World Series hero Joe Carter, All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin and 569-homer slugger Rafael Palmeiro are among the 10 inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas. Carter, who won the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Phillies, was a two-time MVP of the Missouri Valley Conference with Wichita State. Larkin, a 12-time National League All-Star with the Reds, was a .361 career hitter for Michigan, leading the Wolverines to the College World Series twice.
Palmeiro, one of only four players in Major League history with 500 homers and 3,000 hits, starred alongside '06 inaugural class inductee Will Clark, Bobby Thigpen and Jeff Brantley for Mississippi State. Palmeiro was the Southeastern Conference's first triple crown winner in 1984 with a .415 average, 29 home runs and 94 RBI. Fifteen days after reaching 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues, Palmeiro was the first prominent player to publicly be identified and suspended 10 games for testing positive for steroids on Aug. 1, 2005. Other 2009 inductees announced Tuesday include pitchers Darren Dreifort of Wichita State and Kirk Dressendorfer of Texas; second baseman Todd Walker of LSU and catcher Keith Moreland of Texas. Longtime coach Ron Polk, who led Mississippi State, Georgia and Georgia Southern, will be inducted as well. Also honored are Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who played at Ohio Wesleyan and coached at Michigan, and 82-year-old St. Francis coach Gordie Gillespie, who started the season with 1,783 wins, most in college baseball history. The 2009 class will be inducted July 3.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.