Garciaparra Named A College World Series Legend

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

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