Tom Borland will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in June.
Before that, Borland’s No. 11 will be retired by OSU, with a ceremony scheduled before the Cowboys’ game against West Virginia on May 16 – fittingly Tom Borland Night – at Reynolds Stadium.
Borland starred as a left-handed pitcher for Oklahoma A&M in the mid-1950s. He helped lead the Aggies to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1954 and 1955 and was named the CWS Most Valuable Player in ’55.
The second baseball All-American in program history, the McAlester native was inducted into OSU’s Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. During three seasons in Stillwater, Borland went 19-2 with a 2.63 earned run average. His 16 complete games are tired for sixth on the school’s all-time list and his 258 strikeouts are tied for eighth.
Borland, who passed away in March at the age of 80, will have his number unveiled on the right field wall at Reynolds Stadium, joining Robin Ventura’s 21, Pete Incaviglia’s 29 and Gary Ward’s 20 as retired numbers. His family will throw out the first pitch and the first 1,000 in attendance will receive a commemorative Tom Borland baseball card.
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