January 13, 1999
STILLWATER, Okla. - Former OSU baseball standout Pete Incaviglia was tabbed college baseball's "Player of the Century" in the latest issue of Baseball America to be released on Thursday.
Incaviglia was voted number one by the fans and a select panel which included noted baseball dignitaries George Will, Bob Costas and Steve Wulf.
Incaviglia is considered the most recognized power hitter in Oklahoma State and NCAA baseball history. He had the most impressive offensive year in NCAA history as a junior in 1985 when he set NCAA single-season records for home runs (48), RBI (143), total bases (285) and slugging percentage (.915) all of which still stands today. In addition he set the NCAA career records for home runs (100) and slugging percentage (.915).
A two-time first team All-America (1984 and 1985), Incaviglia was drafted in the first round of the 1985 draft by the Montreal Expos and was traded to Texas where he was one of only five position players to go directly from amateur baseball to the major leagues since the draft began in 1965. Incaviglia signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks this off season and will vie for a position in the outfield during spring training.
Another former OSU great, Robin Ventura, finished third in the voting. Ventura still holds the collegiate consecutive game hitting streak at 58 games and boasted a .428 career batting average during his OSU career from 1986-88. The 1987 Golden Spikes Award winner signed with the New York Mets in the off season.
Oklahoma State will honor Incaviglia next month by having his jersey retired at the Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, February 14.
Baseball America's Player of the Century Results (Top 10)
1. Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State) 2. Bob Horner (Arizona State) 3. Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State) 4. Burt Hooton (Texas) 5. Dave Winfield (Minnesota) 6. Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) 7. John Olerud (Washington State) 8. J.D. Drew (Florida State) 9. Eddie Bain (Arizona State) 10. Derrick Tatsuno (Hawaii)