Jimmy Rollins Among Dodgers Named To CIF Spring-All Century Team
As the 100th anniversary of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) approaches, an All-Century team has been assembled, which features 10 Dodgers players from the past and present.
The oldest Dodger featured is the great Jackie Robinson who played football, baseball, basketball, tennis and ran track for Pasadena John Muir High School before moving on to Pasadena Junior College and eventually UCLA.
Perhaps one of the most famous Dodger pitchers, Don Drysdale, also appears on the list. Drysdale graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1954 where he obviously played baseball. As for current Dodgers, J.P. Howell and Jimmy Rollins made the list.
Howell graduated from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., in 2001 where he posted a truly impressive 0.09 ERA in his senior year while striking out 137 batters.
Rollins attended Encinal High School in Alameda, California and graduated in 1996. Upon graduation, the shortstop held 10 school records for baseball, including highest batting average (.484) and most stolen bases (99).
He was awarded a spot on the All-USA High School baseball team by USA Today. Shortly after, Rollins committed to Arizona State Baseball, but was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1996 MLB Draft.
Rickey Henderson was another Dodger included on the list, as he played baseball, football, and basketball at Oakland Technical High School. Although he had the opportunity to play college football, he followed his mother’s advice and decided to play professional baseball.
Other Dodgers on the esteemed list included Frank Robinson, Willie Crawford, Bill Butler, Dusty Baker, and Darryl Strawberry.
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