March 5, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Holy Cross pitching legend Owen Carroll has been selected as a Vintage-Era inductee into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Carroll joins fellow Vintage-Era inductees William J. "Billy" Disch of Sacred Heart College, St. Edward's University and Texas as well as Jack Roosevelt "Jackie Robinson of Pasadena Junior College and UCLA. This year's Hall of Fame inductees were chosen based on votes by more than 90 representatives across the country, including coaches, media members, and previous inductees.
Over his four year career on the hill for the Crusaders, Carroll compiled a record of 50-2, threw 16 shutouts, and helped earn three championships. He also recorded 16 shutouts and captained the Crusaders to an 18-0 record in 1924.
Carroll's name appears all through the Holy Cross record books as is currently ranked first in games started in a single season (16), first (15) and second (13) in completed games and second in game appearances in a single season (16).
The winningest pitcher in Crusader history, Carroll also holds the first and second spots in most consecutive wins in a season with 16 and 11. He also has the most career wins for a pitcher with 28 victories from 1923-1925. He is the only pitcher in school history with a perfect season winning percentage as he went 16-0 in 1925, 11-0 in 1924, and 10-0 in 1922. His career record of 50-2 is the best winning percentage in school history (.960).
He is also holds four out of the five spots in the Top Five most innings pitched in a season with 140 and a third innings as the most in school history. He stands alone in career innings pitched with 450 and a third innings pitched over the course of four seasons. Carroll also holds the school record for most strikeouts in a season with 118 in 1923 and in a career with 387 from 1922-1925.
After graduating from Holy Cross in 1925, he then went on to a professional career from 1925 to 1934, playing for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers. After retiring, he returned to the college game and coached at Seton Hall for 25 years, sending five Pirates to the Major Leagues.