Connecticut’s Own Jeff Bagwell Named to Baseball Hall of FameJanuary 20, 2017
Former Houston Astros superstar Jeff Bagwell went to Xavier High School in Middletown and played baseball at the University of Hartford.
This week, former Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 86.2 percent of the vote. It was Bagwell’s seventh year on the ballot.
Bagwell’s election is special to Connecticut, given Bagwell played both high school and college baseball in Connecticut. The former All-Star, who hit 449 home runs and had 2,314 hits in his career, is a graduate of Xavier High School in Middletown and the University of Hartford.
The Hartford Courant has more on how Bagwell’s “first impression” as a baseball player was in Connecticut:
Bagwell, of Killingworth, was a star athlete at Xavier High School in Middletown before joining the Hawks and later, the Red Sox and Astros.
In time, the work ethic [Dan] Gooley [,coach at the University of Hartford,] saw translated into one of baseball’s most formidable power hitters, one that on Wednesday received historical validation for his career when he was inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame on his seventh try.
Congrats, Jeff! Your state is proud of you.
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