DALLAS (NCBWA) – The Game Headwear
has teamed with the Dick Howser Trophy Committee
as corporate sponsor for the 2017 Dick Howser Trophy presented
by The Game Headwear, which will be denoted for the 31st
time this June to NCAA Division I college baseball's player of the
The Game Headwear, a division of MV Sport/Weatherproof (a family-owned
and operated company founded in 1948), is one of the leading national
suppliers of custom decorated apparel with outstanding custom-decorated
baseball caps, sweatshirts, tees, and accessories.
The Game Headwear also is among the country's largest and most
sophisticated screen printers and embroiderers. One of its top national
clients is Coastal Carolina baseball, which won the 2016 NCAA Division
"The Game has connected with college baseball for many years
and is the official headwear supplier to over 1,000 school baseball
teams," said Josh Peyser, president of MV Sport/The Game. "Our company
is proud to be associated with the Dick Howser Trophy, the preeminent
award in collegiate baseball."
"As a company The Game identifies with the four cornerstones
of the Dick Howser Trophy: courage, character, leadership, and performance,"
stated Troy Corbin, Vice President of MV Sport/The Game. "We are
excited to be aligned with an award that embodies these strong values
and look forward to a long lasting relationship in promoting these
values in the game of baseball and beyond."
"We are delighted to partner with The Game Headwear for the 2017
Dick Howser Trophy," said Howser Trophy 31-year chair David Feaster
of St. Petersburg, Fla. "This traditional trophy given in memory
of Dick Howser exemplifies performance on the field, leadership,
moral character, and courage - qualities practiced daily during
Dick Howser's life."
The Howser Trophy committee and National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association annually announce the award at a Saturday national
news conference at TD Ameritrade Park prior to the opening game
of the NCAA Division I Baseball College World Series. This year's
news conference will be held on Saturday, June 17, in Omaha along
with the NCBWA DI Coach of the Year, NCBWA DI Stopper of the Year,
and presentation of the coveted NCBWA Wilbur Snypp Award to Ralph
Zobell of BYU for lifetime contributions to college baseball. The
NCBWA has been the official voting body for the Dick Howser Trophy
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 which were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
The 2016 Howser Trophy went to Clemson All-America OF Seth Beer,
the first freshman ever awarded with this national honor. That honor
tied the Tigers with Texas with a record three Howser Trophy winners
since the trophy first was presented in 1987. Previous Howser Trophy
recipients include future Major League Baseball All-Stars, team
managers, No. 1 draft choices, and even CoSIDA Academic All-America
A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at
Florida State (1957-58), then head coach of the Seminoles in 1979
after a career as a Major League player and coach. After one year
in the college ranks, he 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.
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. In the previous four decades of selections there have been
dozens of Major League All-Stars, a MLB manager (second winner Robin
Ventura of Oklahoma State in 1988 with the Chicago White Sox), the
most recent two-way player in the majors and only two-time Howser
Trophy winner Brooks Kieschnick of Texas in 1992 and 1993, MLB World
Series stars Jason Varitek of Georgia Tech in 1994 and Mark Teixeira
of Georgia Tech in 2000; majors' veterans Rickie Weeks of Southern
U. in 2003, Jered Weaver of Long Beach State in 2004 and Alex Gordon
of Nebraska in 2005; All-Star pitcher and Cy Young award winner
David Price of Vanderbilt in 2007, National League and World Series
MVP as well as NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey of Florida State
in 2008; all-time Owls great Anthony Rendon of Rice in 2010, 2016
MLB World Series hero 3B Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and the
University of San Diego in 2013, and starting second baseman for
the Boston Red Sox and 2015 recipient Andrew Benintendi, among others
in a diamond-studded history.
2017 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Thu., May 18: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists announced
• Thu., June 1: The Game Headwear to sponsor Dick Howser Trophy
• Thu., June 8: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Sat., June 17: Dick Howser Trophy presented at College World Series
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy