Jeff Bagwell will become the first-ever Hawk to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., this Sunday, July 30.
UHart’s all-time leader in batting average and slugging percentage, Bagwell will become the first Hall of Famer from a college or university in New England since the beginning of the draft era in 1965. He played third base for the Hawks from 1987–89.
During his subsequent 15-year professional career with the Houston Astros, Bagwell set the franchise records for home runs and runs batted in, and, in 1994, became the only Houston player to ever earn league MVP honors.
Bagwell will be inducted into the Hall along with Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. He garnered 86.2 percent of the required 75 percent of the vote and was selected on his seventh appearance on the ballot. He received the highest total of the three players elected in this year's class.