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 forCollege baseball's best player
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
First awarded1987
Currently held byA. J. Reed, Kentucky
Official websiteDick 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 forCollege baseball's best player
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
First awarded1987
Currently held byA. J. Reed, Kentucky
Official websiteDick 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
YearLinks 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
PositionThe player's position at the time he won the award
SchoolThe player's college when he won the award
ItalicsDenotes 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
daggerMember of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
footnotePlayer is active
Winners
YearPlayerPositionSchoolRef
1987Fiore, MikeMike FioreOutfielderMiami (FL)[16]
1988Ventura, RobinRobin Venturadagger§Third basemanOklahoma State[17]
1989Bryant, ScottScott BryantOutfielderTexas[18]
1990Fernández, AlexAlex Fernández§PitcherMiami-Dade Community College[19]
1991Rodriguez, FrankFrank RodriguezPitcherHoward College[17]
1992Kieschnick, BrooksBrooks KieschnickdaggerUtility playerTexas[20]
1993Kieschnick, BrooksBrooks Kieschnickdagger (2)Utility playerTexas[17]
1994Varitek, JasonJason Varitek§CatcherGeorgia Tech[21]
1995Helton, ToddTodd HeltonFirst basemanTennessee[22]
1996Benson, KrisKris BensonPitcherClemson[17]
1997Drew, J. D.J. D. Drew§OutfielderFlorida State[23]
1998Furniss, EddyEddy Furniss daggerFirst basemanLouisiana State[24]
1999Jennings, JasonJason Jennings§^PitcherBaylor[25]
2000Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeiradouble-daggerThird basemanGeorgia Tech[26]
2001Prior, MarkMark Prior§PitcherSouthern California[27]
2002Greene, KhalilKhalil Greene§ShortstopClemson[28]
2003Weeks, RickieRickie Weeksdouble-dagger§Second basemanSouthern[29]
2004Weaver, JeredJered Weaverdouble-dagger§PitcherLong Beach State[30]
2005Gordon, AlexAlex Gordondouble-dagger§Third basemanNebraska[17]
2006Lincoln, BradBrad Lincolndouble-daggerPitcherHouston[5]
2007Price, DavidDavid Pricedouble-dagger§PitcherVanderbilt[31]
2008Posey, BusterBuster Poseydouble-dagger§^CatcherFlorida State[17]
2009Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburgdouble-dagger§PitcherSan Diego State[32]
2010Rendon, AnthonyAnthony Rendondouble-daggerThird basemanRice[6]
2011Jungmann, TaylorTaylor Jungmanndouble-daggerPitcherTexas[33]
2012Zunino, MikeMike Zuninodouble-dagger§CatcherFlorida[34]
2013Bryant, KrisKris Bryantdouble-dagger§Third basemanSan Diego[35]
2014Reed, A. J.A. J. Reeddouble-daggerUtility playerKentucky[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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