Sept. 9, 1997
Joe Dillon Selected as Prestigious Golden Spikes Nominee
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former 1997 Texas Tech baseball player Joe Dillon has been named as one of 50 nominees for the prestigious 1997 Golden Spikes Award. Sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players' Association (MLBPA), the Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the most outstanding amateur/collegiate baseball player in the United States. Former Golden Spikes Award winners include Major League Baseball players Tim Wallach, Will Clark, Robin Ventura, Ben McDonald and Alex Fernandez.
The selection committee will narrow the nominees of 50 down to nine finalists in two weeks. Each of the nine finalists will be invited to the annual Salute to Excellence Awards Program, held on Tuesday, November 11, 1997 in New York City for the announcement of the winner. The winner is selected by an Awards Committee composed of more than 80 knowledgeable amateur baseball representatives from all levels of the sport. The committee ranks the top nine nominees and then selects a winner based on exceptional athletic ability, sportsmanship, character and overall contribution to the sport at any level.
Dillon, a right-handed hitting first baseman, helped lead Texas Tech to a 46-14 record and Big XII Conference championship last year. He was named to three All-America first teams and two All-America second teams and was named the Big XII Conference Player of the Year by the leagues' coaches. An Exercise and Sports Science major and native of Santa Rosa, Calif., Dillon was drafted in the seventh round of the Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals. He finished his two-year Tech career with 43 home runs and a .361 batting average after setting season records for home runs (33), slugging percentage (.931) and total bases (215) in 1997.
Dillon was one of five Big XII Conference nominees including Oklahoma State's Cary Ammons, Nebraska's Todd Sears, Baylor's Kip Wells, and Texas' Kip Harkrider.