February 27, 2009
Baseball Holds Fifth-Annual Hall Of Fame Banquet Thursday Evening
Samford’s baseball program held its fifth-annual Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 19 at Pete Hanna Center. This year's inductees were former players Jim Morgan and the late Joe Campbell.
Morgan, who played for Samford from 1995 to 1997, was introduced at the event by former Samford teammate Jeff Newman. He was named first team All-TAAC as a senior and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the summer of 1997. "Samford is a great place," Morgan said. "The lessons learned on and off the field stick with you."
Joe Campbell, inducted posthumously, played at Samford (then Howard College) after transferring from Ole Miss in the mid-1950s. At Samford, he was a guard on the basketball team and was one of the top pitchers on the baseball team. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 and later became a coach, umpire and professional scout. Campbell's former teammate, Rudolph Davidson, spoke on behalf of him and the Campbell family.
The banquet was the fifth Samford Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet. Former Hall of Fame inductees Brooks Souders, John Russell, J.T. Haywood and Gerald Tuck were present at this year’s event.