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Eddie Bane
Baseball / 1971-1973
/ Inducted 1978
Bane was an All-American pitcher and Sporting News Player of the Year in 1973. He led the nation in strikeouts in 1973 when he was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins. He pitched the only perfect game in Arizona State history vs. Cal State-Northridge, 1973. He set an NCAA College World Series Tournament record in 1972 with 17 strikeouts in a nine-inning game vs. Oklahoma.

Chris Bando
Baseball / 1975-1978
/ Inducted 1984
Named All-America and All-College World Series catcher in 1978, he set NCAA single-season records for doubles (30) and runs batted in (102). In 1977, he hit a one-out, 7th inning homerun, to give the Sun Devils a 2-1 victory over South Carolina in the College World Series championship game. The game-winning homer came 12 years after his brother, Sal, scored the winning run in ASU's first NCAA title game.

Sal Bando
Baseball / 1964-1965
/ Charter Inductee 1975
Bando was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1965 College World Series, and was third baseman for the 1965 NCAA championship team. He held a College World Series record for the most hits in a series (12), and shares the record for most runs scored (10). He was a star third baseman and team captain fro the Oakland A's in the late 1960's and into the 1970's.

Alan Bannister
Baseball / 1970-1972
/ Inducted 1976
Bannister was an All-American shortstop in both 1971 and 1972. He established a college baseball single-season record for triples with 13 in 1971. He also set NCAA records (since broken) for RBIs (90) and most total bases (177) in 1972 and became the first collegiate player to get over 100 hits in a season (101 in 1972). He began his professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies and is now with the Chicago White Sox.

Floyd Bannister
Baseball / 1973-1976
/ Inducted 1977
Lefty Gomez Plate Award winner as outstanding amateur baseball player of the year in 1976, Bannister was the number one draft choice of the Houston Astros and first man picked in 1976. He was an All-America in 1975-1976. Bannister shares the ASU and NCAA record for the most victories in a season with 19 in 1976. He compiled 34 victories as the number one starter for Arizona State across two full varsity seasons. He led the nation in strikeouts with 217 in 1975 and 213 in 1976.

Mike Benjamin
Baseball/1986-1987
/ Inducted 2011
Benjamin earned All-America and All-Pac-10 honors in 1987. He was one of five Sun Devils to hit above .300 in 1987 with a .327 average, 18 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Benjamin fielded a .950 clip, making just 19 errors in 383 chances in 1986.

Willie Bloomquist 
Baseball / 1997-99
/ Inducted 2013
A three-time All-American, two-time first team All-Pac-10 performer and an academic All-American, Bloomquist was one of the most productive student-athletes in Arizona State baseball history. He made 175 career starts for the Sun Devils from 1997-99 and finished his collegiate career with the third best batting average in school history at .394. He is one of two players in program history to record 100 hits in consecutive seasons (1998-99) and still ranks in the top five in runs (216), stolen bases (72) and triples (22). The 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Bloomquist led the conference in hits, walks, triples and runs, and began the season with a 20-game hitting streak. He made an impact from the moment he stepped on campus as his .356 freshman batting average ranks among the highest in program annals and earned him freshman All-America recognition. The only player to record four steals in two separate games, he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 1998 and earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU in 2001. The Seattle Mariners selected him in the third round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and he made his debut for the Mariners in 2002.

Barry Bonds
Baseball / 1983-1985
/ Inducted 1999
The third-leading homerun hitter (45) at ASU, his stats include top 10 in hits (seventh, 247), slugging percentage (tenth, .616), and total bases (sixth, 438). Selected as All-American in 1985 and All-Conference in 1984 and 1985, he was a member of the 1983 and '84 All-College World Series teams. Named Sporting News Player of the Decade for the 1990's, he also has three MVP trophies and is among major league leaders in almost every offensive category in the 1990's. He is first in RBIs (1,064) and walks (1,132), second in slugging percentage (.601), third in homeruns (353), and sixth in stolen bases (342). He slugged his 400th homerun in 1998, the first major league player to reach 400 homeruns and 400 stolen bases in a career. He hit 40 homeruns and stole 40 bases in 1996 and accumulated multiple 30-30 seasons.

Hubie Brooks
Baseball / 1977-1978
/ Inducted 1983
He played the outfield for the 1977 NCAA National Championship Sun Devils. The next year, he moved to shortstop and gained All-America first team honors after setting an NCAA record for the most hits in one year (126). His achievements earned him a starting spot on the All-time ASU baseball team. Drafted by the New York Mets, he became the team's starting third baseman in the early 1980's.

Kendall Carter
Baseball / 1981-84
/ Inducted 2001
Carter (baseball), who set an NCAA freshman record with 19 wins in 1981, capped off his four-year Sun Devil career in 1984 with ASU records for most victories (47) and most appearances (102). Carter was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1984 and served on the ASU coaching staff from 1986-1990. He twice earned All-Pac-10 honors (1981 and 1983).

Roy Coppinger
Baseball, Basketball / 1951-53
/ Inducted 1993
Coppinger played both baseball and basketball for the Sun Devils and was inducted in 1993.

Alvin Davis
Baseball / 1979-1982
/ Inducted 1987
Davis was one of the best pure hitters to ever take the field at ASU's Packard Stadium. In four seasons as a Sun Devil first baseman-designated hitter, he batted .362 with 27 homeruns, 200 runs batted in, and 51 doubles. In three seasons as a starter, Davis batted .370 in 1980, .395 in ASU's championship season of 1981, and .355 with 13 homeruns and 9 RBIs as a senior in 1982. A three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection, Davis was voted Pac-10 Southern Division Player of the Year in 1982. He was All-College World Series in 1981, batting .478 with four RBIs and was a second-team All-American in 1982. Following his senior year, he was honored as a member of ASU's 25-year All-Time Team. Currently an All-Star first baseman with the Seattle Mariners, Davis was voted the American League Rookie of the Year in 1984, just one full season after competing at ASU.

Duffy Dyer
Baseball / 1963-1966
/ Inducted 1986
Duffy was a member of ASU's first national championship baseball team in 1965, and also starred on the 1966 squad. In his two years as a baseball letter-winner, Dyer hit .325 in '65 and followed that with a .326 average in 1966, while the Sun Devils combined for a 95-19 record. He was selected to the All-Time ASU baseball team in 1983, the 25-year anniversary of Sun Devil baseball excellence. Dyer was drafted by the New York Mets in 1966, and went on to a distinguished 12-year professional career.

Tom Futch
Football, Basketball, and Baseball / 1953-1956
/ Inducted 1992
A three-sport star at ASU, Futch was a three-year starter in basketball who earned second-team All-Border Conference accolades in 1956.

Gary Gentry
Baseball / 1967
/ Inducted 1976
Gentry was an All-American pitcher in 1967 as a member of the NCAA championship team. He pitched all 15 innings in the 3-2 playoff win over Arizona in the WAC Southern Division title playoff game in 1967. He then beat Stanford, 4-3 in 14 innings in the College World Series game. He is credited with the win in the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over Baltimore in the third game of the 1969 World Series.

Dave Graybill
Football, Basketball, Baseball /1953-1957
/ Inducted 1977
Emphasizing his versatility , he was a starter and a winner in three major sports - football, basketball, and baseball - during his four-year stay. He led ASU in passing (1955-1956) and was the Border Conference's Most Valuable Player in 1955 in football. He set an ASU single game scoring record in basketball and won the national singles handball title.

Larry Gura
Baseball / 1967-1969
/ Inducted 1978
Gura was a first team All-American pitcher in 1969 when he established the NCAA record with 19 victories. In 1967, he won a key early round game with Stanford in relief as ASU won the NCAA championship. He was a member of the All-College World Series team in 1969 when he won two games and saved another as ASU won the NCAA title again. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and later played with the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals.

Bob Horner
Baseball / 1976-1978
/ Inducted 1979
Horner was an infielder, first-team All-America and All-College World Series in 1977-78, as well as the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1978. He also received the U.S. Baseball Federation Award as the outstanding amateur player in 1978. He set NCAA career records for homeruns, and season records for homeruns and slugging percentage. He was the first player in 1978 to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1978.

Reggie Jackson
Baseball / 1966
/ Charter Inductee 1975
"Mr. October" was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in the first round as the second pick of the 1966 amateur draft. Played for the Athletics, Angels, Yankees and Orioles from 1967-1987. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

John Jacobs  
Baseball / 1957-60
/ Inducted 2013
Jacobs, whom legendary head coach Bobby Winkles described as “the finest fielding first baseman in college baseball and one of the top clutch hitters,” completed a rare feat at Arizona State as he earned the Charles Christopher Trophy in 1957, given to the freshman athlete of the year, and four years later received the Rosenzweig Award as the senior athlete of the year. He set four school records in 1960 as he helped the Devils climb to sixth in a poll voted on by collegiate baseball coaches, making that team the highest ranked program of any sport in school history. Jacobs collected a team-high 49 RBI in 38 games, along with nine triples, 25 extra base hits and a slugging average of .649, all school records, while also tying the team lead with six home runs and pacing the Devils with a .344 batting average. During his freshman season in 1957, Jacobs had 22 RBI and recorded 31 hits, including a team-leading seven doubles, in 100 bats. Jacobs’ power at first base helped drive the 1958 team to a 19-16 record, and in 1959, he led the Sun Devils with 36 RBIs and hit .310 on the 28-18 team. Jacobs played in 129 games and finished his career with school records in six hitting categories, including 159 hits, 504 at-bats, 32 doubles, 16 triples, 259 total bases and 105 RBI. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ASU and signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Mike Kelly
Baseball / 1989-1991
/ Inducted 2002
Kelly hit .350 in his three-year career and hit 46 home runs, second only to Bob Horner in the Sun Devil record books. He was a three-time All-American, won the 1991 Golden Spikes Award and was the consensus 1991 National Player of the Year.

Lerrin LaGrow
Baseball / 1968-1969
/ Inducted 1989
LaGrow was a powerful right-handed pitcher who compiled an impressive 19-1 record at ASU in two seasons. He led his team to a 56-11 record and the 1969 national championship while winning 14 games. He compiled a 5-0 record in 1968, helping the Sun Devils to a 39-14 record and second place national finish. LaGrow was among ASU career leaders in ERA (1.97, 7th) and winning percentage (.950, 3rd). He pitched 29 consecutive scoreless innings in 1969. Twice he had two-hit shutouts, defeating Wisconsin (1-0) in 1969 and Southern Illinois (4-0) in 1968. LaGrow played in the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Luis Lagunas
Baseball / 1963-1965
/ Inducted 1985
Lagunas drove in the deciding run in a 2-1 win over Ohio State in the 1965 College World Series championship game, giving ASU its first national title. Lagunas played shortstop for the Sun Devils in 1963 and batted .331, then moved over to second base for the 1964 and '65 seasons. He hit .340 in 1964 and helped the Sun Devils to a sixth place finish at the College World Series. He batted .307 for the '65 championship team and was a first-team All-America selection.

Kenny Landreaux
Baseball / 1974-1976
/ Inducted 1977
Landreaux made All-American first team in 1976 when he set four NCAA season hitting records and was the fifth player chosen in the draft by the California Angels. He was the first ASU player to hit 15 homeruns and steal 30 bases in the same season. He was also the second player in the school's history to hit over .400 for the season. Landreaux was named the Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year in 1977.

Paul Lo Duca
Baseball/1996
/ Inducted 2006
A catcher and designated hitter on Jim Brock's 1993 team, Lo Duca played only one season at ASU but was named the National Player of the Year by The Sporting News and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He was also a First Team All-American and Golden Spikes Ward finalist after posting an ASU record .446 battine average and leading the team in RBI.

Jerry Maddox
Baseball / 1973-1975

Maddox was a Lefty Gomez Plate Award Winner as the outstanding amateur baseball player of the year in 1975. He was an All-America of both Baseball Coaches and Sporting News in 1975. He established an NCAA record for the most homeruns in a season with 20 in 1975. He also set an NCAA mark for the most total bases in a season with 184 in 1975. He switched from third base to shortstop between 1974 and 1975 and led ASU to a third place finish in the College World Series title.

Oddibe McDowell
Baseball / 1983-1984
/ Inducted 1991
McDowell was one of the six Arizona State players to ever earn first-team All-American accolades twice (1983, 1984). He was the winner of the 1984 Golden Spikes award, given annually to the outstanding amateur player of the year. He ranks seventh in career batting average (.380) and sixth in slugging percentage (.644). He ranks among the top 10 in ASU annals in career steals (72) and homeruns (30). He tied the single-season mark for runs scored (101) and holds the record for total bases (220). McDowell posted a .405 average during his senior season, 1 of 8 players in ASU history to best the .400-mark in a season. He also led the team that year in homeruns (23), RBIs (74), and stolen bases (36). He is co-holder of a school record with three homeruns in one game and sits in second place with 14 total bases in one game. McDowell set an ASU record for 21 consecutive stolen bases and was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 1984. He was the starting centerfielder for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and the first round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 1984.

Jim Merrick
Baseball/1963-65
/ Inducted 2005
Helped lead the Sun Devils to their first ever College World Series berth, and ultimately, their first National Championship. Merrick was the winning pitcher in the 1965 National Title game, giving up only one run over six innings against Ohio State. He won 13 games that season, including 10 complete games. Merrick went on to be the head baseball coach at McClintock High School, having the field named after him in 2005.

Rick Monday
Baseball / 1965/ Charter Inductee 1975

All-American and star centerfielder for the 1965 NCAA championship team, Monday was the first player picked in the professional draft in 1965, selected by the Kansas City A's. He played in the majors with the Oakland A's and the Chicago Cubs.

Fred Nelson
Baseball / 1967-1968
/ Inducted 1998
Nelson was a second baseman for the ASU College World Series Championship Team in 1967. He was a District and Western Athletic Conference First-Team Selection and a 1968 All-American. He led ASU in hitting at a .351 clip in 1968. Nelson still holds the individual record for the most walks in a game with five. He was a coach at Scottsdale Community College for nine years until he moved on to coach for the Chicago White Sox.

Mike Pagel
Football, Baseball / 1978-1982
/ Inducted 1994

Pagel is among the most prolific passers to play at ASU. He earned Associated Press and Sporting News honorable mention honors in 1981. He was also named to the All-Pac-10 first team that year. He had the best game of his college career against Stanford in 1981 when he connected on 26 of 34 passes (.765) for 446 yards and seven touchdowns. His seven touchdowns that game, along with 29 in the season, were still ASU records at the time of his induction. He was voted team captain and MVP for the 1981 season. He played in the East-West Shrine Hula Bowl and Olympic Gold Bowl games in 1981. Pagel also played baseball while at ASU. He sported a .320 batting average and had 44 RBI's while scoring 49 runs during the 1982 season. He was drafted by the NFL's Baltimore Colts in the fourth round, 84th player overall, in the 1982 draft.

John Pavlik
Baseball / 1964-1966
/ Inducted 1990
Pavlik played baseball at Arizona State University from 1964 through 1966. His career record was 22-1, which ranks as the second-highest winning percentage in Sun Devil history at .956. Pavlik was 1-0 in 1964, 12-0 in 1965, and 9-1 in 1966. In the 1965 campaign, he played a major role in Arizona State's first-ever national championship in baseball. That same season, he was 12-0 with a sparkling 1.78 ERA. He starred at the College World Series in Omaha, working 16.1 innings and posting a 2-0 record with a 1.65 ERA. He defeated both Lafayette and St. Louis at the CWS. Pavlik earned second team All-America status in 1965, and was named to the All-WAC team as well.

Jeff Pentland
Baseball / 1966-1968
/ Inducted 2002
Pentland pitched in 54 games as a Sun Devil, starting 44 and posted a 32-12 career record and a 2.25 ERA. He was 14-5 with a 2.05 ERA and 12 complete games in 1967, helping lead ASU to its second NCAA College World Series Championship. Pentland earned his B.A. in physical education (secondary education) in 1969 and his M.S. in physical education in 1976 from Arizona State.

Paul Ray Powell
Football, Baseball /1967-1969
/ Inducted 1978
As a defensive back and place kicker on the 1967-68 football teams, Powell was the NCAA kick-scoring champion in 1968 with 77 points. In baseball, he was a first-team All-America pick and the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1969. He set an NCAA record for hits in a season in 1969. Powell was a first round draft choice and the first collegiate player to be picked in 1969. He played with the Minnesota Twins and later with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lenny Randle
Football, Baseball /1968-1970
/ Inducted 1980
Randle was a second baseman on the 1969 NCAA championship team and third team AA-American at that position in 1970. He was drafted by the Washington Senators and played with the Texas Rangers, New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs. He was a football return specialist and holder of several school records for kickoff and punt returns. Randle scored six touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns.

Kevin Romine
Baseball/1981-1982
/ Inducted 1996
Romine, from Exeter, N.H., has the highest career batting average in Sun Devil history, batting .408 over his two seasons in Tempe. He is also ASU's leader in career stolen bases (86), including a single-season record 59 in 1981. Romine was a second round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in the 1982 draft, playing seven seasons for the team. Kevin's son Andrew is currently a short stop for ASU, wearing his father's #12.

Roger Schmuck
Baseball / 1970-1971
/ Inducted 1980
As a first-baseman on the 1971 team, he had a 45-game hitting streak which still stood as the NCAA record through his 1980 induction year. He also earned All-American first team honors. His .434 batting average in 1971 was the highest ever by a Sun Devil regular through 1980.

Sterling Slaughter
Baseball / 1961-1963
/ Inducted 1981
ASU's initial first-team baseball All-America, 1963, Slaughter set the school record for strikeouts in a game with 22 in 1963. He established three school single-season records in 1963 when he led the nation in strikeouts. Slaughter became the first Sun Devil player to achieve major league status when he joined the Chicago Cubs in 1964.

Mike Sodders
Baseball/1980-1981
/ Inducted 2009
Was one of the most dominating hitters ever at ASU. He ranks among the top 10 in school history in batting average (tied for 5th, .389) and home runs (tied for 10th, 36), despite playing just two seasons of college baseball. Sodders led the Pacific-10 Conference in batting in 1981 with a .424 average, which is the fifth-best single-season batting average in ASU history. He also had 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 1981, and he was Baseball America's National Player of the Year, a First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year that season. The 100 RBI in 1981 also makes him one of only three players in school history to reach that mark in a season. The Sun Devils won their fifth national championship in 1981, and Sodders was named to the All-College World Series team. He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 1981 draft.

Craig Swan
Baseball / 1969-1972
/ Inducted 1981
First team All-America and All-College World Series team, 1972, Swan established ASU records for career wins (47) and innings pitched (457-2/3). He won one game at the 1969 College World Series, as the Sun Devils won the title, and captured two more victories in the 1972 CWS when ASU finished second. Swan was the National League earned run average champion for the New York Mets in 1978.

Fernando Vina
Baseball / 1990 / Inducted 2011
Vina was First Team All-Pac-10 in 1990. He hit .387 with 108 hits in his only season in Tempe. The .387 average led the Pac-10 South division. Vina was the 9th round pick of the New York Mets in 1990 and two-time Gold Glove winner. He was a 1998 All-Star and played 12 big league seasons for the Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Cardinals and Tigers. Vina served as a Major League baseball analyst for ESPN and now works in the same capacity for Comcast on Oakland Athletics broadcasts in the Bay Area.

Clay Westlake
Baseball/1973-1976
/ Inducted 2004
Clay Westlake, the 37th member of the Hall of Fame representing the baseball team, was a four-year letterwinner and produced on the best offensive careers in the history of the program. A career .336 hitter, Westlake still holds career records for hits (322), doubles (88) and at-bats (958) and is second with 505 career total bases. An All-WAC selection all four years of his career, he produced one of the best freshman seasons on record by hitting a .382 clip with 20 doubles. An All-College World Series team selection in 1973, Westlake was drafted twice in his career, including being selected in the 15th round of the 1976 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. Westlake earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1978.

 

 

 

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