BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Auburn baseball star and 17-year MLB veteran Tim Hudson was announced as a member of the historic 50th Anniversary Class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening.
Hudson is one of eight members of the Class of 2018 that also includes Terrell Owens, Dabo Swinney and Stewart Cink, among others.
The SEC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American in 1997, Hudson turned in the best two-way season in program history in his final year with the Tigers and helped lead the team to the College World Series. The First Team All-SEC pitcher and outfielder posted a 15-2 record with a 2.97 ERA and 165 strikeouts on the mound while also hitting .396 with 18 home runs and 95 RBI at the plate. Hudson led the NCAA in wins while his strikeout total was also the highest in the SEC. Additionally, his wins, ERA and RBI numbers are second in single-season program history.
After spending two years on The Plains (1996-97), Hudson still ranks in the top 10 in program history in career winning percentage (20-5; 0.800) and strikeouts (255).
Following his Auburn career, the Columbus, Ga., native was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 1997 MLB Draft and went on to spend 17 years in the MLB with Oakland (1999-2004), Atlanta (2005-13) and San Francisco (2014-15). He posted a 222-133 career record with a 3.49 ERA, was a four-time MLB All-Star and won the 2014 World Series as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Hudson also finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year race in 1999, placed in the top six of Cy Young voting on four occasions and was named the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year with Atlanta.
The Class of 2018 will be inducted at the Golden 50th Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on April 28, 2018 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.