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Craig Wallin became South Bend mainstay: Baseball Profiles

Craig Wallin 1990 South Bend White Sox card

The fledgling South Bend Midwest League franchise picked a radio station in January 1988 and they got an announcer with local sports experience, Craig Wallin, The South Bend Tribune wrote.

Wallin, who was then the WHME morning drive time disc jockey, previously worked Notre Dame basketball and high school sports for another local station, WCMR, The Tribune wrote.

"This is another step in the building of a quality franchise," South Bend White Sox public relations director Marc Whitney told The Tribune. "We expect nothing but great things from Craig and the entire station."

Wallin would go on to be a cornerstone in local South Bend sports, as the voice of Notre Dame athletics and even a collegiate league team executive himself.

Wallin's career began out of his native Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and soon found himself in South Bend.

By mid-season, Wallin had put together a minor-league radio network, The Tribune wrote.

"I don't think there's ever been anything like it on the minor-league level," Wallin told The Tribune.

Wallin's broadcast career has since spanned 35 years, including 20 years working Notre Dame athletics radio and TV. He even hosts a Notre Dame football pregame show.

In 2013, he announced the Elkhart County Miracle as team owner, though the team didn't hit the field until 2023.

"We really want this to be the greater Elkhart County's hometown team," Wallin told The Tribune.

Craig Wallin 1990 South Bend White Sox card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,368
Made the Majors:1,407-32.2%
Never Made Majors:2,961-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:573
10+ Seasons in the Minors:354

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