Every year, a new class is inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, and the brotherhood of coaches, players and umpires grows. With the 2014 class, that sense of brotherhood will be even more prominent, as the Hall of Fame will now feature siblings.
Gene Stephenson, who has more Division I wins than any other coach, will join his brother, Phil, in the Hall of Fame. Phil Stephenson was inducted in 2007.
"It's great to unite the Stephenson brothers as inductees," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "Once Gene went on the ballot this year, there was no doubt he'd be a part of this year's class."
In building the Wichita State program, Stephenson went 1,837-673-3 in 36 seasons. He took teams to 28 regionals, seven College World Series and won a national title in 1989. He stands as the third-winningest coach at any level, behind College Baseball Hall of Famer Gordie Gillespie and Augie Garrido. He also joins four of his former players in the Hall of Fame.
Joining Stephenson in the 2014 class are Bill Bordley, pitcher, USC; Alex Fernandez, pitcher, Miami and Miami-Dade South Community College; Mike Fiore, outfielder, Miami; Demie Mainieri, Miami-Dade North Community College; Mickey Sullivan, outfielder and coach, Baylor; and William C. Matthews, shortstop, Tuskegee Institute and Harvard.
"This is a really well-rounded class," Gustafson said. "Once again, we have a small-school inductee in Demie Mainieri and a representative from an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in William Clarence Matthews. They both have excellent credentials and I'm excited that they're part of this class."
Matthews was selected by the Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee, which selects inductees who played or coached at HBCUs prior to 1975. He joins Ralph Garr, Lou Brock, Danny Goodwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones as previous honorees in this category.
Matthews was at Tuskegee from 1893 to 1897 and captained the 1897 team. He also helped organize the school's first football team. Following his career at Tuskegee, he went on to play at Harvard as an infielder. During his time with the Crimson, he was part of teams that went a combined 75-18. In his senior season, he hit .400 and stole 22 bases, all while continuing to deal with boycotts and tension on and off the field.
Sullivan was an outfielder at Baylor from 1952 to 1954 and was the school's first two-time All-American. He batted .519 in 1954, still a school record. He returned to Baylor as a coach in 1974 and led the Bears to a school-record 649 wins in 21 seasons, including four NCAA tournament appearances and the school's first two College World Series appearances in 1977 and 1978.
Bordley was a two-time All-American at USC from 1977 to 1978. He posted a 26-2 career record with the Trojans, and his .929 winning percentage is still a school record. He also logged a career ERA of 2.58 with 10 complete games. Bordley won his first 20 straight decisions and remains the only Trojans pitcher to be a two-time, first-team All-American.