April 13, 2006
The College Baseball Hall of Fame

What do you know? It's a reason to visit Lubbock.

"Just like Canton and Cooperstown, sports fans around the nation will begin to turn their attention to Lubbock every summer," said John Askins, chairman and CEO of the College Baseball Foundation, which established the [College Baseball Hall of Fame].

"Different groups have talked about a college baseball hall of fame, but we decided to do something about it," he said.

The hall of fame museum will be part of a new baseball stadium complex, which will be built on the campus of Texas Tech and is scheduled to open before the 2008 season.

The initial list of nominees is pretty impressive. Among them are eight members of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame - Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Frankie Frisch, Christy Mathewson, Lou Gehrig, Ted Lyons, Joe Sewell, and George Sisler - plus one surefire future inductee in Barry Larkin and one member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Bobby Layne. As a Rice fan, I'm contractually obligated to wonder why Wayne Graham isn't on the list, but other than that, I've no gripes.

Anyway. I can't say a road trip is in my immediate future, but whatever else one may say about Lubbock (and having spent a couple of nights there on two different occasions, there is much that one can say), it's way closer to me than Cooperstown. So you never know.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 13, 2006 to Baseball | TrackBack

I was sentenced to live in Lubbock in 1975. There are cattle feed lots surrounding Lubbock and regardless of which way the wind is blowing, the smell of cow dung follows. Lubbock has the most boring street layout in America - everything except the loop freeway and Slide Road are strictly N-S or E-W. And the dust storms are remarkably unpleasant. I'm with Mac Davis - the best thing about Lubbock is seeing it in the rear view mirror.

Posted by: Brenda Helverson on April 13, 2006 7:38 PM

Hold on there, Brenda. Remember how hometown hero Mac's song ends up: "Now Happiness is Lubbock, Texas, growing nearer and dearer...and when I die you can bury me in Lubbock, Texas in my jeans." Take Mac Davis Lane to Buddy Holly Avenue and the Depot District, and check out the TTU campus. 200,000 friendly West Texans can't be wrong.

Posted by: Brad Walker on April 23, 2006 10:27 AM

Leaving Incaviglia off the initial ballot is a joke. Who voted for this and what in the world are the criteria that they used?

Posted by: chris johnson on April 26, 2006 3:09 PM

Please hit the website: www.collegebaseballfoundation.org. You'll see we put together 80 qualified voters and Inky was among the finalists.
I'm glad you care.

Posted by: Brad Walker on April 27, 2006 4:35 PM