WORCESTER, Mass. – College baseball fans across the nation are being asked to vote for who they think should be selected as members of the CWS Legends Team, a squad of 27 student-athletes who had the best CWS performances in the 60 years the event was played at Rosenblatt Stadium. Fans have the chance to vote for three former Holy Cross baseball players: Ken Komodzinski '60, John Turco '52 and Jim O’Neill '52. To vote, please visit www.ncaa.com/cws.
Komodzinski, Turco and O’Neill are three of 95 nominees. Komodzinski was a third baseman on the 1958 team that went 18-6 overall and won two out of four games in the CWS. He was later named team captain in 1960. Turco and O’Neill both played on Holy Cross’ 1952 National Championship team. O’Neill, a right-handed pitcher, earned tournament MVP honors as he became the first pitcher in NCAA history to win three games in the tournament. Turco led the team in batting that season, collecting a .385 batting average.
All 95 candidates are former student-athlete who were voted onto a previous CWS anniversary team (25th, 50th and all-decade teams), as well as individuals who played in the last 14 years as determined by a blue-ribbon panel from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the Omaha World-Herald and NCAA staff. Winners will be announced in early May.
Selected CWS Legends Team members will be invited to attend the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium as guests of the NCAA. The members will be formally honored during the CWS Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 18, and invited to attend the first day of CWS competition on Saturday, June 19.
For more information on the nominees and how to vote can be found by logging on to www.ncaa.com/cws. Each person logging on to vote will only be able to submit their votes one time. Voting for the team is to be based solely on the former student-athletes’ performance when they were competing in the NCAA College World Series, and not for any regular season or post-collegiate performances.