Gordon Beckham earned All-American and Academic All-American honors during his Bulldog career.
Feb. 7, 2014
ATHENS----One of the University of Georgia’s greatest baseball players will have the MVP award named after him, according to an announcement by UGA head coach Scott Stricklin.
All-America shortstop Gordon Beckham, who earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as well as SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in his career, will have his name attached to Georgia’s annual Most Valuable Player Award starting in 2014.
“I am honored and humbled to have the MVP award named after me,” said Beckham. “While this award is in my name, it is an awesome tribute to my teammates, Coach (David) Perno, and his staff. Without them, none of my own success would have been possible. The University of Georgia gave me an incredible platform on which to shine, and for that I am forever grateful. Some of my fondest memories often take me back to Foley Field on a June afternoon. Playing at the University of Georgia was special, and it is my sincere hope that no one ever donning the red and black ever takes it for granted. I'm excited for the future of Georgia Baseball under the guidance of Scott Stricklin. I know he will maintain and extend the great tradition of Georgia Baseball. Go Dawgs!”
Beckham arrived at UGA in 2006 as an undrafted infielder from the Westminster School in Atlanta and went on to establish himself as one of the best ever to wear the red and black. Beckham was tabbed an All-American and an Academic All-American. He started all 197 games of his three-year career. He led Georgia to a pair of College World Series appearances including the 2008 CWS Finals. He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award. A consensus All-American in 2008, he hit .411 with a school record 28 home runs and 77 RBI. He led the NCAA in home runs that year and set a Bulldog career mark with 53 home runs.
“Gordon possesses all the qualities a program is looking for in their most valuable player, and he continues to represent Georgia in a first class manner as a professional in the Major Leagues,” said Stricklin. “It’s a tribute to how he valued the importance of excelling in the classroom and on the field as a Georgia Bulldog.”
Beckham was a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2008 and less then a year later, he made his Major League debut and eventually was named the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year by the MLB Players Association and The Sporting News. Beckham completed his fifth season with the White Sox in 2013.