Former Angels Rod Carew and Andy Messersmith, sprinter Eddie Morris and softball player Carol Spanks have been selected for induction into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame, the hall's board of directors announced Saturday.
They will be honored at the annual induction banquet Feb. 15 at the Disneyland Hotel. They join 36 members enshrined over the past seven years.
Carew won seven American League batting championships during a 19-year major league career that concluded with seven seasons (1979-85) with the Angels. He had 3,053 hits, 13th on the all-time list, and a lifetime batting average of .328. Carew, who played second base and first base, lives in Anaheim Hills and operates a baseball school.
Messersmith is one of the few pitchers to win 20 games in a season in both the American and National leagues. A former Western High School star, he won 20 games for the Angels in 1971 and again in 1974 for the Dodgers. His challenge of the reserve clause in a baseball playing contract became a milestone verdict in professional sports labor relations. He lives in Soquel, Calif., in the Santa Cruz area.