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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 13, 2001

UH Baseball's All Team selections

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Catcher: Collin Tanabe, 1978-81 (.333, 15 HRs, 209 RBIs)

A leader of the 1980 team that went to the College World Series, where he was voted to the all-series team and an All-American.

First base: Dean Hall, 1977-78 (.275, 5, 72)

Nicknamed "Garv" for his Steve Garvey-like forearms and slick fielding.

• Second base: Thad Reece, 1978-81 (.326, 4, 164)

"Reece because even if (Todd) Crosby was such a slick fielder, I think Reece could do more things for us. He could run, play center field and he could hit," Murakami said.

Shortstop: Paul Mize, 1975-77

Smooth fielder who also led the '77 Rainbows in hitting (.333).

Third base: Curt Watanabe, 1976-79 (.333, 11, 148)

The "Tank" for his compack size and durability. Quiet, respected leader.


Ricki Bass, 1977-80 (322, 4, 161)

UH's all-time hits (319), runs (278), triples (22) and stolen bases (132) leader but is perhaps best known for his game-saving catch in the 1980 College World Series against Miami.

Mario Monico, 1982-85 (.367, 14, 179)

UH's all-time leader in total bases (431), walks (240) and batting average (.367) and perhaps its best pure hitter.

Vern Ramie, 1977-79 (.300, 7, 111)

Sweet left-handed hitter with good outfield range and clutch-hitting ability.

Designated hitter: John Matias, 1986-89 (.312, 30, 157)

Limited in the field because of an arm injury, there was little stopping him at the plate in a career in which he set the UH record for home runs.


Derek Tatsuno, 1977-79 (40-6, 2.04)

Called "The Franchise" for what he meant to UH baseball. One of four pitchers selected to Baseball America's All-Time College All-Star Team.

Chuck Crim, 1980-82 (34-9, 3.58)

Second only to Tatsuno in victories (34) and complete games (27) and third in innings pitched (366á). Was 12-0 as a freshman in UH's College World Series season.

Gene Smith, 1976-79 (16-4, 2.48)

UH's career leader in saves (28). Went 11-2 with 12 saves in 31 appearances in 1979.