1978 College Baseball All-America Team

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1978 All-Americans included 1988 NL MVP Kirk Gibson.

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.[1]

From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.[2]


Awarded the Golden Spikes Award as national Player of the Year[2]
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been named an All-American at that point
Inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame


Position Name School Notes
Pitcher Greg Norris North Carolina
Pitcher Bill Bordley USC
Catcher Chris Bando Arizona State
First baseman Ron Johnson Fresno State
Second baseman Bob Horner (2) ♦ Arizona State 1977 College World Series Most Outstanding Player,[3] NL All-Star,[4] 1978 NL Rookie of the Year, First overall pick in 1978 Major League Baseball Draft[5]
Third baseman John Marquardt South Carolina
Shortstop Hubie Brooks Arizona State 126 hits in a single season (1978) (T-9th in Division I),[6] 2x MLB All-Star,[7] 2x Silver Slugger Award winner[7]
Shortstop Greg Cypret Missouri
Outfielder Mark Johnston South Alabama
Outfielder Kirk Gibson Michigan State 1988 NL MVP,[8] 1988 Silver Slugger Award,[8] 1984 ALCS MVP[8]
Outfielder Mike Stenhouse Harvard
Designated hitter Tim Lollar Arkansas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY.
  2. ^ a b "NCAA Baseball Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Most Outstanding Player Award in College World Series". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Bob Horner". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ "1st Picks Overall in the MLB Draft". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Division I Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Hubie Brooks". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Kirk Gibson". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 18 April 2012.