Jackie Robinson joins third induction class into College Baseball Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press

Jackie Robinson was one of 12 former players and coaches elected Wednesday for the third induction class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

UCLA’s only four-sport athlete played baseball for the Bruins in 1940 after two seasons at Pasadena Junior College. He later broke major league baseball’s color barrier when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Robinson, who died in 1972, joined Owen Carroll, a former pitcher at Holy Cross and coach at Seton Hall, and Billy Disch, who coached Texas to 22 Southwest Conference titles from 1911-39, as three Vintage-Era inductees. The designation is for those who played or coached in college before 1947.

“These are guys that made a significant contribution to the early history of college baseball,” said Mike Gustafson, co-chairmain of the hall. “They played in an era before All-American teams and the awards that are commonly used to judge the performance of most recent players.”

Also elected were former major leaguers Steve Arlin (Ohio State), Eddie Bane (Arizona State), Floyd Bannister (Arizona State), Neal Heaton (Miami), Burt Hooten (Texas), the late Dick Howser (Florida State), Ben McDonald (LSU) and Greg Swindell (Texas).