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Carroll Hall of Fame: Goodwin fulfilled childhood dream

Joe Goodwin is pictured on a minor league baseball card. Goodwin, will be inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame Friday.
Joe Goodwin is pictured on a minor league baseball card. Goodwin, will be inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame Friday. (SUBMITTED PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

Long before Joe Goodwin was a three-sport standout at South Carroll, an all-conference college baseball player, a longtime minor league baseball player or a soon-to-be inductee into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame, he was simply a kid who yearned to play high school sports.

"When I was a little kid, I would go to South Carroll games back when they were in Tri-State league," Goodwin recalled. "My dad would take me all kinds of places to watch South Carroll play, and I always dreamed of playing under the Friday night lights.

"And when we were in Little League, we'd be playing on Saturdays and they'd be doing their postgame workout, where they'd run around the track as we were all warming up getting ready to play, and you just looked up to those guys and it was a little kid's dream to be a part of that."

Goodwin is one of six new members set to be inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame Friday at Carroll Community College.

After graduating from South Carroll in 1992, he went on to star in baseball at George Mason and later played eight years in the minor leagues, but those who followed Carroll County sports in the early 1990s likely still remember Goodwin most for his on-field dominance during his final two years with the Cavaliers - both in baseball and football.

He was a two-time WTTR Athlete of the Year, a two-time Times Player of the Year selection in baseball and also the Times' Player of the Year in football as a senior in 1991.

During his football career, Goodwin passed for 3,012 yards with 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also rushed for nine touchdowns. Also a starter on the basketball team, Goodwin was at his best on the baseball diamond.Goodwin was 12-2 as a pitcher during his final two seasons. He had a 2.24 ERA with 78 strikeouts as a junior in 1991 and a 1.88 ERA with 56 strikeouts as a senior. He tossed a no-hitter during his junior season.

At the plate, Goodwin batted .509 with three home runs and 28 RBIs as a senior.He was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 49th round of the 1992 MLB draft but chose to attend George Mason rather than signing with the Orioles.

At George Mason, he was a Day One starter and was the only player on his team to start all 51 games during his freshman season. He finished that season fourth on the team in RBIs and second on the squad in both hits and doubles.

He was an all-conference selection as a sophomore a year later and was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 20th round of the 1995 MLB draft.

He spent eight years in the minor leagues, including six with the Rangers' organization (1995-2000).

He batted .282 as a 21-year-old with Class-A Hudson Valley in 1995 and was later part of Texas' Class-AA Tulsa team that won the Class-AA Texas League in 1998.

"Nothing really stood out about me as far as stature or anything like that," Goodwin said. "But "I hope that anyone that saw me play saw that when the game was over that I had nothing left to give because that's the way that I tried to approach every game. I might not be bigger than you or faster than you, but you were going to get everything I had," Goodwin said.

"I would hope that everybody that saw me play saw that I left it all out on the field."Reach staff writer Matt Zenitz at 410-857-7896 or matt.zenitz@carrollcountytimes.com.

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