ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Rutgers baseball greats Pete Hall and Eric Young were both recently inducted to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Bollinger Hall of Fame in a ceremony earlier this month. The two are already members of the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
Established in 1995 and named for the Short Hills, N.J., based sponsor Bollinger Insurance, a provider of sports-related insurance products, the NJSIAA’s Bollinger Hall of Fame receives nominations annually from high schools across the state. These submissions are reviewed by a selection committee that makes the final decisions regarding inductees. Click here to view the members.
Hall is in a select group of Scarlet Knights to twice earn All-America honors (1961 and 1962) in baseball. During his three letter-winning years (1960-62), the Scarlet Knights were 40-14-1. The former third baseman still holds 10th place on the career batting average chart (.384) and fifth place on the career slugging average chart (.612) in the Scarlet Knight record book. Hall was a 1961 draft pick of the New York Yankees. Hall was the Upstream Award winner in 1962. In 1961, he led the team in hitting (.397), runs (21), hits (31), RBI (30) and made just five errors while starting every game.
At the high school level, Hall earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball at Bound Brook High School. He was the high scorer on the Group III state basketball championship team and was the leading hitter on the 1957 and 1958 teams, which earned Hall all-state honors in both sports. Following his playing career, Hall collected over 400 wins as the head baseball coach at Ridge High School during a 26-year tenure.
Young was a two-sport standout (football, baseball) at Rutgers, earning three letters in baseball (1987-89). He batted over .300 in each of his three seasons, including a career-high .337 as a senior in 1989. During his career on the diamond, Young was a two-time Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection and led Rutgers to an Atlantic-10 Championship and NCAA berth in 1988. Young graduated from Rutgers as the career runs, triples and stolen base leader, setting a then single-season mark with 28 thefts in 1989.
At the conclusion of his Rutgers career, Young was the recipient of the Coursen Award in 1989 and was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1989 amateur draft. Young made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies in 1993 and was selected to the 1996 All-Star game. He also received the Lou Brock Award, an NL Silver Slugger trophy and the Jackie Robinson Award during his career. A 15-year major league veteran with a .283 career average, Young played his last season with the San Diego Padres and the Texas Rangers in 2006.
Young played football and baseball at St. Peter’s and New Brunswick High School during his scholastic career. He is also a member of the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame.
Click here to read more about the NJSIAA Bollinger Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
About the NJSIAA
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 433 accredited public, private and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports.