Jan. 23, 2013
Former Rice standout Norm Charlton, who left South Main and went on to a 14-year Major League career that included a World Series title with the Cincinnati Reds, will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame on February 15. Induction ceremonies will take place at the Alamodome.
After a stellar career at San Antonio's Madison High School, Charlton was a standout for coach David Hall at Rice from 1982-84. Charlton twice led the Owls in ERA, including a 2.24 mark as a junior that led the nation. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos with the 28th pick in the first round of the 1984 draft.
He was traded by the Expos to the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and two years later he reached the major leagues. He alternated between the bullpen and a starting role early in his career, but a move to the bullpen prior to the 1991 season teamed Charlton with a collection of hard throwers including Rob Dibble and Randy Myers, who would became known as the "Nasty Boys" as they helped sparked the Reds to the 1991 World Series title. He was a member of the National League All Star team in 1992.
Charlton was traded to Seattle in 1992 in exchange for slugger Kevin Mitchell and went on to play on two of the Mariners most successful teams. The 1995 Mariners were the first team in franchise history to reach the postseason, while the 2001 team won 116 games.
Charlton, who graduated from Rice with a triple major in political science, religion and physical education, retired from baseball in 2001.