|1976 Major League Baseball draft|
|First selection||Floyd Bannister|
|First round selections||24|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
The following are the first round picks in the 1976 Major League Baseball draft.
|1||Floyd Bannister||Houston Astros||LHP||Arizona State University|
|2||Pat Underwood||Detroit Tigers||LHP||Kokomo, IN|
|3||Ken Smith||Atlanta Braves||3B||Youngstown, OH|
|4||Bill Bordley||Milwaukee Brewers||LHP||Rolling Hills Estates, CA|
|5||Bob Owchinko||San Diego Padres||LHP||Eastern Michigan University|
|6||Ken Landreaux||California Angels||OF||Arizona State University|
|7||Herm Segelke||Chicago Cubs||RHP||South Sacramento, CA|
|8||Steve Trout||Chicago White Sox||LHP||South Holland, IL|
|9||Bob James||Montreal Expos||RHP||Sunland, CA|
|10||Jamie Allen||Minnesota Twins||3B-RHP||Yakima, WA|
|11||Mark Kuecker||San Francisco Giants||SS||Brenham, TX|
|12||Billy Simpson||Texas Rangers||OF||Lakewood, CA|
|13||Tom Thurberg||New York Mets||OF-RHP||South Weymouth, MA|
|14||Tim Glass||Cleveland Indians||C||Springfield, OH|
|15||Leon Durham||St. Louis Cardinals||1B||Cincinnati, OH|
|16||Pat Tabler||New York Yankees||OF||Cincinnati, OH|
|17||Jeff Kraus||Philadelphia Phillies||SS||Cincinnati, OH|
|18||Ben Grzybek||Kansas City Royals||RHP||Hialeah, FL|
|19||Mike Scioscia||Los Angeles Dodgers||C||Morton, PA|
|20||Dallas Williams||Baltimore Orioles||OF||Brooklyn, NY|
|21||Jim Parke||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP||Sterling Heights, MI|
|22||Bruce Hurst||Boston Red Sox||LHP||St. George, UT|
|23||Mark King||Cincinnati Reds||RHP||Owensboro, KY|
|24||Mike Sullivan*||Oakland Athletics||RHP||Woodbridge, VA|
* Did not sign
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
|2||26||Alan Trammell||Detroit Tigers||Shortstop|
|2||37||Mike Scott||New York Mets||Pitcher|
|4||74||Dan Petry||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher|
|4||96||Rickey Henderson||Oakland Athletics||Pitcher|
|5||98||Jack Morris||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher|
|5||99||Bruce Benedict||Atlanta Braves||Catcher|
|7||146||Ozzie Smith*||Detroit Tigers||Shortstop|
|7||152||Willie McGee*||Chicago White Sox||Outfielder|
|7||166||Wade Boggs||Boston Red Sox||Shortstop|
|8||169||Dave Smith||Houston Astros||Pitcher|
|8||172||Lary Sorensen||Milwaukee Brewers||Pitcher|
|11||253||Neil Allen||New York Mets||Pitcher|
|17||405||Rick Honeycutt||Pittsburgh Pirates||First Baseman-Pitcher|
|18||422||Ron Hassey||Cleveland Indians||Catcher|
|22||518||Ray Searage||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher|
* Did not sign
The 1976 Arizona State University team, considered by many to be the best collegiate team ever, played a major role in the draft. Floyd Bannister was picked number one by the Astros while Ken Landreaux was selected sixth by the Angels. In all, 12 players from that team went on to play in the majors.
Bannister and Landreaux anchored a June draft that was one of the most talented ever. The first 10 selections went on to play in the big leagues. Among those picked in the June draft were Rickey Henderson (Oakland), Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Dan Petry (Detroit), Wade Boggs and Bruce Hurst (Boston), Steve Trout (Chicago White Sox), Leon Durham (St. Louis), and Pat Tabler (New York Yankees).
Willie McGee (Chicago White Sox) and Ozzie Smith (Detroit) were selected in the seventh round but did not sign. In the January phase, Steve Kemp of Southern California was picked first by the Tigers and Jody Davis was picked third by the Mets.
| 1st Overall Picks
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William Joseph Evers (born January 29, 1954) is an American professional baseball coach and a former minor league player and longtime manager and instructor. In November 2018, he was named a coach on the staff of Rocco Baldelli, the 2019 manager of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. The appointment marked the second MLB staff assignment of Evers' 44-year baseball career: he spent 2006 and 2007 as the bench coach during Joe Maddon's first two seasons as skipper of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.Evers was born in New York City. He received his BA in management and recreation from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1976 and was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the secondary phase of the June 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. During his four-year playing career, Evers was a catcher and first baseman who batted and threw right-handed; he was listed as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 190 pounds (86 kg). Peaking at the Triple-A level with 30 games played in 1978–79, he hit 11 home runs with an even 200 hits in 274 total games, with 161 walks and 113 strikeouts.
After coaching in the Cubs' minor-league organization, Evers became a manager in the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees systems through 1995, then joined the fledgling Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization in 1996, two seasons before the Rays' American League debut. He spent ten years managing in Tampa Bay's farm system, including eight seasons at the helm of the Durham Bulls, the club's Triple-A affiliate, where he managed Baldelli as a young player. By the time he was named the MLB Rays' bench coach for 2006, Evers had spent 19 years as a minor-league pilot and compiled a 1,381–1,206 (.534) record, then the second-most wins among active minor-league managers. He won five minor league championships and managed three of the Rays' five minor league championship teams through 2005.In 2008, Evers was succeeded as bench coach by former Devil Ray player Dave Martinez. He then served Tampa Bay as a scout for two seasons, and spent nine years (2010–2018) as the field coordinator for the Rays' minor league organization. In all, he was a member of the Rays' system for 23 years before his appointment to Baldelli's Twins brain trust.Bob Veselic
Robert Michael Veselic (September 27, 1955 – December 26, 1995) was an American professional baseball player. The right-handed pitcher appeared in Major League Baseball in six games and 262⁄3 innings, all in relief, for the 1980–1981 Minnesota Twins. He was listed at 6 ft (1.8 m) tall and 175 lb (79 kg).
Veselic was native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but attended Alameda High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft out of Mount San Antonio College. A starting pitcher in minor league baseball, he won 18 games (losing eight) in his second pro season, spent with the 1978 Visalia Oaks of the Class A California League.
Veselic made his MLB debut on September 18, 1980, in relief of Pete Redfern in a 5–0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. After spending 1981 with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, Veselic again joined the Twins in September and worked in five games. On September 13 at Metropolitan Stadium, he relieved starter Don Cooper in the sixth inning with the Twins trailing the Chicago White Sox, 4–2. After allowing one inherited runner to score on a sacrifice fly, he gave up only one more run the rest of the way, and the Twins rallied to win the game, 7–6, for Veselic's only Major League victory. (Ironically, Cooper later became the White Sox' longtime pitching coach.)
Veselic returned to the minors in 1982 and finished his career after the 1983 season. He died from cancer at the age of 40 in Los Angeles.Bruce Benedict
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Smith died of a heart attack on December 17, 2008, in San Diego, California.Doe Boyland
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He played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.He is the only MLB player who, at his first at-bat in the majors, struck out while sitting on the bench having been removed with a 1-2 count.Herman Segelke
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Jody Richard Davis (born November 12, 1956) is an American former professional baseball player and current minor league manager. He was a catcher in the Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves from 1981 to 1990. He is currently the manager of the Louisville Bats in the Cincinnati Reds organization.John Harris (baseball)
John Thomas Harris (born September 13, 1954) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the California Angels. He is currently the manager for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Harris was born in Portland, Oregon. He attended Lubbock Christian University. He was chosen in the 29th round of the 1976 Major League Baseball draft. He played in the major leagues from 1979 until October 1981 — all with the California Angels.
He was the hitting coach of the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association in 2009 and alternated between the Shreveport-Bossier Captains in the American Association and the Amarillo Dillas of the United League in 2010 as the hitting coach.
In 2011, Harris was hired as the field manager of the Amarillo Sox of the American Association.Mike Smithson (baseball)
Billy Mike Smithson (born January 21, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher who appeared in 240 games in the Major Leagues over eight seasons (1982–1989) for the Texas Rangers. Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. Smithson stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall and weighed 215 pounds (98 kg).
After attending the University of Tennessee, Smithson was selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. During the course of his seven-year minor league apprenticeship, he participated in the longest baseball game in history between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings during the 1981 season. During the early morning hours of Sunday, April 19, 1981, he worked the full 15th, 16th and 17th innings, and got two outs in the 18th inning before turning the ball over to Win Remmerswaal. Smithson allowed two hits and three bases on balls in 32⁄3 innings pitched—but no runs. The game was suspended after 32 innings, and resumed June 23; Smithson's PawSox won it in the bottom of the 33rd frame.
After attending spring training with the 1982 Red Sox, Smithson was traded to the Rangers on April 9 for left-handed relief pitcher John Henry Johnson. He was recalled by the Rangers from the Triple-A Denver Bears and began his MLB career late in August as a starting pitcher—the role he would play for much of his big-league tenure.
As a member of the Twins, Smithson led the American League in games started in 1984 and 1985. He won 15 games in each season. The Red Sox brought Smithson back as a free agent in 1988, and he spent two seasons with them as a swing man, making 37 starts in 71 games. Along the way, he pitched against the Oakland Athletics in the 1988 American League Championship Series, his only postseason appearance, providing 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief in Game 4, which Oakland won to complete a sweep over the Red Sox.
Altogether, Smithson allowed 1,473 hits and 383 bases on balls in 1,3561⁄3 innings of big-league work. He made 204 starts out of his 240 total games pitched, and recorded 731 strikeouts, 41 complete games, six shutouts and two saves. He retired after the 1989 campaign. In 2009, he was named to the University of Tennessee's All Century Team.Ozzie Virgil Jr.
Osvaldo José Virgil Jr. (born December 7, 1956 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played with the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays from 1980 to 1990. His father, Ozzie Sr., was a Major League third baseman and utilityman and longtime coach.
Virgil Jr. threw and batted right-handed an was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). He was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft, and from 1984–1988 he was a regular catcher in the National League, being elected to the loop's All-Star team twice, in 1985 and in 1987. In 1987, Virgil hit a career high 27 home runs with the Braves. All told, he played in 739 major league games and collected 549 hits, with 98 career home runs.
Years after his playing career was over, Virgil Jr. became a manager, being named manager of the Arizona's Surprise Fightin' Falcons (Arizona) of the independent Golden Baseball League in 2005.
Ozzie Jr. attended Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He set many state records and even forced a taller fence to be erected on the Moon Valley field due to his tendency to use nearby houses as target practice.
In 1978, Virgil was named the Carolina League's MVP.Pat Underwood
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|Rule 5 drafts|
1976 MLB season by team