Eddie Einhorn bound for college Hall

Updated: February 28, 2011, 4:51 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox vice chairman Eddie Einhorn will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame of a different sport later this year.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame will welcome Einhorn into its doors in November to honor his work as a television and radio producer as well as a promoter of the game. He will also be acknowledged at this year's Final Four in Houston.

The site of the Final Four is significant since it was in Houston's Astrodome where Einhorn arguably made his greatest impact on college basketball. Einhorn was instrumental in bringing together "The Game of the Century" when Houston faced UCLA in 1968. This year's Final Four will take place across the street at Reliant Stadium.

"I really do think that if UCLA would have won, it wouldn't have been the story it was," said Einhorn, who has been credited with starting the movement that turned college basketball into the national sensation that it is today. "The fact the underdog won, that's what sports is all about."

Einhorn was a fixture in college basketball broadcasting as the first to nationally syndicate radio and television coverage of regular-season games as well as the NCAA tournament.

He will be enshrined in an impressive class that includes Bobby Knight, Eddie Sutton, Ralph Sampson, James Worthy and Chris Mullin.

"There is a great pride in seeing that my vision actually happened," Einhorn said.

Einhorn is now in his 21st season as vice chairman of the White Sox.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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