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Don Heinkel

  • Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Was named All-Missouri Valley Conference three times and was a first-team All-America selection in 1982
  • Pitched in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals
Heinkel, Don
Inducted 2011

Born: October 20, 1959 - Racine, Wisconsin

Graduated: Horlick H.S., 1978; Wichita State University, 1982

Overview

One of the greatest pitchers in Wichita State University’s rich baseball history, Heinkel set an NCAA record with 51 victories during his career from 1979-82 that still stands today.

Career at WSU

Heinkel was named All-Missouri Valley Conference three times and was a first-team All-America selection in 1982 as a senior when he helped lead the Shockers to their first-ever appearance in the College World Series with a 16-5 record . Heinkel set WSU school records for games started, complete games, innings pitched and earned run average.  Heinkel was also the epitome of a student-athlete. He was honored as a first-team Academic All-American and the first Wichita State student-athlete to be the recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Heinkel is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Career

Heinkel was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1982 Major League Draft and pitched in the major leagues with the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. While in the minor leagues, he set a modern day record for victories for the Birmingham (AL) Barons organization with 19 wins, including two in the postseason.