Price Captures Dick Howser Trophy
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June 15, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. -- David Price, the most prolific student-athlete in Vanderbilt baseball history and one of the top hurlers in Southeastern Conference annals, has been selected as the 21st annual recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy.
He is ranked in almost every major NCAA pitching category with his 194 total whiffs (most in nation), 11 victories (top 15) and 13.1 game strikeouts' average (second). The Murfreesboro resident also was Baseball America's 2006 Summer Player of the Year with a 5-1 record, 0.20 ERA, one earned run in 44 innings tossed, and a major role in Team USA's gold medal in the World University Games at Havana, Cuba.
"Once again, the Dick Howser Trophy has been awarded to an individual with great character, as well as great athletic ability," said Howser Trophy Committee Chair David Feaster of St. Petersburg. "David Price epitomizes all that is great with college baseball, and has exhibited great leadership on and off the field. The Dick Howser Trophy committee and all involved send our heartiest congratulations."
Price topped a field of an initial Watch List of 50 stellar diamondmen and three other finalists - Texas outfielder Kyle Russell, Rice pitcher-first baseman-designated hitter Joe Savery, and FSU's Tony Thomas - three other consensus All-America choices.
Price's name will be added to the permanent trophy, a bronze bust of Howser permanently displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep. The Dick Howser Trophy committee will make another formal presentation of the trophy to the VU standout at a 2007 Vanderbilt home game to be determined.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has had over 100 years of community service since its founding in 1899. 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 area, and continues its solid role in the 21st Century. 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, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, Southern California, 2001; Khalil Greene, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, Southern, 2003; Jered Weaver, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, Houston, 2006.