By Michelle Leidy-Franklin
HAYSVILLE – Former Campus High School and Wichita State University baseball player Carl Hall will be inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony to be held on Jan. 29 at LaVela, 6147 E. 13th Street North in Wichita.
“I am certainly honored by this,” said Hall. “There have been a lot of great athletes that have gone before me. To be honored with them means a great deal to me. There are a lot of deserving people who haven’t been inducted yet, and I hope they will see their day.”
Hall was inducted into the Campus High School Hall of Fame. He earned All-American honors as an outfielder for WSU in 1994 and was also named Player of the Year for the 1994 Missouri Valley Conference after hitting .354 with 42 stolen bases. He played on four Missouri Valley Conference championship teams and in 2007 was chosen for the MVC All-Centennial team as well as Wichita State’s 25-year Anniversary Team.
“I played with some of the greatest baseball players that came through WSU,” said Hall. “They were some of the best teammates I’ve ever had, that’s for sure.”
As a freshman at Wichita State in 1990, he was the surprise baseball player of the season, according to a news release from the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame. He finished second on the team in hitting and led WSU in league games with a .347 batting average.
After redshirting his sophomore season due to a back injury, Hall again provided a spark to the 1992 College World Series-bound Shocker lineup, hitting safely in 14 consecutive games, while collecting a .458 average over that span. He recorded two hits in four at-bats during CWS play.
Hall began to get more attention from an awards standpoint during his junior season, earning second-team all-MVC honors. Batting primarily from the leadoff spot, Hall ranked second nationally in runs scored, and led the MVC in stolen bases and triples and was second in hits.
During his final season for the Shockers, Hall was labeled as a “player to watch” by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America publications. Hall finished the regular season as the league leader in hits, runs and stolen bases on his way to being recognized as the 1994 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year and a third-team All-American.
Hall finished his Wichita State career with a .328 average, 303 hits, 249 runs, 58 doubles, 127 RBIs, 127 walks, and 110 stolen bases. He was the 1994 MVC Player of the Year.
Hall was drafted to play for the Montreal Expos, a Major League Baseball team then based in Quebec. He played for one year before leaving to play for the New York-Penn League. He played for the team for one year before leaving and beginning a career in sales.
Hall married in 1994 and has four adult children. In 2010, Hall was in a roll-over accident that left him paralyzed. Hall now volunteers his time for Independent Living Resource Center to help raise money for young adults with autism.
The annual ceremony for inductees will begin at noon on Jan. 29 with a buffet. The program will follow at 12:45 p.m. Inductees will be available prior to the start of lunch.