Norm Hardy capped a brilliant four-year career in baseball by being named to the NAIA All-American second team after his senior year in 1976. As of his induction, he is one of just two Willamette baseball players to ever earn such national acclaim. The infielder hit over .400 his last three seasons in a Bearcat uniform and he was voted the Most Valuable Player of NAIA District II in 1976. Hardy was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1975, but chose to return to Willamette for his senior year. Hardy also lettered in basketball.