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Fred Lynn to be inducted in the CBB HOF

I meant to get to this earlier in the week.

USC Great Fred Lynn will be inducted in the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas this summer.

From the USC Website:

Photo: The Trojan Family Magazine
LUBBOCK, Texas --- The College Baseball Foundation announced today the names of eleven collegiate baseball legends, including former USC outfielder Fred Lynn, which join four veteran candidates that will comprise the 2007 Induction Class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas.

Lynn (Alhambra, Calif/El Monte HS) becomes the second Trojan to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after legendary head coach Rod Dedeaux made the first class last year. He appeared on three consecutive USC national championship squads (1971, 1972 and 1973) and had a career .320 average with 28 home runs and 111 RBI. He also earned 1971 All-College World Series honors for the Trojans.

During his major league career which started with the Boston Red Sox, Lynn became the first player in major league history to win American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors after batting .331 with 21 home runs and 105 RBI. He later earned MVP honors at the 1982 AL Championship Series with the California Angels (.611 with a home run and five RBI) and the 1983 All-Star Game, where he hit the first grand slam in All-Star history in Chicago's Comiskey Park.

The announcement comes after the conclusion of an intensive voting process that began with nominations in January and three elimination ballots. The Class of 2007 includes legendary coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Chuck "Bobo" Brayton of Washington State, Bibb Falk of Texas, Jerry Kindall of Arizona and Dick Siebert of Minnesota, in addition to standout former players Jim Abbott of Michigan, Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, John Olerud of Washington State, Phil Stephenson of Wichita State and Derek Tatsuno of Hawai'i.

I was always a big fan of Fred Lynn even though he played for the Red Sox. Once he got to the California Angels I was stoked.

Congrats to Fred on this special accomplishment.