April 12, 2006

In the Dugout with Steve Arlin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State pitcher Steve Arlin is one of 22 former players who appear on the 2006 ballot for induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. A total of 46 all-time collegiate baseball greats, which also includes 12 former coaches and 12 veteran candidates, appear on the ballot for the first-ever Hall of Fame induction class.

“It is very special being nominated for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, even more so since it is the initial class,” Arlin said. “There are some awesome statistics included for the nominees and I am happy to represent not only Ohio State, but the Big Ten.”

Arlin helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back appearances at the College World Series in 1965 and 1966. He not only is considered the top pitcher in Ohio State baseball history, but he also is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the College World Series. In the 1965, facing elimination against Washington State, Arlin struck out a CWS-record 20 batters in a 15-inning 1-0 victory by Ohio State. The next year, the Buckeyes won the National Championship with Arlin on the mound in five of the team’s six games, twice beating top-seeded Southern California.

With a two-year record of 24-3 with the Buckeyes, Arlin held OSU marks for victories and strikeouts (294) until 1999 and his .889 win percentage is the best in school history. He led the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore with 165 and went 13-2 that year in leading the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 1965 College World Series. The next year he went 11-1 and helped Ohio State claim the championship.

Arlin, 60, who went on to pitch six seasons with the San Diego Padres, was a two-time First Team All-American and All-Big Ten selection and still holds two College World Series records. He was honored by being the Most Valuable Player at the College World Series in 1966 and is a member of the All-Time College World Series Team. His Ohio State jersey was retired in 2004. He lives near San Diego, Calif., and recently retired from his dental practice.

“It is a tremendous honor for him and very well deserved,” Bob Todd, the current Ohio State baseball coach, said. “What he did as a player here was simply amazing. His mention on the initial ballot is great for our program and for this university.”

The ballot for the 2006 class was mailed to the 80-member Hall of Fame voting committee, which will participate in two rounds of elimination votes in order to come up with a list for the inaugural class. The voting committee is made up of eight other committees, including ABCA veteran, ABCA active, national, historical, NCBWA, former players, national media and regional media.

The induction class will be announced at the completion of voting April 26 and will officially be inducted during a ceremony July 4 in Lubbock, Texas, at the hall of fame museum which is being built at Texas Tech University.

“Just like Canton and Cooperstown, sports fans around the nation will begin to turn their attention to Lubbock every summer,” John Askins, chairman and CEO of the College Baseball Foundation, which established the hall, said. “This first-ever class of inductees will give our event a unique place in the history of sports.”

Players become eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot five years after the student-athlete’s final collegiate season, not to include any active player on a professional baseball team roster. Former players must have completed one year of competition at a four-year institution, and must have made an All-America team (post-1947), or an all-league team (pre-1947), or have earned verifiable national acclaim.

To see the 2006 ballot, please visit the College Baseball Foundation web site.