Todd Walker played in the major leagues for more than a decade, but his accomplishments at LSU will always be the first thing on Tigers fans’ minds when they hear his name.
On Thursday, LSU announced that it will retire the No. 12 jersey that Walker wore during his time with the Tigers on Friday, April 14 prior to a 7 p.m. game vs. Ole Miss.
The 1993 College World Series Most Outstanding Player helped lead the Tigers to a national championship during his time with the baseball program. Walker also earned the 1993 SEC player of the year honors and ended his career at LSU with an impressive .396 career batting average.
“Todd Walker epitomizes the values that we promote at LSU,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva via a release from the school. “He is in the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and his exploits as one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game are well-documented. What is even more impressive is his commitment to education, as he completed his LSU degree requirements while he was an active Major League player. He generously donates his time and energy to charitable causes, and he is a tremendous ambassador for our university. We look forward to having his jersey number take its place among those of LSU legends.”
Walker was a career .289 hitter at the big league level, playing for Minnesota, Colorado, Cincinnati, Boston, Chicago (N), San Diego and Oakland during a 12-year MLB career from 1996-2007.
He joins former first baseman Eddy Furniss, coach Skip Bertman and former pitcher Ben McDonald in having the only retired jerseys in the LSU baseball program.