In the past 25 years, Little League Baseball® alumnus and Little League® International Board of Directors member Mike Mussina has graduated from Stanford University, starred in and retired from Major League Baseball and returned to manage his sons in the same local Little League program he grew up playing in, Montoursville Little League. For all of his accomplishments, on and off the field, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) named him as a recipient of the 2015 Silver Anniversary Award.
The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletic careers. Representatives of the NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of distinguished former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients.
“As a leader on the field, in the classroom, and throughout the community, Mike has shown the values of teamwork, dedication, and leadership that we truly celebrate at Little League,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “His commitment as a volunteer coach and board member on the local level, and as a member of our International Board of Directors, has directly impacted the lives of Little Leaguers in his home league and around the world. His accomplishments on and away from the playing field cement his place as a role model for current and future student-athletes, and we Congratulate Mike on this wonderful recognition.”
Growing up 15 minutes from Williamsport, Pa., the birthplace of Little League Baseball, and playing in the Montoursville Little League, Mr. Mussina excelled athletically and academically in high school and college.
As a 10-year-old, playing for Johnny Z’s, he pitched his first Little League game. His love of baseball carried him through a successful high school career where he posted a 24-4 win-loss record with an earned run average of .087.
Developing into a well-rounded, yet grounded young man, Mr. Mussina was also a standout in football and basketball, and graduated near the top of his class from Montoursville High School in 1987. Mr. Mussina often credits his experience in other sports as a major reason for his baseball success.
Mr. Mussina was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1987, but he chose to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. In three years with the Cardinal, he amassed a career record of 31-16; pitched in two College World Series, was selected as an All-American, and earned his degree in Economics in just three years.
Following the 1990 season, he was again drafted by the Orioles, this time as the 20th overall selection in the first round of the Amateur Player Entry Draft.
Making his Major League debut one year later, Mr. Mussina became an anchor of the Orioles’ pitching staff until 2000. Leaving Baltimore via free agency prior to the 2001 season, “The Moose,” as would come to be known, joined the New York Yankees. In eight years in The Bronx, he pitched in the postseason each year, including two World Series appearances.
Following the 2008 season, Mr. Mussina retired after posting a 20-win season. For his career, he won 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons, an American League record. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Mr. Mussina’s consistency resulted in six top-five finishes in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award.
Joining Mr. Mussina as the 2015 Silver Anniversary Award recipients are: Jennifer Azzi (Stanford University/women’s basketball); Brent Lang (University of Michigan/men’s swimming and diving); Pellom McDaniels (Oregon State University/football); Bernard Muir (Brown University/men’s basketball); and Tamyra Rogers (University of Oklahoma/women’s basketball). The NCAA will recognize the honorees during the 2015 NCAA Convention on Jan. 16, in Washington, D.C.