1977 Major League Baseball draft

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1977 MLB draft
First selection Harold Baines
Chicago White Sox
First round selections 26

First round selections[edit]

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer

The following are the first round picks in the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Harold Baines Chicago White Sox OF St. Michaels, Maryland
2 Bill Gullickson Montreal Expos RHP Orland Park, IL
3 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers SS University of Minnesota
4 Tim Cole Atlanta Braves LHP Saugerties, NY
5 Kevin Richards Detroit Tigers RHP Wyandotte, MI
6 Terry Kennedy St. Louis Cardinals C Florida State University
7 Richard Dotson California Angels RHP Cincinnati, OH
8 Brian Greer San Diego Padres OF Brea, CA
9 David Hibner Texas Rangers SS Howell, MI
10 Craig Landis San Francisco Giants SS Napa, CA
11 Bruce Compton Cleveland Indians OF Norman, OK
12 Randy Martz Chicago Cubs RHP University of South Carolina
13 Andrew Madden Boston Red Sox RHP New Hartford, NY
14 Ricky Adams Houston Astros SS Montclair, CA
15 Paul Croft Minnesota Twins OF Morristown, NJ
16 Wally Backman New York Mets SS Beaverton, OR
17 Craig Harris Oakland Athletics RHP Sierra Vista, AZ
18 Anthony Nicely Pittsburgh Pirates OF Dayton, OH
19 Drungo Hazewood Baltimore Orioles OF Sacramento, CA
20 Bob Welch Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Eastern Michigan University
21 Mike Jones Kansas City Royals LHP Pittsford, NY
22 Scott Munninghoff Philadelphia Phillies RHP Cincinnati, OH
23 Steve Taylor New York Yankees RHP University of Delaware
24 Tad Venger Cincinnati Reds 3B Newhall, CA
25 Tom Goffena Toronto Blue Jays SS Sidney, OH
26 Dave Henderson Seattle Mariners OF Dos Palos, CA

Other notable Selections[edit]

= All-Star = Baseball Hall of Famer


Round Pick Player Team Position
2 29 Kevin Bass Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder
2 38 Terry Francona* Chicago Cubs 1B
2 42 Mookie Wilson New York Mets Pitcher
3 54 Scott Sanderson Montreal Expos Pitcher
4 84 Jim Gott St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder-Pitcher
4 85 Brian Harper California Angels Catcher
4 86 Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres Shortstop
5 106 Tim Raines Montreal Expos Shortstop
5 124 Mickey Hatcher Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
9 233 Jesse Barfield Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder
11 270 Chili Davis San Francisco Giants Outfielder
15 389 Danny Ainge Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop
16 416 Tony Phillips* Seattle Mariners Shortstop
17 429 Gary Redus* Boston Red Sox Shortstop-Outfielder
36 762 Tom Niedenfuer Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher

* Did not sign


The White Sox raised some brows when they passed on right-handed pitcher Bill Gullickson, a native of nearby Orland Park, IL, and selected outfielder Harold Baines as the number one pick in the country.

White Sox owner Bill Veeck had seen Baines play little league baseball in Maryland and had followed his progress through the years. After spending three seasons in the minors, Baines was a fixture in the White Sox lineup for 10 seasons. Montreal had perhaps the best draft, choosing Gullickson second, pitcher Scott Sanderson in the third round and outfielder Tim Raines in the fifth.

Shortstop Tom Goffena from Sidney, Ohio became the Toronto Blue Jays' first draft pick as he was chosen 25th in the first round. The Seattle Mariners picked 26th and took outfielder Dave Henderson from Dos Palos, CA as their first draft pick. The Blue Jays also picked Danny Ainge out of Brigham Young University in the 15th round. Ainge, who was also drafted by the NBA's Boston Celtics, later quit baseball for a career in basketball as a player, coach and executive.[3]

External links[edit]

Complete draft list from The Baseball Cube database


Preceded by
Floyd Bannister
1st Overall Picks
Harold Baines
Succeeded by
Bob Horner