DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg
Area Chamber of Commerce, has released the list of 16 semifinalists
for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player
in collegiate baseball.
membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based
on three rounds of voting. The 2007 winner will be announced just
prior to the first game of the College World Series, with a press
conference slated for Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. (CDT) at the Omaha
The 16 candidates hail from eight different conferences, with
top-ranked Vanderbilt, No. 4 Florida State and No. 8 Virginia being
the only schools to produce multiple semifinalists. The list includes
six pitchers, eight position players and two utility players.
HOSWER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Ackley, North Carolina
Mills, P, Charlotte
Sean Doolittle, Virginia
||P/1B Joe Savery,
Henry, Florida State
Stouffer, Texas A&M
Kulbacki, James Madison
Thomas Jr., Florida State
Matusz, San Diego~
Wallace, Arizona State
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida
State University All-America shortstop and major league player and
manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as
college baseball's most prestigious award.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance
on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities
that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at
Florida State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in
1979 after a career as a major league player and coach. After one
year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage
the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series
with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State
campus is named for Howser.
The winner's name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze
bust of Howser displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg -
home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the 1999 NCAA Men's Basketball
Final Four – along with several other locations. Both the winner
and his school receive a special trophy to keep.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is in its 108th year
of existence in 2007. The organization has long been a vital force
in the baseball affairs of the city, both in spring training and
during the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise for the
Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area and continues its solid role in the
NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists.
Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport's
only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.
The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's
death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami,
1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas,
1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990;
Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick,
Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton,
Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida
State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, P, Baylor,
1999; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC,
2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern
U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon,
3B, Nebraska, 2005; and Brad Lincoln, P, Houston, 2006.
2007 Dick Howser Trophy:
• April 26: Dick Howser Trophy watch list
• May 17: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists
• June 7: Dick Howser Trophy finalists
• June 15: Dick Howser Trophy presented in Omaha
• Official site (dickhowsertrophy.com)
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