1951 College Baseball All-America Team

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1951 All-Americans included eight-time MLB All Star Dick Groat

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.[1]

From 1947-1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.[2]


Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been named an All-American at that point
Inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame


Position Name School Notes
Pitcher Don Barnett Fresno State
Pitcher Charles "Mel" Work Texas A&M Pitcher Pat Hubert Texas A&M
Catcher Joseph Buck Oklahoma State
First baseman Sylvester McNinch California
Second baseman James Cleverly Utah
Third baseman Dick Raklovits Illinois
Shortstop Dick Groat Duke 1960 NL MVP,[3] 5x MLB All-Star,[3] 1951 Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year[4]
Outfielder Earl Averill, Jr. Oregon
Outfielder Stewart Hein Ohio State
Outfielder Ray Van Cleef (2) Rutgers 1950 College World Series Most Outstanding Player[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Baseball Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Dick Groat". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "College World Series Most Outstanding Player". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 12 April 2012.