This has been a big week for St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock. Along with preparing for his annual coaching stint in spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla., the 72-year-old opened the Cardinals exhibit at the Clinton Museum in Little Rock Friday night.
Friday also brought a new career honor for the former outfielder as he was one of seven players and coaches elected to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. The announcement was made by the College Baseball Foundation with selection criteria based only on nominees’ collegiate careers.
Brock starred for Southern University in Baton Rouge from 1958-1960. He earned a scholarship in his sophomore year and was named All-Southwestern Athletic Conference. In 1959, Brock led Southern to the NAIA championship with a .536 average and then competed for the United States team in the Pan-Am Games. In 1960, he hit .351 and stole 18 bases before receiving a $30,000 bonus for signing with the Chicago Cubs.
27 years after becoming just the 15th player to be named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Brock will now join the College Hall as well. He was previously named to at least three state-oriented sports Halls in Louisiana (1983), Missouri (1992) and Arkansas (1995).
Other 2012 College Baseball Hall inductees include ex-players Nomar Garciaparra (Georgia Tech), Brad Wilkerson (Florida) and Tim Jorgensen (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) plus three coaches: Ed Cheff (Lewis-Clark State), Frank Sancet (Arizona) and Wayne Graham (Rice).
Current members of the Hall include these individuals who later went on to become St. Louis Cardinals players, managers or executives: Dick Groat, Branch Rickey, Will Clark and Bob Horner.
This year’s group of inductees will be honored during a weekend of festivities June 29-30 at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Tex.