Trio Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Feb. 12, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. – Three elated alumni of the NC State baseball program were officially inducted into the Wolfpack Baseball Hall of Fame Friday night at the Rally Club’s annual First Pitch Banquet, held this year at the Raleigh Marriott-City Center.
Former standouts Turtle Zaun, Brian Bark and Tom Sergio joined the two previous classes – which included inaugural class Sam Esposito, Mike Caldwell and Chris Cammack and second class Doug Strange, Dan Plesac and Steve Martin – as the newest members of NC State’s only athletic hall of fame.
All three offered their appreciation for the honor, and a few words of advice for the current Wolfpack baseball players, most of whom were in attendance at the event. Each of the three new inductees was introduced by a former teammate or friend associated with the program: Sergio by boyhood friend and Wolfpack teammate Scott Lawler, Zaun by former teammate Scott Davis and Bark by longtime NC State baseball media relations assistant Bruce Winkworth.
Sergio, now the baseball coach at his alma mater of Kennedy-Kenrick High School in Philadelphia, was remembered as the ultimate leadoff batter who liked to have fun outside the baselines. He not only set the NC State record for most hits in a career, he pulled more pranks and lit more shoes afire than any player in school history.
Zaun, now a dentist near his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Va., was lauded not only for hitting 47 homers in his final two years at NC State, but for being a consummate team leader and student-athlete, someone gave up his chance to play professional baseball after being accepted into dental school.
Bark, a record-setter as a hitter and pitcher, is considered perhaps the best all-around player in school history, according to Winkworth, who has covered the program in some fashion for three decades.
• By Tim Peeler, firstname.lastname@example.org.