March 25, 2009
College Baseball Awards Show
The board of directors and awards committees for
Brooks Wallace Award,
College Baseball Foundation,
College Baseball Hall of Fame, and
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will
come together to host an awards program to present the major
individual honors for college baseball.
The College Baseball Awards Show will be in
Lubbock, Texas, on July 2, 2009. The nationally-televised event
will be followed by the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction
ceremony on July 3.
The awards to be presented include the Dick
Howser Trophy, Brooks Wallace Award, NCBWA Stopper of the Year,
CBF Pitcher of the Year, and National NCAA Division I Coach of
the Year. Recognition of the Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA All-America
and Freshman All-America teams, the NCBWA Freshman Player and
Pitcher of the Year, as well as other awards, will be included
in the show.
This year marks the 23rd presentation of the Dick
Howser Trophy, which traditionally had been presented in Omaha,
Neb., during the College World Series. The trophy is named in
memory of Florida State’s All-America shortstop
Dick Howser, who played in the major leagues and later
managed the New York Yankees and led the Kansas City Royals to
the 1985 World Championship. The qualities of the recipient
include performance, both academically and athletically,
leadership, moral character and courage – all exemplified by
The Brooks Wallace Award has been presented since
2004 to a college player of the year for athletic ability and
courage. In 2009, for the first time, the award will be
designated for a position player – shortstop. The award
memorialized the Texas Tech shortstop who died from leukemia at
the age of 27 after an outstanding playing and coaching career
at the university.
Voting for the Dick Howser Trophy has been
conducted by the NCBWA membership since 1999, after the American
Baseball Coaches Association chose the winner from 1987 through
1997. The NCBWA also selects the NCAA Division I Stopper and
Freshman of the Year.
The Brooks Wallace Award has been selected by a
group of coaches, media, media relations directors and the
Wallace Award committee since its inception in 2004.