The College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was announced today. Amongst those honored by the College Baseball Foundation are two men with University of Michigan ties -- Branch Rickey and Barry Larkin. Rickey, who is also a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, coached Michigan 1910-13. Larkin, who would also appear destined for enshrinement in Cooperstown, was a star shortstop for the Wolverines from 1983-85.
The two Michigan legends will join Joe Carter (Wichita State), Darren Dreifort (Wichita State), Kirk Dressendorfer (Texas), Gordie Gillespie (Lewis/St. Francis), Keith Moreland (Texas), Rafael Palmeiro (Mississippi State), Ron Polk (Georgia Southern/Mississippi State/Georgia) and Todd Walker (Louisiana State) as members of the fourth-ever Hall of Fame class.