COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M all-time greats Shawn Andaya (softball) and Richmond Webb (football), along with legendary Aggie baseball coach Tom Chandler, are on the final ballot to be voted on for induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the TSHF selection committee recently announced.
Fans who join the museum’s Official Voting Member Program (OVM) will be allowed to help the committee determine the Class of 2008, which will be announced in September. The public can join and receive an official ballot by going to the museum’s website, www.tshof.org. The sign-up deadline to be able to vote for the upcoming class is July 15.
Andaya, a three-time All-American pitcher and a member of the NCAA Division I Softball 25th Anniversary Team, led the Aggies to three Women’s College World Series appearances from 1984-87 and earned the win in the 1987 National Championship game. That same year, Andaya led the nation for strikeouts (326) and victories (36) and set an NCAA record for career strikeouts (1,234). She also was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team for the third time.
Webb had a 13-year All-Pro career as a left offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, protecting the likes of quarterback Dan Marino. A first-round draft pick in 1990 after a standout college career under Coach Jackie Sherrill and Coach R.C. Slocum, Webb made 167 starts in the NFL.
Chandler, deceased, served as the Aggies’ head baseball coach from 1959-84. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame as well as a winner of the prestigious Lefty Gomez Award, Chandler led A&M to 25 winning seasons during his 26-year career and tallied 660 wins, 329 losses and 10 ties; one short of 1,000 games. The Aggies made seven NCAA post-season appearances and reached the College World Series in 1964 during that span.
Andaya, Webb and Chandler are all members of the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, comprised of media members around the state and chaired by Dave Campbell of Texas Football Magazine fame, compiled the ballot. Six nominees from the primary ballot and two from the veterans’ ballot (see complete list below) will comprise the Class of 2008.
2008 PRIMARY BALLOT NOMINEES
SHAWN ANDAYA - Softball / Texas A&M
LANCE BERKMAN - Baseball / Rice & Houston Astros
ROLANDO BLACKMAN - Basketball / Dallas Mavericks
BILL BRADLEY - Football / University of Texas
CLARISSA DAVIS-WRIGHTSIL – Basketball / University of Texas
LARRY HAYS - Baseball / Texas Tech
LEE ROY JORDAN - Football / Dallas Cowboys
LOUIE KELCHER - Football – SMU
TOMMY KRAMER – Football - Rice
DONNA LOPIANO – Former Women’s Athletic Director / University of Texas
JACK MILDREN - (dec.) Football / Abilene native
G.A. MOORE JR. – High School Football Coach / Pilot Point & Celina
DAVE PARKS - Football / Texas Tech
RAY PATTERSON - Basketball / Houston Rockets
RICHARD RITCHIE - Football / Texas A&I Kingsville
KYLE ROTE JR. – Soccer / NASL Dallas Tornado
LOVIE SMITH – Football Coach / Chicago Bears
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON - Football / TCU / San Diego Chargers
RICHMOND WEBB - Football / Texas A&M / Miami Dolphins
LAURA WILKINSON - Diving / Houston native
2008 VETERAN BALLOT NOMINEES
TOM CHANDLER (dec.) – Baseball Coach / Texas A&M
GOOSE GONSOULIN – Football / Port Arthur native
ABE LEMONS (dec.)– Basketball Coach / University of Texas
JACK LUMMUS (dec.) – Football / Ennis native
OLLIE MATSON - Football / Trinity native
DAVE MARR (dec.) – Golf / Houston
POLK ROBISON - Basketball / Administration Texas Tech
JOHNNY ROLAND – Football / Corpus Christi native
TOBIN ROTE - Football / San Antonio native
WILLIE WELLS (dec.) – Baseball, Negro Leagues / Austin native
MAX WILLIAMS - Basketball / SMU
STEVE WORSTER - Football / University of Texas