Oddibe McDowell // (born August 25, 1962) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1985 to 1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. McDowell was the first player to hit for the cycle for the Rangers, doing so at Arlington Stadium on July 23, 1985 against the Indians.
His first name is pronounced "owed a bee" or "oh-ta-bee." Because it also sounds vaguely like a slurred rendition of "oh to be," ESPN personality and announcer Chris Berman dubbed him Oddibe "Young Again" McDowell.
McDowell won the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, which is given annually to the best amateur baseball player, in 1984 while playing at Arizona State University. He wore uniform number 0 at ASU, and ASU has retired his number. McDowell also finished 4th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting for 1985.
He was a member of the 1984 United States Olympic Team.
McDowell stood out during his first stint with the Texas Rangers by wearing the very unusual uniform number 0. He wore the number 20 with the Indians, the number 1 with the Braves, and during his second time with the Rangers, he wore number 8.
Through June 16, 2009, McDowell was tied for second of all Rangers players ever in career leadoff home runs, one behind the nine by Ian Kinsler.
McDowell is currently the Head Coach of the Everglades High School Varsity Baseball team.
He was inducted in the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
- 1965: Joe Coleman
- 1966: Tom Grieve
- 1967: John Jones
- 1968: Don Castle
- 1969: Jeff Burroughs
- 1970: Charles Maxwell
- 1971: Roger Quiroga
- 1972: Roy Howell
- 1973: David Clyde
- 1974: Tommy Boggs
- 1975: Jim Gideon
- 1976: Billy Simpson
- 1977: David Hibner
- 1978: No first round pick
- 1979: Jerry Don Gleaton
- 1980: Tim Maki
- 1981: Ron Darling, Al Lachowicz
- 1982: No first round pick
- 1983: Jeff Kunkel
- 1984: Oddibe McDowell
- 1985: Bobby Witt
- 1986: Kevin Brown
- 1987: Brian Bohanon, Bill Haselman, Mark Petkovsek
- 1988: Monty Fariss
- 1989: Donald Harris
- 1990: Dan Smith
- 1991: Benji Gil
- 1992: Rick Helling
- 1993: Mike Bell
- 1994: No first round pick
- 1995: Jonathan Johnson
- 1996: R.A. Dickey, Sam Marsonek, Corey Lee
- 1997: Jason Romano
- 1998: Carlos Peña
- 1999: Colby Lewis, Mike Head
- 2000: Scott Heard, Tyrell Godwin
- 2001: Mark Teixeira
- 2002: Drew Meyer
- 2003: John Danks
- 2004: Thomas Diamond, Eric Hurley
- 2005: John Mayberry, Jr.
- 2006: Kasey Kiker
- 2007: Blake Beavan, Michael Main, Julio Borbon, Neil Ramirez, Tommy Hunter
- 2008: Justin Smoak
- 2009: Matt Purke, Tanner Scheppers
- 2010: Jake Skole, Kellin Deglin, Luke Jackson, Mike Olt
- 2011: Kevin Matthews, Zach Cone
- 2012: Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo, Collin Wiles
- 2013: Alex Gonzalez, Travis Demeritte