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UGA’s Charlie Condon named 2024 college baseball player of the year

Charlie Condon has been racking up the postseason awards, but the honor bestowed on the Bulldog great was his biggest to date.

Thursday, Condon was named the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, which goes annually to the top player in college baseball as voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association.

The Dick Howser Trophy is given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987. The trophy is regarded as baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage – all qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

Former winners include current big leaguers Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, Adley Rutschman, and Andrew Benintendi, among many others.

Condon – who hit .433 with 37 home runs and 78 RBI – thanked teammates and coaches after Georgia’s loss to North Carolina State in the finals of the Athens Super Regional.

“It’s been a long ride since I got here," Condon said. "I’m just incredibly thankful for this University and this program, my coaches and teammates, everyone who put their time and resources into my development and promoting me the best they could. I wouldn’t be close to who I am without that."

More honors are to come.

Already the SEC Player of the Year, Condon is also a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award to be announced next week.

Condon is projected to be one of the top two picks in next month’s Major League Draft

“It’s an extreme honor for Charlie to be the Dick Howser Trophy winner,” Johnson said. “You think about it, 300 teams in college baseball, and all the players on every team and to be recognized as the best player in college baseball in that pool is hard to describe and to put into words. What he’s done for the University of Georgia and our baseball program in a short time is unrivaled,” Georgia coach Wes Johnson said. “The great thing about Charlie is you always hope your best player is a great human being, who is caring and a great teammate, and how important it is to develop yourself and your teammates through leadership and hard work. Charlie checks all those boxes. It’s an experience I’ll never forget, and for the rest of my coaching career, I would bet I’ll never have another Charlie Condon. For me, it’s a season I’ll never forget, and I’m one of Charlie Condon’s biggest fans the rest of his career.”

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