Capital City set to host biggest national celebration of college baseball

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — After a two year hiatus, a new class of college baseball hall of famers will be inducted this weekend in Baton Rouge.

The College Baseball Foundation selected the Capital Area to host the 2019 College Baseball Night of Champions in August. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made the announcement official on August 5.

President of SportsBR Patrick Coogan and president of Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Ronnie Rantz, stopped by the FOX 44 studio to talk about the upcoming event.

The class includes the winningest coach in college baseball history and the player of the decade in the 1990’s.

The induction ceremony will take place Saturday at the Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom. The gala event will enshrine eight individuals as the newest members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class includes:

  • Dave Chalk,
  • Andre Dawson,
  • Wally Hood,
  • Mark Kotsay,
  • Mike Martin,
  • Dennis Poppe,
  • Lloyd Simmons,
  • Billy Wagner.

“The College Baseball Foundation has a treasured history with Baton Rouge and Louisiana, having presented the Skip Bertman Award since 2013. They honored the Tigers’ Alex Bregman with the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award and Aaron Nola won the National Pitcher of the Year award in 2014. Southern University’s Danny Goodwin and Lou Brock are National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, as are LSU players Todd Walker, Ben McDonald and Eddy Furniss. The 2006 inaugural Hall of Fame class included Bertman, who won five NCAA baseball titles as head coach of LSU. Bertman built LSU baseball and its fan base; LSU has topped NCAA baseball attendance for 23 consecutive seasons.”

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