TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox and head baseball coach Mike Martin announced Monday that J.D. Drew’s No. 39 jersey will be retired prior to the Clemson game on April 15 in a ceremony on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
“J.D. is one of the best players in college baseball history, simple as that,” Martin said. “We’re honored to retire his jersey and truly cement his legacy as one of Florida State’s greatest players.”
In 1997, Drew became the first player in college baseball to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season, finishing with 31 and 32, respectively. He hit .455 on the season and pulled off the triple-triple with 106 hits, 110 runs scored and 100 RBI in being named the national player of the year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Sporting News. Drew also earned the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards as the nation’s best player.
Drew was a two-time consensus All-America selection as a sophomore and junior in 1996 and 1997. The Hahira, Ga., native totaled 69 home runs and hit .391 over his three-year Seminole career. In 2011, he was named to the College World Series Legends Team after leading FSU to Omaha in 1995 and 1996.
Drew was the second overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and the fifth overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Drew enjoyed a 14-year Major League career with the Cardinals, Braves, and Dodgers, and was a member of the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
Drew was elected to the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2003 and enshrined in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Drew joins former FSU All-American and head coach Dick Howser as the only Seminoles to have their jersey’s retired. Howser was FSU’s first All-American, in 1957, and returned to coach the Seminoles in 1979 before leading the Kansas City Royals to a World Series title in 1985.
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