College baseball: Todd Walker to have his number retired by LSU
Todd Walker will become the fourth former LSU player or coach to have his uniform retired, as his No. 12 uniform will be de-commissioned before LSU's April 14 game against Ole Miss.
LSU announced Thursday that Walker would join former LSU greats Skip Bertman (15), Ben McDonald (19) and Eddy Furniss (36) to have his number retired. This is the second uniform retirement in as many years for the LSU program, which retired Furniss' uniform last season.
Walker spent three seasons at LSU, from 1992-94, and earned first-team All-SEC honors in each of his three seasons. Though he left LSU before graduating, he returned during his professional offseasons to complete his degree requirements in 1998.
"Todd Walker epitomizes the values that we promote at LSU," said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva in a statement. "... His exploits as one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game are well-documented. What is even more impressive is his commitment to education, as he completed his LSU degree requirements while he was an active Major League player.
"He generously donates his time and energy to charitable causes, and he is a tremendous ambassador for our university. We look forward to having his jersey number take its place among those of LSU legends."
He was LSU's first National Freshman of the Year, deemed so by Baseball America after he hit .400 with 12 home runs and 76 RBI in 1992.
He followed that up with a banner 1993 campaign in which he hit .395 with 22 home runs and 102 RBI to become the first Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in LSU history.
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Walker was also named the 1993 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, after he connected on three home runs during LSU's run to the championship, the last of which came in LSU's championship-clinching win against Wichita State.
He finished his college career with a .396 average, which still stands as the best career mark by an LSU hitter, and was the eighth overall selection of the 1994 draft.
Walker is a part of three different hall of fame classes. He was inducted into the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
This article is written by Luke Johnson from The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.