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      Tony Avitable
    Tony Avitable

    Hall of Fame Class:
    1991 (Baseball)


    Florida State pitcher Tony Avitable's feat of striking out 24 Furman batters in 1956 is one of the school records that may never be broken, but that was not his only notable feat. Avitable was an outstanding pitcher for FSU in 1955 and '56 with a fastball timed in the 90s and a great curve ball. His career record was a sparkling 10-1 at FSU with two one-hitters and 135 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings pitched. Avitable's 24 strikeouts in a single game stood as the NCAA record for 17 years until broken in 1973. Additionally, Avitable was the pitcher in FSU's first NCAA regional appearance. He threw one of his two-hitters in that game vs. Duke, coming out on top 2-1. He signed with Kansas City after his junior year and played three years of professional ball.

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