Wallachs to Receive the Ray Boone Family Award Saturday

Wallachs to Receive the Ray Boone Family Award Saturday

Jan. 11, 2012

Fullerton, Calif. - The Wallach family will be awarded the Ray Boone Family Award this Saturday at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation banquet at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award is named after the first family to send three generations of players to the major leagues in Ray, son Bob, and grandsons Brett and Aaron, and has been given out annually since 2005. The Boones were presented with the first award and were followed by the Buzzie Buvasi family (2006), the Brett Family (2007), the Buddy Bell family (2008), the Alou family (2009) and the Manny Mota family (2010).

Former Cal State Fullerton All-American, Golden Spikes Award winner and first-round draft pick Tim Wallach and his wife, Lori, have had three sons, all of which are currently progressing towards their dream of all playing in the major leagues at the same time.

Tim was a standout for the Titans in 1978 and 1979 where he led his little-known school to its first national championship in 1979. He then went on to a long, 17-year career with the Expos, Dodgers and Angels, winning three Gold Gloves and making an appearance in five All-Star Games. He is now in his second season with the Dodgers as the third base coach after a couple of successful seasons as a minor league manager. This past summer, Tim was also inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

His eldest son, Matt, played on season in a Titan uniform before heading into professional baseball in the Dodgers' farm system as a 24th-round draft pick in 2007. Matt has recovered from an injury that shortened his 2011 season and was one of 15 top prospects that participated in winter development mini-camps this past week.

Tim and Lori's middle son, Brett, was a third round draft pick in 2009 by the Dodgers, but was traded to the Cubs in 2010.

Their youngest son, Chad, is currently a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton and is trying to land a spot as the Titans' everyday catcher in 2012. He had six hits and three RBI in very limited action as a freshman.

All three sons were drafted by the same scout, Brian Stephenson, who also comes from a baseball lineage. His father and grandfather were both long-time major league scouts.

The Wallach are also one of just three families to have had three players suit up in a Cal State Fullerton uniform at the Div. I level. When Chad joined the Titans in 2011, they matched the Mota family (brothers Jose, Andy and Domingo) and the Vanderhook family (current Titan Head Coach Rick and nephews Russell and Cory) for the most family members having suited up in a Fullerton uniform.

In addition to the Wallach family, other honors at the annual gala will go to Al Rosen for the Bud Selig Executive Leadership Award, Frank Robinson for the Player Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Leyland for the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award and Johnny Bench for the Scout's Dream Award.

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation has helped baseball scouts in need due to job loss, illness or financial hardships over the past six years through this annual fundraiser.

Read Randy Youngman's (Orange County Register) column on the Wallach Family here

In this segment of "Titans in the Bigs" we catch up with Cal State Fullerton Hall of Famer and current Los Angeles Dodger third base coach Tim Wallach. In this interview, his youngest son and current Titan, Chad, asks the questions. Filmed on May 16, 2011 at Goodwin Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, in conjunction with the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and Cal State Fullerton, honored former Titan first baseman, Tim Wallach, with a first pitch ceremony at Dodger Stadium on July, 24, 2011.