Schaly among this year’s class for College HOF

MARIETTA -Don Schaly, who built Marietta College baseball into one of the most-respected programs in the nation, will join six others as part of the eighth class of National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made Thursday, April 11. Schaly, who graduated from Marietta College in 1959, and the rest of the class will be inducted during the two-day College Baseball Night of Champions celebration in Lubbock, Texas, June 28-29.

Joining Schaly in the 2013 class is Sal Bando, a standout third baseman at Arizona State from 1964-65; Ralph Garr, who batted .418 in a stellar career at Grambling from 1964-67; Tino Martinez of the University of Tampa, for whom the Division II Player of the Year award is named; and Roy Smalley of USC, a shortstop for the Trojans from 1973-74: Tom Borland of Oklahoma State University, who fashioned a perfect 11-0 record on the way to being named first-team All-American in 1955; John Winkin, who coached at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson College from 1954-2006 and led his Maine Black Bear teams to six College World Series appearances.

“This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions,” says Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”

Kent Tekulve (1969 MC grad), who recorded 184 saves during a 16-year Major League career, says it is fitting that Schaly is the first Division III coach to be included in this relatively new Hall of Fame.

“Before Don Schaly, Division III baseball was treated almost like a club sport,” says Tekulve, a member of Marietta’s Athletics Hall of Fame. “He changed that mentality at Marietta, but also in Division III baseball. He turned Marietta into a real baseball program. I think we were the first to make a spring trip, and then he made it a year-round commitment to staying in shape and playing summer ball. What you saw after that was other programs trying to copy what he was doing at Marietta.”

In 1975, Schaly guided the Etta Express to the World Series, which was then a combined championship between Division II and III programs. Marietta lost in the championship 10-7 to Florida Southern, which was loaded with scholarship players. The following season, the NCAA started a separate Division III tournament.

On that team was All-American Jim Tracy (1978 MC grad), who went on to play in the Major Leagues and manage the Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies.