1983 College Baseball All-America Team

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1984 All-Americans included four-time MLB All-Star Rafael Palmeiro (left) and current Houston Cougars baseball head coach Rayner Noble (right).

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 United States 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]

The NCAA recognizes two different All-America selectors for the 1983 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947) and Baseball America (since 1981).[2]

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ABCA American Baseball Coaches Association[2]
BA Baseball America[2]
Awarded the Golden Spikes Award as national Player of the Year[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

All-Americans[edit]

Position Name School ABCA BA Notes
Pitcher Mike Cherry The Citadel
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Pitcher Jim Hickey Texas – Pan American
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16 complete games in a single season (1983) (T-4th in Division I)[3]
Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi Texas
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BA Pitcher of the Year[2]
Pitcher Dennis Livingston Oklahoma State
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Catcher Andy Allanson Richmond
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Catcher Terry Bell Old Dominion
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First baseman Dave Magadan Alabama
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BA POY,[2] Single-season (1983) .525 batting average (5th in Division I),[3] Career .439 batting average (11th in Division I)[3]
Second baseman Jeff Trout Delaware
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Single-season (1983) .519 batting average (T-6th in Division I)[3]
Third baseman Carey Ross Central Michigan
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Third baseman Chris Sabo Michigan
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3x MLB All-Star,[4] 1988 NL Rookie of the Year,[4] 1990 World Series Champion[4]
Shortstop Jeff Kunkel Rider
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Shortstop Bill Merrifield Wake Forest
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Outfielder Ben Abner Georgia Southern
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Outfielder Shane Mack UCLA
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Outfielder Kerwin Danley San Diego State
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Outfielder Rafael Palmeiro Mississippi State
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4x MLB All-Star,[5] 3x Gold Glove Award winner,[5] 2x Silver Slugger Award Winner[5]
Designated hitter Eric Hardgrave Stanford
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Designated hitter Russ Morman Wichita State
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130 RBI in a single season (1982) (3rd in Division I)[3]
Utility player Rayner Noble Houston
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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "NCAA Baseball Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Division I Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chris Sabo". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Rafael Palmeiro". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 11 April 2012.