President Lewallen Inducted into Cal Poly Pomona Athletics Hall of Fame as Member of 1976 National Champions Baseball Team

Publish Date: 
Feb 22, 2018

It was 42 years ago that I had the honor of being a member of a national championship baseball team at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), Pomona. It was the first national championship in university history. Since then, Cal Poly has earned 14 national championships across multiple sports. On February 17, 2018, the team was inducted into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame (HOF).

The 1976 team is the first team ever inducted into the HOF. Of course, the HOF was a wonderful honor, but the best part was reuniting with my teammates. Most of us had not seen each other for over 40 years. We had 21 of 25 team members and 3 coaches attend the event. Unfortunately, our 2 main coaches, John Scolinos and Gary Marks, were already deceased. The photo of 2 of us by the banner is me and Lon Brusegard, a catcher on the team. That is him on the banner lifting the championship trophy 42 years ago when we beat Southern Illinois University at the World Series in Springfield, IL. It was a humbling and proud moment for me and my family