June 13, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Former All-American Steve Duda, who helped Pepperdine capture the 1992 national championship, was one of nine former players and coaches selected for induction into the Cape Cod Baseball League's (CCBL) Hall of Fame, it was announced on Sunday.
The 2006 CCBL Hall of Fame class includes current major leaguers Lance Niekro of the San Francisco Giants and Josh Paul of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, former major leaguers Steve Balboni and Ross Jones, and CCBL legends Rick Currier, Duda, Jim Hubbard, Greg Lotzar and Allen (Buzzy) Wilcox.
The group will be inducted into the hall of fame during the seventh annual ceremony at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass. on November 4.
During his two seasons playing in the Cape, Duda compiled back-to-back All-Star seasons in the early 1990's. Hurling for the Chatham A's, Duda went 4-4 with a 2.89 ERA while throwing a no-hitter against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 1991. He came back in 1992 and registered a 6-1 record and a microscopic 0.90 ERA. He was selected playoff Most Valuable Player after recording a 2-0 record and a 0.90 ERA.
While at Pepperdine, Duda put together arguably the finest career of any Waves hurler. In four seasons, he compiled a 44-9 record, 2.31 ERA, 21 complete games and five shutouts while appearing in 73 games.
Duda produced a brilliant senior season in 1993 as he went 12-3 with a 1.64 ERA and tossed a career-high eight complete games en route to being tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Year and an All-American. During the Waves 1992 run to the College World Series, Duda went 9-1 with a 1.92 ERA and three shutouts in 17 appearances.
Duda currently ranks first in Pepperdine history in career wins (44) and innings pitched (427.0), is fourth in strikeouts (275) and fifth in ERA (2.31). He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers during Major League Baseball's annual draft in 1993.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer league and currently lists 198 former players competing in Major League Baseball and 1,057 players in professional baseball.
A record 175 Cape League players were selected last week in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, including the top six overall, 12 in the first round and four more in the supplemental round.
Last season, 169 Cape League players were selected in the draft, including 13 in the first and supplemental rounds. The Cape League Hall of Fame is housed at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass.