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Bo Jackson Named To Baseball America's '25 for 25'

List recognizes 25 most significant contributors to baseball over the past 25 years

July 7, 2006

AUBURN, Ala. - In honor of its 25th anniversary, Baseball America has included former Auburn baseball great Bo Jackson in its list of '25 for 25,' which is a collection of individuals deemed by the magazine `who have played a significant role in shaping the game we cover at every level."

A three-time letter winner at Auburn in baseball (1983, '85-'86) and a four-year letter winner in football (1982-85), Jackson was recognized for his all-around tools. According to the magazine, "At Baseball America, we are always looking for the best tools. They are the essence of a player, the simplest way of breaking down their abilities on the field. And there has been no player with a better package of tools then Bo Jackson."

Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1985, would go on to become one of the greatest two-sport athletes of all time. He initially chose to play professional baseball over football, signing with the Kansas City Royals after being chosen in the fourth-round of the 1986 MLB draft and making his major league debut later that season. His baseball career continued through the 1994 season, playing for the Royals (1986-90), White Sox (1991-93) and Angels (1994), but a hip injury derailed his football career with the Oakland Raiders after just four seasons (1987-90).

The entire list, which is included in the July 17-30 issue of the magazine, will be published in increments of five on the Baseball America website beginning on Monday, July 17.
 
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