Tom Beyers
Tom Beyers
Sport: Baseball
Inducted: 2015

Beyers was Cal Poly’s leading hitter in all three seasons in which he played at Cal Poly, hitting .372 in 1977, .350 in 1978 and .380 in 1979 before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round and signed in 1979.

He played five seasons in the minors, reaching Triple-A Albuquerque briefly in 1983 and compiling a career .303 mark in the minors. He then embarked on a long coaching career that has reached 32 seasons, all in the minor leagues and including nine seasons as a manager — two with the Salem Dodgers, three with the Bakersfield Dodgers, one with the San Antonio Missions and three with the Boise Hawks.

Beyers is in his 16th season with the Cubs organization (as of September 2015), including the 2011 and 2012 seasons as Chicago’s minor league hitting coordinator and the 2015 campaign as minor league assistant hitting coordinator.

At Cal Poly, Beyers still holds the record for career batting average (.368) and is No. 6 in career hits, No. 7 in career triples and No. 6 in career steals. Even more remarkable is the fact he struck out just 21 times in 654 career plate appearances, an average of striking out once every 31.1 times he comes to the plate.

Beyers was named to the 1979 McDonald’s All-American Division II College Baseball Team as selected by the American Association of College Baseball Coaches. He also was named to the AACBC All-West District Team in 1978 and earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first-team honors in 1979.