2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Paul Faries
Faries appeared in more games than any other Pepperdine student-athlete.
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 15, in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased online here.
From now until the event, PepperdineWaves.com will be running profiles on each of the five inductees. Today is Paul Faries' turn:
A college All-American and a former Major League Baseball player, Paul Faries holds the distinction of having represented Pepperdine in more games than any other student-athlete.
Faries was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in neighboring Moraga, where he was a three-time all-league selection at Campolindo High School. He enrolled at Pepperdine in the fall of 1983 and proceeded to have one of the top careers in program history.
Faries became one of the earliest Waves to earn All-American status, as the American Baseball Coaches Association put him on its third team in 1987. He shared West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors with teammate Steve Erickson (who had also been his teammate at Campolindo High) during his senior season as well. He was named to the All-WCC first team as a sophomore and a senior, and to the second team as a junior.
He batted better than .300 in each of his four seasons with the Waves, including a high of .356 as a junior. Even 30 years later, his career numbers still rate highly in Pepperdine's record book. His record total of 249 games played still stands, while he also currently ranks second in hits (314), at-bats (921) and stolen bases (103), tied for third in runs (187) and sixth in runs batted in (165) and total bases (400). His career batting average of .341 ranks just outside the top 10.
He began his college career in the outfield, then moved to third base as a sophomore and ended up at shortstop as a senior.
The Waves went a combined 179-69-6 for a winning percentage of .717 in his four years. Pepperdine won the inaugural WCC title in 1984 with a victory over Santa Clara in the postseason championship series. The Waves would also win regular-season titles in 1985 and 1987, and tied for the 1986 title before falling in a playoff Pepperdine advanced to NCAA Regional play each of his final three seasons, twice making it to a regional final. The Waves finished with top-10 national rankings in 1985 and 1987, and in the top 20 in 1986. Faries was named MVP of the 1986 NCAA Central Regional and made the all-tournament team at the 1985 NCAA West I Regional.
Following his senior year, Faries was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 23rd round of the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft. He went on to play parts of four seasons (1990-1993) in the Majors with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants as a utility infielder. He continued on in the minors before retiring from baseball after the 1998 season, which included one year spent playing in Italy.
Faries, who was named Pepperdine Athletics' Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1985, graduated in 1987 with a degree in business administration. He went on to earn an MBA in finance from the Anderson School at UCLA. He has worked at two San Francisco investment firms, the Fremont Group and JMA Ventures, LLC. He has spent the last 10 years at the latter, where he is currently the Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance.
He and his wife Rosalind currently live in Sacramento and they have one daughter, Morgan.