Dick Howser Trophy

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Dick Howser Trophy
A bust of the Dick Howser Trophy in a blue diamond, with the words "DICK HOWSER TROPHY" below in white letters on a blue background.
Logo for the Dick Howser Trophy
Awarded for College baseball's best player
Country United States
Presented by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
First awarded 1987
Currently held by A. J. Reed, Kentucky
Official website Dick Howser Trophy

The Dick Howser Trophy is bestowed annually to the national college baseball player of the year.[1] The award is named after former collegiate and Major League Baseball (MLB) player and manager Dick Howser, who died of brain cancer in 1987 at the age of 51.[1] In that same year, the award was established by friends of Howser[2] and presented to Mike Fiore, the inaugural winner.[3] It is considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball.[4][5][6]

Three winners of the Dick Howser Trophy are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.[7] Two winners—David Price and Stephen Strasburg—went on to become the first overall MLB draft pick.[8] Jason Jennings and Buster Posey proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award several years after winning the Dick Howser Trophy.[9] Jered Weaver is the only award winner to pitch a no-hitter,[10] while Mark Teixeira holds the record for most games with home runs from both sides of the plate.[11] Furthermore, fourteen players won the Golden Spikes Award alongside the Dick Howser Trophy.[12] Brooks Kieschnick is the only player to win the trophy more than once.[13]

The winners from 1987 to 1998 were selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).[14] The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) became the voting body in 1999, and now presents the award together with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce in Florida.[4] The most recent recipient of the award is A. J. Reed of the University of Kentucky.[15]

Winners[edit]

Robin Ventura, wearing a blue pinstripe jersey with the words METS partially cut off, converses with a fellow player
Robin Ventura, who won the Dick Howser Trophy in 1988, is one of three award winners in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mark Teixeira, wearing a dark blue baseball batting helmet and grey baseball uniform with the words NEW YORK across, takes off his batting gloves
Mark Teixeira, the 2000 winner, holds the record for most games with switch-hit home runs.
Jered Weaver, wearing a red baseball cap and grey baseball uniform with the words ANGELS across and an "A" patch on the right sleeve, delivers a pitch
Jered Weaver, the 2004 recipient, is the only award winner to pitch a no-hitter.
Key
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point
Position The player's position at the time he won the award
School The player's college when he won the award
Italics Denotes player was the first overall MLB draft pick in the same year
^ Player won the Rookie of the Year Award[a]
§ Denotes player also won the Golden Spikes Award in the same year
dagger Member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
footnote Player is active
Winners
Year Player Position School Ref
1987 Fiore, MikeMike Fiore Outfielder Miami (FL) [16]
1988 Ventura, RobinRobin Venturadagger§ Third baseman Oklahoma State [17]
1989 Bryant, ScottScott Bryant Outfielder Texas [18]
1990 Fernández, AlexAlex Fernández§ Pitcher Miami-Dade Community College [19]
1991 Rodriguez, FrankFrank Rodriguez Pitcher Howard College [17]
1992 Kieschnick, BrooksBrooks Kieschnickdagger Utility player Texas [20]
1993 Kieschnick, BrooksBrooks Kieschnickdagger (2) Utility player Texas [17]
1994 Varitek, JasonJason Varitek§ Catcher Georgia Tech [21]
1995 Helton, ToddTodd Helton First baseman Tennessee [22]
1996 Benson, KrisKris Benson Pitcher Clemson [17]
1997 Drew, J. D.J. D. Drew§ Outfielder Florida State [23]
1998 Furniss, EddyEddy Furniss dagger First baseman Louisiana State [24]
1999 Jennings, JasonJason Jennings§^ Pitcher Baylor [25]
2000 Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeiradouble-dagger Third baseman Georgia Tech [26]
2001 Prior, MarkMark Prior§ Pitcher Southern California [27]
2002 Greene, KhalilKhalil Greene§ Shortstop Clemson [28]
2003 Weeks, RickieRickie Weeksdouble-dagger§ Second baseman Southern [29]
2004 Weaver, JeredJered Weaverdouble-dagger§ Pitcher Long Beach State [30]
2005 Gordon, AlexAlex Gordondouble-dagger§ Third baseman Nebraska [17]
2006 Lincoln, BradBrad Lincolndouble-dagger Pitcher Houston [5]
2007 Price, DavidDavid Pricedouble-dagger§ Pitcher Vanderbilt [31]
2008 Posey, BusterBuster Poseydouble-dagger§^ Catcher Florida State [17]
2009 Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburgdouble-dagger§ Pitcher San Diego State [32]
2010 Rendon, AnthonyAnthony Rendondouble-dagger Third baseman Rice [6]
2011 Jungmann, TaylorTaylor Jungmanndouble-dagger Pitcher Texas [33]
2012 Zunino, MikeMike Zuninodouble-dagger§ Catcher Florida [34]
2013 Bryant, KrisKris Bryantdouble-dagger§ Third baseman San Diego [35]
2014 Reed, A. J.A. J. Reeddouble-dagger Utility player Kentucky [36]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Won either in the same year or several years later.

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ a b English, Antonya (June 16, 2012). "Florida Gators catcher Mike Zunino wins Dick Howser Trophy for college baseball player of the year". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Baseball's Adams Named A Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist" (Press release). Creighton University. May 21, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2009 Dick Howser Trophy. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Retrieved August 31, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Dick Howser Trophy". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Houston pitcher Lincoln wins Howser Trophy". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. June 17, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Martin, Jeffrey (July 2, 2010). "Rice's Rendon claims prestigious Dick Howser Trophy". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "College Baseball Hall of Fame – Hall of Famers". CollegeBaseballHall.com. College Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "1st Picks Overall in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rookie of the Year Awards & Rolaids Relief Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "MLB No-Hitters". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ Noble, Marty (June 25, 2012). "Switch-hit homers: Channeling The Mick". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ Mann, Jonathan (March 27, 2009). "Baseball set to retire Brooks Kieschnick's No. 23 on Saturday". TexasSports.com (Texas Longhorns). Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ "This is the ABCA" (Press release). American Baseball Coaches Association. July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "A.J. Reed wins Howser Trophy". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Salguero, Armando (March 4, 1988). "Howser Award gives U-M's Fiore some long-overdue recognition". The Miami News. p. 4B. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Florida State's Posey named player of the year". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 14, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sports People: Baseball; Longhorn Is Honored". The New York Times. June 2, 1989. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Alex Fernandez Wins College Award". Miami Herald. March 1, 1991. p. 6D. Retrieved October 1, 2012.  (subscription required)
  20. ^ "Kieschnick awarded Howser Trophy". St. Petersburg Times. March 27, 1993. p. 9.C. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  (subscription required)
  21. ^ "Varitek receives Howser award". McCook Daily Gazette. Associated Press. June 8, 1994. p. 12. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Helton wins Howser Trophy Series: College Baseball". St. Petersburg Times. June 7, 1995. p. 3.C. Retrieved October 1, 2012.  (subscription required)
  23. ^ "Howser Winner". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. June 3, 1997. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  (subscription required)
  24. ^ "Coaches pick Louisiana State first baseman as best player". Associated Press. June 2, 1998. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  (subscription required)
  25. ^ "Baylor's Jennings is top national player". Austin American-Statesman. June 13, 1999. p. C8. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  (subscription required)
  26. ^ "Georgia Tech's Teixeira receives Dick Howser Trophy". Associated Press. June 10, 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  (subscription required)
  27. ^ "Prior claims Howser Trophy". Wilmington Morning Star. Associated Press. June 9, 2001. p. 4C. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Greene named winner of Dick Howser Trophy". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. June 15, 2002. p. 16. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Howser Award goes to Southern's Weeks". USA Today. June 13, 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  30. ^ "College baseball". Associated Press. June 19, 2004. p. C2. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Former Vanderbilt star Price named nation's top amateur player". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. June 30, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2012. Price also won the Dick Howser Trophy for athletic and scholastic achievements. 
  32. ^ "Strasburg named 2009 Howser winner". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. July 2, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  33. ^ Falkoff, Robert (June 21, 2011). "Jungmann humbled as Howser winner". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Mike Zunino wins Howser Trophy". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. June 15, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  35. ^ Kruth, Cash (June 15, 2013). "No. 2 pick Bryant awarded Dick Howser Trophy". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  36. ^ Kruth, Cash (June 14, 2014). "Astros draftee Reed wins Howser Trophy". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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