1976 Amateur Draft
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The 1976 Amateur Draft was held on June 8th. The Houston Astros held the first selection and chose left-handed pitcher Floyd Bannister of Arizona State University. He would reach the majors by April of 1977 on his way to a long and productive career, although he was beaten to the majors by another left-handed college pitcher, Bob Owchinko, selected with the #5 pick by the San Diego Padres, who got his first taste of the majors that September.
In retrospect, the Detroit Tigers had a remarkable draft. While #2 overall pick Pat Underwood never did much in the majors, they selected two future Hall of Famers with subsequent picks, SS Alan Trammell in the 2nd round and P Jack Morris in the 5th round, not to mention All-Star pitcher Dan Petry in round 4. They also had the first overall pick in the January draft, and taken another solid major leaguer in OF Steve Kemp. They could have made it three Hall of Famers in June, as they also selected SS Ozzie Smith in the 7th round, but he didn't sign. He was then picked by the Padres in 1977, and was playing regularly in the big leagues by the start of 1978.
1976 First Round Picks
January 1976 amateur draft
|1||Detroit Tigers||Steve Kemp||OF||University of Southern California (Coll.)|
|2||Houston Astros||Gary Wilson||RHP||Southern Arkansas University (Coll.)|
|3||Milwaukee Brewers||David Globig||OF||University of Minnesota (Coll.)|
|4||Atlanta Braves||William Free||RHP||Tuskegee University (Coll.)|
|5||California Angels||Steven Tebbetts||OF||Florida State University (Coll.)|
Other Notable Selections
Mike Scott, Alan Trammell (2nd round); Dan Schatzeder (3rd round); Dan Petry, Rickey Henderson (4th round); Jack Morris, Ted Power (5th round); Wade Boggs (7th round); Ozzie Smith (7th round - did not sign); Dave Smith, Lary Sorensen (8th round); Rick Honeycutt (17th round); Ron Hassey (18th round); Jay Howell (31st round); Bob Walk (secondary phase); Jody Davis (3rd round, January draft); John Tudor (secondary phase, January draft)
- Anthony Castrovince: "Tigers once drafted 3 HOFers in same year: In '76, Detroit took Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Ozzie Smith", mlb.com, May 29, 2020.