UCLA First to Produce Heisman, Wooden, Golden Spikes Winners
July 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES - UCLA has become the first school in the nation to produce at least one winner in each of the major college awards for football (Heisman Trophy), men's basketball (John R. Wooden Award) and baseball (Golden Spikes Award).
Trevor Bauer, a pitcher on UCLA's baseball team the last three seasons, captured the 2011 Golden Spikes Award last Friday, becoming the program's first-ever GSA recipient. The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually by USA Baseball to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Gary Beban won college football's Heisman Trophy in 1967. Marques Johnson earned college basketball's first-ever John R. Wooden Award as a senior at UCLA during the 1976-77 season. Ed O'Bannon became UCLA's second Wooden Award winner as a senior in 1994-95.
In addition, UCLA is the only school to have produced a No. 1 draft selection in the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLS) and Major League Baseball (MLB, June Draft).
Troy Aikman was drafted No. 1 in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Two UCLA products were selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft - Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Alcindor was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 NBA Draft, while Walton was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974.
Gerrit Cole was chosen No. 1 in last month's MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Four UCLA student-athletes have been chosen No. 1 in the MLS Draft. Tahj Jakins was selected first in the 1997 MLS Draft by the Colorado Rapids. The New York/New Jersey MetroStars chose Steve Shak No. 1 overall in 2000 and took Marvell Wynne as the first selection in 2006. Chance Myers was the No. 1 overall selection in 2007 by the Kansas City Wizards.
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