Mike Mussina is headed to Cooperstown.

The right-handed pitcher, who terrorized batters from the American League East and beyond for 18 years, joins Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith and Harold Baines in the 2019 class.

While all of them were great players in Major League Baseball, Mussina is the only one of the 2019 class that went to college, starring for three seasons at Stanford University.

Mussina was given the opportunity to skip college when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him out of high school in the 11th round 1987, but the pitcher remained committed to Stanford. Mussina grew up in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, which is about 2,773 miles away from Stanford. Although Baltimore was a lot closer, Mussina had his mind made up.

Texas and Georgia Tech were also interested in Mussina, but the pitcher fell in love with the weather and facilities at Stanford, which was coming off a College World Series championship in 1987.

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Mike Mussina at Stanford

Year

Innings

Wins

Losses

Hits Allowed

Home Runs Allowed

Walks

Strikeouts

ERA

WHIP

1988

133.2

9

4

145

23

30

84

4.44

1.31

1989

45.2

2

3

40

4

4

55

3.55

0.96

1990

149

14

5

158

11

35

111

3.50

1.30

Mussina found his way into the starting rotation as a freshman and helped the Cardinal defend its national title. Mussina’s sophomore campaign was shortened due to a shoulder injury, but he bounced back as a junior. That season, in 1990, Mussina went 14-5 and helped Stanford reach the College World Series again. Mussina also pitched nine complete games and tossed 111 strikeouts that season.