USC Great Roy Smalley to be Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame
April 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - USC great Roy Smalley, the shortstop on the Trojans' 1972 and 1973 national championship teams and 13-year major leaguer was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame as a part of the 2013 class, it was announced today by the College Baseball Foundation.
Smalley was named a first-team All-American shortstop in 1973 by the American Baseball Coaches' Association and the The Sporting News, while also twice earning first-team All-Pac 8 honors. In 1973 he finished with a batting average of .338, which was second-best on the team. He also tallied five home runs and 29 RBIs. That season, while leading the Trojans to Omaha and their fourth-straight national title (and his second after winning in 1972), Smalley earned All-Region and All-College World Series honors. For all of his success in Omaha, he was later named to the College World Series 1970s All-Decade team.
The Westchester, Calif., product finished his two-year Trojan career with a batting average of .297, tallying 68 RBIs, 101 hits and 10 home runs. Smalley, had MLB pedigree, with a father who was a former major league shortstop and an uncle (Gene Mauch), who was a long-time major league manager. For his success on the diamond, Smalley was drafted four times by MLB teams between 1970 and 1973, but chose not to sign until the January 1974 amateur draft, where he was the No. 1 overall pick.
In 2007, Smalley, who now works as an analyst for Fox Sports North for the Minnesota Twins, was inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Minnesota Twins team that won the World Series pennant in 1987. After that season, the switch-hitter retired from baseball.
Smalley and the six other honorees in the 2013 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration June 28-29 in Lubbock, Texas.