Brooks Wallace Award
The Brooks Wallace Award is presented to the nationís top collegiate shortstop in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fameís annual induction festivities. The award is a dedication to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace.
Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.
Baseball Almanac is pleased and honored to present a comprehensive list of each winner of the Brooks Wallace Award which, until 2008 the award was presented to the nation's most outstanding player; however in 2009 the recipient list was changed to only include shortstops.