven new members inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night, in the annual celebration of the greatest players in past and present college baseball.
College Baseball's Night of Champions in Lubbock, Texas honored these men for their addition to the Hall of Fame: Garciaparra, Southern outfielder Lou Brock; Lewis-Clark State College coach Ed Cheff; San Jacinto College coach and Rice coach Wayne Graham; Wisconsin-Oshkosh shortstop Tim Jorgensen; Arizona coach Frank Sancet; and Florida outfielder and pitcher Brad Wilkerson.
All of the inductees said they found it special being recognized in such a fashion and were honored to be the seventh class inducted in the Hall of Fame that showcases college baseball's rich past.
"It really is a huge honor," Garciaparra said. "To be honored in this way. It truly is special. You think about all the college players that came through, to be part of a hall of fame and to be recognized, it truly is."
Garciaparra played three seasons on the Flats, his first two under former head coach Jim Morris and his final campaign under then first-year head coach Danny Hall in 1994. That 1994 squad, which also featured Jason Varitek, Jay Payton and Brad Rigby, won 50 games and fell to Oklahoma in the Championship Game of the College World Series -- Tech's first CWS appearance.
A two-time First Team All-America, First Team All-ACC and GTE Academic All-America, Garciaparra hit .427 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 1994 and finished his career with a .372 average (seventh all-time at Tech), 58 doubles (sixth), 14 triples (fourth) and 66 stolen bases (tied seventh).
The shortstop was named to the College World Series Legends Team in 2010. He was inducted into Georgia Tech's Hall of Fame in 2004.
Garciaparra is the first Yellow Jacket and the second Hall-coached player to enter the College Baseball Hall of Fame, after Barry Larkin was inducted in 2009. Larkin played at the University of Michigan from 1983-85, where Hall served as an assistant coach.
Although he was a star shortstop at Georgia Tech, Garciaparra said the recognition he received doesn't belong just to him.
"College was so impactful in my life," Garciaparra said. "And I represent so many: my entire team and the guys that allowed me to be so successful. College really is a time that can enhance your life, and my time in college definitely did that."
Garciaparra's Career College
First Team All-America: Sporting News (1993)
First Team All-America: Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, ABCA, NCBWA (1994)
Freshman All-America: Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball (1992)
Two-time GTE Academic All-America: 1993-94
ACC Freshman of the Year: 1992
Georgia Tech Hall of Fame: Class of 2004