March 21, 2007
SAN BRUNO, CA - In honor of the West Coast Conference celebrating its 40th season of sponsoring the sport of baseball, the conference office is offering a limited edition book, highlighting the 40 players honored on the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. This special commemorative book can be purchased for just $10.
To purchase a commemorative book, please send a check or money order made payable to the West Coast Conference for $10 to the address below. Your limited edition book will be shipped the very next day.
West Coast Conference
1250 Bayhill Drive, Suite 101
San Bruno, CA 94066
The ceremonial team consists of 40 of the top players that have graced WCC baseball diamonds over the past four decades. Only individuals from the league's current membership were eligible for selection, with primary focus placed on each player's collegiate accomplishments. The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team was selected by a 30-member voting panel comprised of WCC administrators, league institutions, national collegiate baseball writers, and local media members.
"The West Coast Conference is proud to announce the selection of the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team," said Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "The west is traditionally one of the strongest regions in the nation for baseball, and our conference has competed successfully at a national level since 1968, which is a testament to the league's baseball coaches and the administrations that support our eight programs. I would like to recognize and commend the 40 individuals that were selected, and would like to thank Rawlings for their role in honoring these outstanding student athletes."
The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team features an impressive collection of past collegiate standouts from the conference's eight member institutions. Included on the list of honorees are 24 players that received WCC Player or Pitcher of the Year recognition during their collegiate careers, 27 All-Americans, 11 Freshman All-Americans, and two Academic All-Americans. Highlighting the compilation are 23 players that have played baseball at the Major League level, including Pepperdine alum and 1986 National League Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, as well as former Gonzaga standout and 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay. WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team athletes have combined to make seven Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearances, and seven players that participated in MLB games during the 2006 season are included on the list.
Pepperdine leads all WCC programs with 13 former standouts earning selection to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Seven former LMU players also earned a spot, while Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and San Francisco each placed five players on the team. Santa Clara is not far behind with four honorees, followed by Gonzaga with three, San Diego with two, and Portland with one former player recognized.
Baseball was originally established as a WCC sport in 1968, and five conference institutions (LMU, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, and Santa Clara) were charter members of the league along with three associates. The conference temporarily split from 1977-84, as WCC teams competed in the Northern California Baseball Association (NCBA) and the Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA) before resuming WCC play in 1985 along with San Diego and Nevada. The Wolf Pack left the conference in 1991, creating a six-team loop until 1996 when long time conference members Gonzaga and Portland joined the circuit for baseball, bringing the league to its full compliment of teams. West Coast Conference teams have combined to earn 57 selections to the NCAA Tournament, with teams making four appearances at the College World Series. Pepperdine earned the league's first-ever national championship in baseball, claiming the College World Series crown in 1992.
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