Orangeburg, S.C.—Claflin University head baseball coach James Randall will be inducted into the Grambling State University Legends Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 8in Grambling, La. Randall along with nine other former athletes were chosen by the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Inducted alongside Randall will be: Robert Atkins (baseball), Tommy Bowens (basketball), Albert Dennis, III (football), Brenda Gullege (track), Juan McWilliams (baseball), Robert Parham (football), Robert Pennywell (football), Bobby Ricks (basketball), and Ernest Sterling (football).
Randall just completed his 10th season as the head coach of the Panther baseball team and his 13th overall. He led his team to the school’s first-ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) baseball championship in 2016.
“I’m extremely excited and honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a school as well renowned as Grambling State University,” said Randall.
Randall played collegiately for the Tigers baseball team and was named the Freshman of the Year, finishing that year with seven homeruns and a .313 batting average. In his sophomore year, he was named to the second team All-SWAC. As a junior, he earned first team All-SWAC honors, and was drafted by the California Angels.
Randall played professionally for eight seasons, with the Angels and the Chicago White Sox organizations. He made his major league debut with the White Sox in 1988.
His professional awards included Redwood Pioneers Fan Favorite Player (voted on by the fans), Most Popular Player Award (Nashua Angles AA), Topps Minor League Player of the Month of June 1986, Triple A Player of the Week (Vancouver Canadians May 16-22 1988), Triple A All Star Game (Buffalo, NY 1988) and Doug Lowman Trophy-Most Home Runs (1988).
He is married to Wanda Davis Randall and is blessed with two daughters, Latetia and Brandi. He has one granddaughter, Hayden Dean.