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Terry Francona Elected To College Baseball Hall of Fame

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Francona may have let this get to his head...  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Francona may have let this get to his head... (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Terry Francona will never be known for his playing career in the majors, to the point where some Sox fans might not even be aware he had one. But his college years are an altogether different story--so different, in fact, that they have earned Tito a spot in the College Baseball Hall of Fame (hat tip to my SBN Boston colleague Kat Hasenauer Cornetta).

So just how good was Terry Francona, you might ask? I'll let the Hall sum it up for you:

Terry Francona, who was an outfielder at Arizona from 1978 to 1980, was named National Player of the Year in 1980, the same year he also won the Golden Spikes Award. For two years — 1979 and 1980 — he led the Pac 10 South in hits, RBIs and doubles. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the 1980 College World Series after helping to lead his Wildcats to the title. He also was named first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, The Sporting News and Collegiate Baseball.

That was good enough for the Montreal Expos to draft Francona in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft at #22 overall. That puts him, for the record, well ahead of John Farrell and Dave Magadan, who were taken in the 9th and 12th rounds respectively. One wonders if that ever came up in the dugout.

Congratulations to Terry on his achievement. Hopefully he'll bring home a couple more rings and end up in another more prestigious Hall of Fame as well.