May 6, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS— Former Georgia Tech All-American shortstop Nomar Garciaparra has been named to the official College World Series Legends Team, the NCAA and College World Series, Inc. announced Thursday. The announcement is part of the NCAA’s commemoration of the final College World Series at Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.
“It’s a great honor,” Garciaparra said. “I’ve always believed that one of my favorite experiences in baseball was the College World Series. And now I look forward to working the games as a commentator for ESPN in June.”
The 28 members of the Legends Team, pared down from an original list of 95 nominees, were selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches.
The members of the Legends Team are former student-athletes and coaches who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Garciaparra helped lead Georgia Tech to its first ever trip to baseball’s promise land in 1994, and within one win of the school’s first ever NCAA Championship. He was named to the CWS All-Tournament team after batting .300 with a double, two home runs and four RBI in the four games in Omaha.
He was a two-time first-team All-America and Academic All-America at Georgia Tech in 1993 and 1994, and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 2004.
Garciaparra hit .427 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 33 stolen bases in his final year.
The 28 CWS Legends Team members will be invited to attend the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium as guests of the NCAA. The members will be formally honored on-field during the CWS Opening Ceremonies on June 18, and invited to attend the first day of CWS competition on June 19.
Mock baseball cards of each member featuring their collegiate photos will be posted on NCAA.com/cws.
For more information on the Legends Team and the 2010 Men’s College World Series, log on NCAA.com/cws.
The 28 members by name, school, position and year are:
Name Institution Position Year in CWSWill Clark Mississippi State 1B 1985Dustin Ackley North Carolina 1B 2007-09Bob Horner Arizona State University 2B 1976-78Todd Walker Louisiana State 2B 1993-94Spike Owen Texas SS 1981-82Nomar Garciaparra Georgia Tech SS 1994*Darwin Barney Oregon State SS 2005-07Sal Bando Arizona State 3B 1964-65Robin Ventura Oklahoma State 3B 1986-87*Pat Burrell University of Miami (Florida) 3B 1996-98Fred Lynn Southern California OF 1971-73Dave Winfield Minnesota OF 1973Terry Francona Arizona OF 1979-80Barry Bonds Arizona State OF 1983-84Mark Kotsay Cal-Fullerton OF 1994-95J.D. Drew Florida State OF 1995Steve Arlin The Ohio State P 1965-66Burt Hooton Texas P 1969-70*Eddie Bane Arizona State P 1972-73Huston Street Texas P 2002-04Jason Windsor Cal-Fullerton P 2004Landon Powell South Carolina C 2002-2004Ryan Garko Stanford C 2001-03Pete Incaviglia Oklahoma State DH 1983-85Brooks Kieschnick Texas at Austin DH 1992-93Skip Bertman Louisiana State Coach 1986-87, 89-91, 93-94, 96-98, 2000Rod Dedeaux Southern California Coach 1951, 55, 58, 60-61, 63-64, 66, 68, 70-74, 78Augie Garrido Cal-Fullerton /Texas Coach 1975, 79, 82, 84, 92, 94-95 / 2000, 02-05, 09*Utility Players