July 9, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Arizona State baseball player Bob Horner was named Tuesday to the 25th Anniversary Golden Spikes Award Team as announced by USA Baseball, in conjunction with the announcement of the 2002 GSA winner (Clemson's Khalil Greene). Horner won the inaugural award back in 1978 when he hit .412 with a then ASU single-season records of 25 home runs and 100 RBI.
A prominent member of ASU's 1977 NCAA National Championship team, Horner hit .383 in his three years as a Sun Devil. His 56 career home runs remain the school record, while he also is seventh with 262 hits, ninth with 197 runs scored and fourth with 229 career RBI. Following his illustrious ASU career, Horner was made the No. 1 overall selection in the by the Atlanta Braves in 1978. Horner was sent directly to the major leagues where he went on to hit .266 with 23 home runs for the Braves, earning National League Rookie of the Year honors. He was an all-star in 1982 and played 10 seasons in the major leagues, hitting 218 career home runs.
Horner was one of five infielders named to the 11-player team of former Golden Spikes Award winners. The remaining members of the 25th Anniversary Team are infielders Pat Burrell (Miami, Fla.), Will Clark (Mississippi State), Phil Nevin (CS Fullerton), and Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State); outfielders J.D. Drew (Florida State), Terry Francona (Arizona) and Mark Kotsay (CS Fullerton); and pitchers Jim Abbott (Michigan), Ben McDonald (LSU) and Mark Prior (USC).
The Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur baseball player in the country who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. ASU has had three winners of the annual Golden Spikes Award, with Horner earning the inaugural award in 1978, Oddibe McDowell in 1984 and most recently Mike Kelly in 1991.