2010 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Pete Incaviglia

By John Helsley Published: January 15, 2010
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photo - Pete Incaviglia, OSU baseball player (Photo originally taken 04/21/85)
Pete Incaviglia, OSU baseball player (Photo originally taken 04/21/85)
Pete Incaviglia didn't invent swagger at Oklahoma State. Inky defined it.

The two-day scruff of a beard and the smudged eye black and the unkempt uniform only added to Inky's persona: prodigious power hitter.

Back in the day, OSU turned the Big Eight Baseball Tournament into an annual Cowboy coronation. But some of the most lasting memories from that glory period of OSU sports are Inky firing rockets at the Marlboro Man who rose above the left-field fence at All-Sports Stadium.

Every Incaviglia plate appearance was a treat, whether he hit a bomb or whiffed.

And nobody in college baseball history launched bombs like Inky.

During a three-year period in the mid-80s, Inky mashed 100 home runs. As a junior, he hit 48 homers and drove in 143 runs, still NCAA records, as is his career home run total.

All three seasons, Inky led the Cowboys to the College World Series.

In 1999, Baseball America named Incaviglia its Player of the Century. In 2007, he was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The No. 8 pick in the 1985 draft, Incaviglia debuted in the big leagues on April 8, 1986 without ever spending a day in the minors. He played 12 seasons with six teams and played in one World Series with the Phillies.

But here in Oklahoma, we remember the Cowboy Inky. The swashbuckling Inky. And his home runs.

And his swagger.


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