1977 Major League Baseball draft

1977 Major League Baseball draft

First round selections

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The following are the first round picks in the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Pick Player Team Position Hometown/School
1 Harold Baines Chicago White Sox OF St. Michaels, Maryland
2 Bill Gullickson Montreal Expos RHP Orland Park, IL
3 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers SS University of Minnesota
4 Tim Cole Atlanta Braves LHP Saugerties, NY
5 Kevin Richards Detroit Tigers RHP Wyandotte, MI
6 Terry Kennedy St. Louis Cardinals C Florida State University
7 Richard Dotson California Angels RHP Cincinnati, OH
8 Brian Greer San Diego Padres OF Brea, CA
9 David Hibner Texas Rangers SS Howell, MI
10 Craig Landis San Francisco Giants SS Napa, CA
11 Bruce Compton Cleveland Indians OF Norman, OK
12 Randy Martz Chicago Cubs RHP University of South Carolina
13 Andrew Madden Boston Red Sox RHP New Hartford, NY
14 Ricky Adams Houston Astros SS Montclair, CA
15 Paul Croft Minnesota Twins OF Morristown, NJ
16 Wally Backman New York Mets SS Beaverton, OR
17 Craig Harris Oakland Athletics RHP Sierra Vista, AZ
18 Anthony Nicely Pittsburgh Pirates OF Dayton, OH
19 Drungo Hazewood Baltimore Orioles OF Sacramento, CA
20 Bob Welch Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Eastern Michigan University
21 Mike Jones Kansas City Royals LHP Pittsford, NY
22 Scott Munninghoff Philadelphia Phillies RHP Cincinnati, OH
23 Steve Taylor New York Yankees RHP University of Delaware
24 Tad Venger Cincinnati Reds 3B Newhall, CA
25 Tom Goffena Toronto Blue Jays SS Sidney, OH
26 Dave Henderson Seattle Mariners OF Dos Palos, CA


The White Sox raised some brows when they passed on right-handed pitcher Bill Gullickson, a native of nearby Orland Park, IL, and selected outfielder Harold Baines as the number one pick in the country.

White Sox owner Bill Veeck had seen Baines play little league baseball in Maryland and had followed his progress through the years. After spending three seasons in the minors, Baines was a fixture in the White Sox lineup for 10 seasons. Montreal had perhaps the best draft, choosing Gullickson second, pitcher Scott Sanderson in the third round and outfielder Tim Raines in the fifth. Other picks of interest included infielder Paul Molitor (Milwaukee), pitcher Richard Dotson (California), and catcher Terry Kennedy (St. Louis).

Shortstop Tom Goffena from Sidney, Ohio became the Toronto Blue Jays' first draft pick as he was chosen 25th in the first round. The Seattle Mariners picked 26th and took outfielder Dave Henderson from Dos Palos, CA as their first draft pick. The Blue Jays also picked Danny Ainge out of Brigham Young University in the 15th round. Ainge, who was also drafted by the NBA's Boston Celtics, later quit baseball for a career in basketball as a player and coach.[2]

Other notable players

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Preceded by
Floyd Bannister
1st Overall Picks
Harold Baines
Succeeded by
Bob Horner