April 12, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Holy Cross baseball legends John "Jack" Barry and Owen Carroll are two of the 46 all-time college baseball greats who comprise the 2006 Ballot for induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, as announced by the College Baseball Foundation this morning.
The "Knute Rockne" of college baseball, as Barry has been called, he played in college during 1905-08. Barry started his career with the Philadelphia A's when he was drafted by the legendary Connie Mack who stated that Barry was "the greatest shortstop there ever was." He returned to coach the Crusaders in 1920 after playing eight years of professional baseball. Barry would continue to coach the Crusaders for an unprecedented 39 seasons (1921-1960) finishing with a 616-150-6 (.802) record, and had two .500 seasons. The 1952 team was NCAA Champion. The 1960 club went 12-5 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in nine years in Jack Barry's final season at the helm of the Crusaders. Barry was inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame in 1956.
In 1924, Holy Cross compiled a perfect 18-0 record. Leading the way for the Crusaders was pitching ace and team captain, Owen Carroll, who was judged by historians to be the best college baseball pitcher of all-time. Over his four year career, he compiled a record of 50-2, threw 16 shutouts and helped to earn three championships.
Carroll is on top of almost every pitching record for Holy Cross including wins, complete games, winning percentage, ERA and strikeouts. Carroll would continue his baseball career pitching for Detroit. The right-hander from Kearney, N.J., was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1957. After college in 1925, Carroll signed with the Detroit Tigers and played in the majors just 30 days short of 10 years. Throughout his career, Carroll played for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers. He then returned to New Jersey and embarked on a successful career as baseball coach at Seton Hall University.
The list of potential 2006 Inductees include coaches Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Bobby Winkles and Dr. Jim Brock of Arizona State, Bill Wilhelm of Clemson, Skip Bertman of LSU, Ron Fraser of Miami, Dick Seibert of Minnesota, Gary Ward of Oklahoma State, Cliff Gustafson and Bibb Falk of Texas, Rod Dedeaux of USC and Charles "Bobo" Brayton of Washington State.
The list of legendary former players include Dave Magadan of Alabama, Bob Horner of Arizona State, Mickey Sullivan of Baylor, Jackie Jensen of California, Tim Wallach of Cal State Fullerton, Derek Tatsuno of Hawai'i, Pete Incaviglia and Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State, Billy Swift of Maine, Neal Heaton of Miami, Barry Larkin of Michigan, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield of Minnesota, Will Clark of Mississippi State, B. J. Surhoff of North Carolina, Steve Arlin of Ohio State, Brooks Kieschnick and Keith Moreland of Texas, Fred Lynn of USC, John Olerud of Washington State and Joe Carter and Phil Stephenson of Wichita State.
The list of veteran pre-1947 candidates include coaches Clint Evans of California, John "Jack" Barry of Holy Cross, Ray Fisher of Michigan, Billy Disch of Texas; and players Joe "Rip" Sewell of Alabama, Ted Lyons of Baylor, Christy Mathewson of Bucknell, Lou Gehrig of Columbia, Frankie Frisch of Fordham, Owen Carroll of Holy Cross, George Sisler of Michigan and Bobby Layne of Texas. Two final veteran selections will be named later this fall and will be officially inducted with the Class of 2007.
The ballot was e-mailed earlier to the eighty-member Hall of Fame Voting Committee, who will participate in two rounds of elimination votes in order to pare these legendary names to the final list of first-ever Hall of Fame Inductees.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will be announced at the completion of voting in late April.
Over 300 candidates were originally submitted for consideration by universities and CBF members. A complete list and short biographies of the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot nominees are available at: www.collegebaseballfoundation.org.