From AP REPORTS
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Former major leaguer and University of Michigan star Jim Abbott was one of 11 former players and coaches inducted Wednesday into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
My baseball life has been one of taking the next step and learning how to do things more efficiently with my left hand and arm, and I am very proud of representing Michigan as the school's first honoree," said Abbott, who was born without a right hand.
Other former players named to the hall's second class include: Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State), Fred Lynn (Southern California), John Olerud (Washington State), Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) and Derek Tatsuno (Hawaii).
The late Jim Brock, who led Arizona State to two College World Series titles and coached Barry Bonds in college, was among five former coaches elected. Chuck "Bobo" Brayton (Washington State), the late Bibb Falk (Texas), Jerry Kindall (Arizona) and the late Dick Siebert (Minnesota) also were honored.
I'm just very glad to be here at 81," Brayton said. "I called Tom Lasorda the other day and told him about my terrible leg problems, and he just laughed and asked how the tires would be on an 81-year-old car. They wear out on you."
Brayton said one of his favorite expressions in baseball and in life remains: "Excellence shows, commitment counts and quality wins."
All of us in the Hall of Fame owe quite a bit to the game of baseball, its integrity and tradition," he said.
Olerud spoke of suffering a brain hemorrhage while at Washington State and being fortunate not to have had major health effects.
It was truly a close call medically and a miracle," he said. "I was very fortunate also to have had a dad who was a doctor and could treat those sports injuries and a coach like (fellow Hall of Fame inductee) Bobo Brayton teaching me in college.
Kindall said he feels fortunate never to have had a "real job."
I've coached or played all my life," he said, "and I have been surrounded by terrific people."
The 11 were selected from a list of 50 nominees by an 90-member committee.