DALLAS (NCBWA) – Al Chase, who has covered college
baseball for 30 years, is the 35th recipient of the Wilbur Snypp
Award, presented annually by the National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college
"I am totally surprised at receiving this award," Chase said.
"It is an honor to be included in the list of distinguished recipients.
My thanks to all NCBWA members. It was a pleasure to cover so many
great players and outstanding coaches in both dugouts at the University
of Hawaii's Les Murakami Stadium all those years."
"I also am proud to have established the criteria for the annual
active and retired baseball coaches career lists," he added. "Compiling
that list for 10 years in the '80's before handing the task over
to the NCAA would not have been possible without the tremendous
cooperation of the Division I sports information directors."
"Al Chase has been one of the top college baseball writers, and,
for that matter, one of the top sports writers in the country for
39 years," said NCBWA executive director Bo Carter. "He has been
a very active participant in NCBWA, college baseball polls and many
other areas, and this is a long-overdue and well-deserved honor.
He is one of the classiest people in the sports media industry."
Chase introduced the first NCBWA poll in the 1970s and early
1980s. He covered the 1980 NCAA College World Series, many conference
tournaments and mainland series along with covering college baseball
in Hawaii for 30 years. He is a great friend of the NCBWA and retired
from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 2007 after being a sports writer
for 39 years.
Al covered Hawaii's 1980 trip to the NCAA College World Series
where the Rainbow Warriors finished second to Arizona and World
Series MVP Terry Francona, future manager of the Red Sox. He also
covered Hawaii College Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Derek Tatsuno
during his 20-win season in 1979 when he became the first Division
I pitcher to reach that mark. Al wrote one of the most well-read
columns in Hawaii and also was the beat writer for the University
of Hawaii’s women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams. He has
covered over 900 Hawaii home baseball games since 1968.
The Mansfield, Mass., native is a graduate of the University
of Hawaii in 1966, and lives in Hawaii with his wife, Lee.
Chase joins an illustrious group of College Sports Information
Directors of America Hall of Famers, noted national journalists
and others in receiving the award. The plaque memorializes longtime
Ohio State sports information director and NCBWA founder the late
Wilbur (Bill) Snypp. Snypp was a noted contributor to the writers'
organization, which was initiated in 1962 (and celebrating its 48th
year in 2009), as well as an officer in the group. The NCBWA/Wilbur
Snypp Award yearly honors a professional for contributions to the
sport of collegiate baseball. Voting is done by a panel of previous
winners, who include past NCAA World Series officials, SIDs, award-winning
media members, and college athletics administrators.
|ALL-TIME WILBUR SNYPP AWARD
Snypp, Ohio State
1976 Bill Esposito, St. John's
1977 Phil Langan,
1978 John Geis, Southern Conference
1979 Hank Schomber, Georgia
1980 Bob Culp, Western Michigan
1981 Lou Pavlovich Sr., Collegiate
1982 Tom Price, South Carolina
1983 Bob Bradley, Clemson
1984 Robert Williams, Omaha World-Herald
1985 Jerry Miles, NCAA
Larry Keefe, Seton Hall
1987 Tom Rowen, San Jose Mercury-News
Fred Gerardi, KESY Radio, Omaha
1989 Jim Wright, NCAA
1990 Steve Weller,
1991 Bill Little, Texas
1992 Kirk Bohls,
1993 Bo Carter, Southwest Conference
1994 Lou Pavlovich
Jr., Collegiate Baseball
1995 Steve Pivovar, Omaha World-Herald
Gary Johnson, NCAA
1997 Dave Wohlhueter, Cornell
1998 Allen Simpson,
1999 Alan Cannon, Texas A&M
Callis, Baseball America
Dick Case, USA Baseball
Russ Anderson, Conference USA
2003 John Manuel, Baseball America
2004 Dana Heiss Grodin, USA Today
2006 Mike Montoro,
2009 Al Chase,
Lou Spry, NCAA
2012 Eric Olson, Omaha World Herald
2013 J.D. Hamilton, NCAA
2014 John Sullivan, Rice
2015 David Feaster, Dick Howser Trophy
2016 Ralph Zobell, BYU