Since 2004 the Southwest Collection (SWC) has served as repository for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame (NCBHoF) on behalf of the College Baseball Foundation. The SWC has archived the history and material legacy of college baseball, including scrapbooks, photographs, videos, media guides and artifacts. Recent donations include ball caps, bats, uniforms, cleats and other items of interest from current and past college baseball players and coaches. Special items include the scrapbooks of Bob Horner of Arizona State University, and uniforms belonging to Hall of Fame Coach Rod Dedeaux of USC and Hall of Fame pitcher Dave Winfield of the University of Minnesota. Perhaps most impressive, the SWC downloads and archives nearly 700 emails per day during each baseball season from over 200 Division I and other schools.
Recording and videoing oral histories with Hall of Fame inductees, as well as the current NCAA baseball Player of the Year award winners who also attend the event, are another invaluable method through which the SWC preserves the history of college baseball. To date, nearly 100 oral histories have been conducted with players and their families. The Southwest Collection is proud to claim these as part of its robust oral history collection currently comprised of thousands of interviews, with new additions every month.
The 2013 Hall of Fame induction festivities lasted from Friday, June 29through Saturday, June 30. This year saw the induction of seven new members: Sal Bando of Arizona State University; Tom Borland of Oklahoma State University; Ralph Garr of Grambling University; Tino Martinez of the University of Tampa; Coach Don Schaly of Marietta College; Roy Smalley of the University of Southern California; and Coach John Winkin of Colby College, The University of Maine, and Husson College. The players and their family members expressed deep appreciation for the honor they received.
Hall of Famers’ careers were not the only ones celebrated. College baseball’s finest young athletes received awards for their on-the-field excellence. The 2013 season’s award winners were: Kris Bryant of the University of San Diego, National Player of the Year; Jonathan Gray of the University of Oklahoma, National Pitcher of the Year; Alex Bregman of Louisiana State University, Shortstop of the Year; Marco Gonzalez of Gonzaga University, Two-Way Player of the Year; Stuart Turner of the University of Mississippi, National Catcher of the Year; Mike Dickson of Gloucester County College, National Coach of the Year; and Dale Williams, recipient of the National Collegiate Umpire Award. The player awardees, coach, umpire, and Hall of Famers enjoyed the finest hospitality that the Southwest Collection and Lubbock, Texas had to offer. The culminating event of the weekend was the Night of Champions, broadcast from Texas Tech University’s Allen Theater.
Both the Hall of Famers and the award winners were particularly enamored of the commemorative posters and baseball cards produced by the Southwest Collection’s exhibit preparator Lynn Stoll. Each year the posters and cards highlight the biography and always-impressive stats of each of the 2013 award winners.
Participation in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame festivities is but one of many ways in which the Southwest Collection preserves and makes available all aspects of sports history. Most prominent among its many other sports-related collections are the records of the former Southwest Conference, the Big XII Conference, and the few remaining records of the former Big 8 conference. For more information about the SWC’s sports and other collections please contact us at 806-742-3749, or via our website: http://www.swco.ttu.edu. Be sure to visit our tumblr, Facebook, and twitter (@SWCArchive) sites as well.