On January 3, 1981 — University of Arizona standout Terry Francona wins the Golden Spikes Award, an honor given to the nation’s most outstanding amateur player by the U.S. Baseball Federation. The 21 year-old southpaw-swinging collegiate outfielder/first baseman, who was signed by the Expos, was selected by the NCAA as the College World Series MVP last season after helping the Wildcats capture the National Championship.

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