Washington's Tim Lincecum Wins Golden Spikes Award
June 23, 2006
Durham, N.C. - As seen today on ESPNU during the 2006 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball announced that Husky pitcher Tim Lincecum topped an incredibly talented field of five finalists to capture the 2006 Golden Spikes Award, amateur baseball's most prestigious honor. The presentation of the award, which will also be sponsored by Major League Baseball, will be held at a later date and time to be determined.
Lincecum, a product of Liberty HS in Renton, Wash., becomes the first ever winner of the Golden Spikes Award from Washington. He was also the first ever Husky to be named a finalist. The USA Baseball Golden Field Award - given to the Athletic Department and Head Coach of the Golden Spikes Award winner - has now gone to 23 different schools since its inception in 1978.
Lincecum - a two time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year (2004, 2006) and 2006 first-team All-American, started 17 games for the Huskies, going 12-4 with a 1.94 ERA and a nation's best 199 strikeouts in 125.1 innings. In his April 18th start against the UCLA Bruins, Lincecum struck-out 18 on the way to a 5-0 victory. The pitcher was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the No. 10 overall pick, becoming the University of Washington's highest drafted baseball player ever. Lincecum is the school career record holder in multiple pitching categories including wins (30), innings pitched (342) and strikeouts (491).
The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner was announced during the telecast of the 29th Annual USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award show today on ESPNU. The telecast, produced by Major League Baseball Productions, highlighted USA Baseball's athlete programs as well as some of the various youth baseball initiatives supported by USA Baseball and Major League Baseball. ESPNU will offer fans additional opportunities to see the show with broadcasts on June 23 at 9 p.m and 11 p.m. and June 24 at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
'USA Baseball is extremely proud to honor Tim Lincecum of the University of Washington with the 2006 Golden Spikes Award,' said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. 'Tim's tremendous season and magnificent career show he belongs in the impressive company of the players who have previously won the award. We are very happy for the Washington baseball program and their head coach, Ken Knutson.'
For the past 28 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State in 1978, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2005 Golden Spikes Award winner was Alex Gordon of the University of Nebraska. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball stars such as Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Mark Prior ('01), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (`98), J.D. Drew ('97), Travis Lee ('96), Mark Kotsay ('95), Jason Varitek ('94), and Phil Nevin ('92). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include, Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Olympic Team, the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), the USA Baseball Junior National team (18-under), the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under), and the USA Baseball Women's National Team which participate in various international competitions. The USA Baseball headquarters are based in Durham, North Carolina with future training facilities in Cary, North Carolina.