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Ben Hines


Inducted February 20th, 1997

McFarland raised, Ben Hines played football, basketball and baseball at McFarland High, but gained notoriety as a major league hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros. In that job he worked with some of baseball's best hitters. He coached for the Dodgers for 10 years, working with famed hitters such as Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Raul Mondesi, Steve Sax, Kirk Gibson, and Pedro Guerrero. He then went to the Astros and coach All-Stars Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. Prior to that, Hines was head baseball coach at LaVerne University, Where his teams compiled a 561-283 record over his final 13 years there. HE was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 and to the National association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990. Baseball Fields at McFarland High and LaVerne University are named after him.