June 21, 1999 - by
First Team All-Americans

Dick Howser


The first All-American in Florida State history, Dick Howser led FSU into the District III Playoffs each season from 1956-58, and to the District Championship in 1957. This brilliant shortstop was named All-Region in 1957 and ’58 and earned All-America recognition from the ABCA both of those years. In 1956, Howser’s .422 batting average set a Florida State season mark. He played professional baseball for Kansas City, Cleveland and the New York Yankees and returned to coach his alma mater to a 43-17-1 record in 1979.

Buddy Teagle


Buddy Teagle, the catcher for the 1962 Seminoles, was honored with ABCA All- America status after a fine offensive and defensive year. He proved to be a threat both at and behind the plate. At the plate, Teagle boasted a .325 batting average. Behind the plate, his rifle arm was a threat to all potential base stealers.

Mike Augustine


Mike Augustine is literally a Seminole success story. In the 1962 season, he never saw regular playing time until tournament time. The next season, the center-fielder broke a school record for most hits in a season with 58. This 5-9, 150-pound All-American led Florida State to the District III title and a trip to the College World Series.

Ken Suarez


For the second time in three seasons, the Seminoles boasted an All-America catcher. In 1962, Buddy Teagle was named All-America and in 1964, Ken Suarez was named to the first team Coaches All-America team. Suarez was the leader of the 1964 Seminoles. He led the team in five offensive departments, including batting average as he hit .404.

Jim Lyttle


In 1966, Jim Lyttle was named a first team All-American by The Sporting News and the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also an All-District III NCAA selection. That year, Lyttle rewrote Florida State slugging records. His 13 home runs, 51 RBIs and 131 total bases set school records that lasted for years. He was also a fine defensive outfielder with an arm like a rifle. He played professional baseball with the Yankees, White Sox and Expos.

Dick Gold


Dick Gold, the team co-captain for the 1969 Seminoles, set many Florida State batting records. His 20 career doubles, 83 career RBIs, 151 career hits and 98 career runs either tied or surpassed the school records of the day. The nine triples he hit in 1969 remains a Florida State mark. Gold was a first team ABCA All-American and a District III team selection.

Dick Nichols


Dick Nichols was the leading hitter on the 1970 national runner-up Seminole team that boasted four All-Americans. His batting average of .338 was just above fellow All-American Ron Cash’s .335. Nichols, the second baseman for the Tribe, was selected to the All-District III team and earned All-America recognition from The Sporting News.

Guillermo (Juan) Bonilla


The third baseman for the 1976 Tribe team that went 40-16 under Head Coach Woody Woodward, Guillermo (Juan) Bonilla garnered first team All-America honors from the Coaches Association for his offensive and defensive prowess. Bonilla, a native of Rip Piedras, Puerto Rico, hit nearly .350 for the 1976 Seminoles and ranked second only to fellow All-American Terry Kennedy in RBI and runs scored.

Terry Kennedy


The Sporting News Player of the Year
Swinging his big bat or crouched behind the plate, Terry Kennedy gave Florida State his best. From 1975-77, he drove in 122 runs and clouted 32 homers. His 64 RBIs, 21 home runs and .810 slugging average were school records in 1976. He earned 1976 All-Region and 1977 all-Metro honors. In both 1976 and ’77, he was named a first team All-American by The Sporting News and added Most Valuable Player recognition from the magazine in 1977.

Jim Weaver


Jim Weaver, the Seminole left-fielder in 1980, was second only to fellow outfielder Mike Fuentes in batting. Weaver’s numbers, .372 batting average and 18 home runs, fit perfectly into a powerful hitting team which boasted five players who hit above .350. Weaver also had a team-high 28 stolen bases. He was a member of the All-Metro Conference first team, as well as an All-American by The Sporting News.

Mike Fuentes


Golden Spikes Award

Mike Fuentes went from being cut from the Seminole team to winning the Golden Spikes Award in 1981, symbolizing college baseball’s best player. He was FSU’s third two-time All-American (ABCA) and also earned first-team recognition from Baseball America. He became the first Seminole to hit .400 in a season when he batted .408 as a junior while leading Florida State into the 1980 College World Series. Fuentes capped a brilliant career with a senior season that included 27 home runs, 81 RBIs and a .360 average. During that year, he broke the NCAA career home run mark, finishing his career with 64.

Jeff Ledbetter


The Sporting News Player of the Year

Baseball America Player/Pitcher of the Year

Jeff Ledbetter was nicknamed “Treetops” for his monumental blasts into the pine trees behind the right-field wall at Seminole Field. Ledbetter set NCAA and FSU records in almost every offensive category, including home runs in a season (42), career home runs (97), home runs in a game (4), career RBIs (346), total bases in a season (273) and career total bases (346). Ledbetter ended an outstanding 1982 season by being named All-Metro, All-Metro Tournament, Metro Player of the Year, consensus All-American and The Sporting News and Baseball America Player of the Year.

Frank Fazzini


A powerful slugger, Frank Fazzini posted outstanding numbers during the 1985 season. His remarkable batting average of .413 was padded with other great statistics including 33 home runs and 118 RBIs. Fazzini’s offensive skills made him a first team All-America choice by the Coaches Association and Baseball America, as well as a member of the All-Metro Conference and All-Metro Tournament teams.

Luis Alicea


Florida State’s second baseman in 1986, Luis Alicea literally raked in the awards. He was named to All-America teams by The Sporting News and Baseball America, was the MVP of the NCAA South II Regional Tournament and earned recognition on the College World Series All-Tournament team. With a batting average of .392 and a fielding percentage of .945, Alicea was dangerous both offensively and defensively. These skills made him an integral member of the Seminoles’ College World Series runner-up team.

Mike Loynd


Golden Spikes Award

Baseball America Player/Pitcher of the Year

Pitcher Mike Loynd, who led the Seminoles to a 61-13 record and a second-place finish in the College World Series, was named the 10th recipient of the Golden Spikes Award in 1986. Loynd won the award after compiling a 20-3 record in a stellar senior season. Loynd was a master at fooling opposing batters, striking out 223 of them. Because of his tremendous numbers, Loynd was a first team ABCA and Baseball America All-American, as well as the Metro Tournament MVP.

Richie Lewis


Richie Lewis, a pitcher from Muncie, Ind. was a fiery strikeout artist who mystified opposing batters. From 1985-87, Lewis struck out 520 batters in 392.2 innings of play. This not only remains a Seminole all-time record, but ranks second in the NCAA record book. In 1987, he was chosen to the ABCA, The Sporting News and Baseball America All-America teams.

Pedro Grifol


Pedro Grifol, an All-America catcher, epitomized the spirit of the 1991 College World Series squad. Always competitive, Grifol posted a .344 batting average and a near-perfect .998 fielding average. He led the squad in RBIs with 80 and in home runs with 16. Grifol, a three-year starter at catcher, proved a great target for Seminole pitchers. His ability to frame a pitch and provide leadership behind the plate gave his Florida State teammates a player they could look up to.

Chris Roberts


Chris Roberts, one of the highest draft picks to ever attend Florida State, was a three-year starter in the outfield and on the mound for the Seminoles from 1990-92. Roberts was a 1992 Collegiate Baseball All-American, as well as an All-ACC selection. The Middleburg, Fla. product racked up numerous awards at Florida State, including the 1991 Metro Conference Player-of-the-Year. Roberts hit .301, smashing 32 homeruns and driving in 175 runs. As a pitcher, Roberts posted a 23-8 record with 202 strikeouts. While at Florida State, Roberts started in leftfield for the USA National Team in the summer of 1991 and again at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Roberts was selected in the first round of the 1992 June draft, and later signed with the New York Mets.

Paul Wilson


All-American Paul Wilson made Florida State history by becoming the highest Seminole ever chosen in any professional sport draft, when the righthanded pitcher was named the first overall pick in the 1994 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Wilson was selected to the Baseball America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American teams, in addition to being tagged All-Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orlando native capped his FSU career by being named one of nine finalists for the Golden Spikes award, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Wilson compiled a 27-11 record at FSU with a 2.77 ERA. Along the way he struck out 299 in 304.2 innings of work. Wilson established himself as the ace of the 1993 Team USA pitching staff, starting in nine games.

Jonathan Johnson


Jonathan Johnson led Florida State to its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference championship, as he was named Most Valuable Player of the 1995 tournament for his outstanding performance. Johnson, a 1995 Baseball America All-American, also garnered All-ACC honors. He struck out 391 batters in his career, which ranks fourth on the all-time ACC career list. Johnson compiled a 34-5 record and 2.62 ERA in three years as a starter for the Seminoles. The native of Ocala, Fla., was also chosen as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented each year to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Johnson was the seventh pick of the 1995 June draft by the Texas Rangers.

J.D. Drew


Golden Spikes Award

The Sporting News Player of the Year

Baseball America Player of the Year

J.D. Drew rewrote history as he established himself as one of the best hitters in college baseball. Drew was a consensus 1st Team All-American after becoming the only player in Division I baseball history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases. He was named Player of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News, and the Atlantic Coast Conference and received the Dick Howser Award given by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Drew was also crowned the Golden Spikes Award winner, given by USA Baseball to the best amateur baseball player. He batted a FSU record .455 in 1997, while becoming one of just three players in Division I college baseball history to record a triple-triple 100 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI. Drew broke a total of 17 Florida State and ACC records including FSU season batting average, FSU & ACC career slugging percentage and ACC season and career home runs. Drew highlighted his junior campaign with an FSU record 34-game hitting streak during which he batted .524 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI. Drew was the second pick of the 1997 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeremy Morris


Jeremy Morris turned in a record-breaking year after returning for his senior season despite being drafted in the ninth round after his junior year. Morris became the Atlantic Coast Conference all-time RBI leader as he finished his senior campaign with 273 in his career. He also set a new Florida State career doubles record with 78. Morris was selected a 1st Team All-American by Baseball America and The Sporting News and earned 2nd Team honors from Collegiate Baseball, the ABCA and the NCBWA. He also earned All-ACC for the second consecutive season and was named the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player for his performance in the Seminoles’ 1997 conference championship. Morris led the Florida State and ACC in RBIs with 116. He batted .356 with 25 home runs, 22 doubles and 25 stolen bases. Morris was named to both the ACC and NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Teams and was selected ACC Player of the Week three times in 1997.

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