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William James "B. J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964 in the Bronx, New York City) is a former catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Over his 18-year major league career, he played every position except pitcher. After playing for the Orioles from 1996 to 2000, he rejoined the team in 2003 and played through the 2005 season. He started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
(1987–1995) and also played for the Atlanta Braves (2000–2002). Surhoff began his career as a catcher, and after playing third base in the mid-1990s, shifted to become primarily a left fielder.

Contents

1 Baseball
Baseball
career 2 Personal life 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Baseball
Baseball
career[edit] Surhoff attended Rye High School in Westchester, New York and hit a monstrous home run as a visitor at Somers High School which cleared route 139 and hit the firehouse. The home run was dubbed "The Killer", and is infamous in high school baseball lore as it bounced off the firehouse and killed a small squirrel. The spot the home run landed is still marked. After high school he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was honored as the 1985 ACC Male Athlete of the Year, and played on the very first (1984) U.S. Olympic baseball team. He was a two-time first team All-American at UNC and his career batting average of .392 was a school record until Dustin Ackley set the mark at .412 in 2009.[1] He was selected by the Brewers with the first overall pick of the 1985 amateur draft. Surhoff was a very versatile player, having appeared at every position except pitcher over the course of his career. He had 2,326 hits and 1,153 RBI in his career. Although always a consistent hitter, having hit over .280 in 12 of his 19 seasons, Surhoff's finest season was his 1999 campaign with the Orioles, in which he led the American League
American League
in at-bats (673), ranked second in hits (207), was selected to the American League
American League
All-Star team, and ultimately won Most Valuable Oriole honors for the season, becoming one of five players to get 200 or more hits in a season for the team. He also participated in the Home Run Derby. In other notable seasons, he finished sixth in the AL in doubles in 1993 with the Brewers and finished fifth in batting average in the AL with the Brewers in 1995 with a .320 average. In 2007, Surhoff was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, with the official induction ceremony occurring before the start of the Orioles–Twins game on August 25, 2007, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Personal life[edit] His father Dick Surhoff played two years in the NBA in 1952–1953 and 1953–1954 and his brother Rick Surhoff appeared in nine games in 1985 as a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
and the Texas Rangers. He also has a brother named Mark who lives in Rye, New York. His son, Austin Surhoff, swam at the University of Texas
University of Texas
and won the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke at the 2010 Big 12 Championships.[2] Then he won the 200 Individual Medley national title a month later. Surhoff lives in Cockeysville, Maryland
Cockeysville, Maryland
with his wife Polly and their four children. He is the president of Pathfinders for Autism, a Hunt Valley support group for families with autistic children. Surhoff's son, Mason, is autistic.[3] Surhoff is the uncle of former UNC third-team All-American pitcher Brian Moran, and current Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman/outfielder Colin Moran.[4][5] In 2008, 2009 and 2012 Surhoff was a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles.[6][7] See also[edit]

List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
career hits leaders List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
career doubles leaders List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
career runs scored leaders List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
career runs batted in leaders

References[edit]

^ Adam Lucas (February 3, 2002). "Tar Heel Monthly: Catching Up B. J. Surhoff." Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011.  ^ "Feigen, Surhoff earn NCAA automatic-qualifying marks at Big 12 Championships". February 25, 2010.  ^ The Toy Department: Catching Up With ... former Oriole B. J. Surhoff – Baltimore sports: Ravens, Orioles, Terps blog by Baltimore Sun reporters – baltimoresun.com ^ "Player Bio: Brian Moran". Archived from the original on 2011-04-05. Retrieved April 5, 2010.  ^ "Player Bio: Colin Moran". Archived from the original on 2011-04-05. Retrieved April 5, 2011.  ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.86, Published by Time Inc. ^ "MASN Sport, School of Roch: Late-inning intrigue". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 

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Major League Baseball
Baseball
number one overall draft picks

1965: Rick Monday 1966: Steve Chilcott 1967: Ron Blomberg 1968: Tim Foli 1969: Jeff Burroughs 1970: Mike Ivie 1971: Danny Goodwin 1972: Dave Roberts 1973: David Clyde 1974: Bill Almon 1975: Danny Goodwin 1976: Floyd Bannister 1977: Harold Baines 1978: Bob Horner 1979: Al Chambers 1980: Darryl Strawberry 1981: Mike Moore 1982: Shawon Dunston 1983: Tim Belcher 1984: Shawn Abner 1985: B. J. Surhoff 1986: Jeff King 1987: Ken Griffey Jr. 1988: Andy Benes 1989: Ben McDonald 1990: Chipper Jones 1991: Brien Taylor 1992: Phil Nevin 1993: Alex Rodriguez 1994: Paul Wilson 1995: Darin Erstad 1996: Kris Benson 1997: Matt Anderson 1998: Pat Burrell 1999: Josh Hamilton 2000: Adrian Gonzalez 2001: Joe Mauer 2002: Bryan Bullington 2003: Delmon Young 2004: Matt Bush 2005: Justin Upton 2006: Luke Hochevar 2007: David Price 2008: Tim Beckham 2009: Stephen Strasburg 2010: Bryce Harper 2011: Gerrit Cole 2012: Carlos Correa 2013: Mark Appel 2014: Brady Aiken 2015: Dansby Swanson 2016: Mickey Moniak 2017: Royce Lewis

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1985 Major League Baseball
Baseball
Draft First Round Selections

B. J. Surhoff Will Clark Bobby Witt Barry Larkin Kurt Brown Barry Bonds Mike Campbell Pete Incaviglia Mike Poehl Chris Gwynn Walt Weiss Cameron Drew Jeff Bumgarner Tommy Greene Willie Fraser Trey McCall Brian McRae Joe Magrane Mike Cook Gregg Jefferies Dan Gabriele Rafael Palmeiro Joey Cora Dave Masters Greg David Randy Nosek Bill McGuire Rick Balabon

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Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
first-round draft picks

1968: None 1969: G. Thomas 1970: Porter 1971: Bianco 1972: D. Thomas 1973: Yount 1974: Edge 1975: O'Keefe 1976: Bordley 1977: Molitor 1978: Hernandez 1979: None 1980: James 1981: None 1982: Sveum 1983: Plesac 1984: Clark 1985: Surhoff 1986: Sheffield 1987: Spiers 1988: Fernandez 1989: Eldred, Powell 1990: None 1991: Henderson, Hill 1992: Felder, Martinez 1993: D'Amico, Wunsch, Dunn, Wagner 1994: Williamson 1995: Jenkins 1996: Green 1997: Peterson 1998: Gold 1999: Sheets 2000: Krynzel 2001: Jones 2002: Fielder 2003: Weeks 2004: Rogers 2005: Braun 2006: Jeffress 2007: LaPorta 2008: Lawrie, Odorizzi, Frederickson 2009: Arnett, Davis, Heckathorn 2010: Covey 2011: Jungmann, Bradley 2012: Coulter, Roache, Haniger 2013: None 2014: Medeiros 2015: Clark 2016: Ray 2017: Hiura

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Members of the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
Hall of Fame

Roberto Alomar Brady Anderson Luis Aparicio Harold Baines George Bamberger Steve Barber Hank Bauer Mark Belanger Paul Blair Mike Boddicker Mike Bordick Hal Brown Don Buford Al Bumbry Mike Cuellar Rich Dauer Doug DeCinces Rick Dempsey Jack Dunn III Mike Flanagan Jim Gentile Bobby Grich Dick Hall Elrod Hendricks Chris Hoiles Billy Hunter Davey Johnson John Lowenstein Dennis Martínez Tippy Martinez Lee May Scott McGregor Dave McNally Ray Miller Stu Miller Melvin Mora Eddie Murray Mike Mussina Johnny Oates Gregg Olson Jim Palmer Milt Pappas Boog Powell Paul Richards Cal Ripken Jr. Cal Ripken Sr. Brooks Robinson Frank Robinson Gary Roenicke Ken Singleton B. J. Surhoff Gus Triandos Eddie Watt Earl Weaver Hoyt Wilhelm Gene Woodling

Herb Armstrong Award

Richie Bancells Rex Barney Rob Brown Frank Cashen Harry Dalton Jerold Hoffberger Phil Itzoe Lenny Johnston Lee MacPhail Bill O'Donnell Hank Peters Don Pries Ralph Salvon Chuck Thompson Ernie Tyler Fred Uhlman Sr. Julie Wagner Eddie Weidner

"Wild Bill" Hagy Award

Wild Bill Hagy

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ACC Athlete of the Year

Athlete of the Year

1954: Joel Shankle 1955: Dickie Hemric 1956: Dave Sime 1957: Lennie Rosenbluth 1958: Dick Christy 1959: Lou Pucillo 1960: Mike McGee 1961: Roman Gabriel 1962: Len Chappell 1963: Art Heyman 1964: Jeff Mullins 1965: Brian Piccolo 1966: Danny Talbott 1967: Bobby Bryant 1968: Larry Miller 1969: Frank Quayle 1970: Charlie Scott 1971: Don McCauley 1972: Barry Parkhill 1973: David Thompson 1974: Tony Waldrop 1975: David Thompson 1976: John Lucas 1977: Phil Ford 1978: Phil Ford 1979: Renaldo Nehemiah 1980: Julie Shea 1981: Julie Shea 1982: James Worthy 1983: Ralph Sampson 1984: Michael Jordan 1985: B. J. Surhoff 1986: Len Bias 1987: Riccardo Ingram 1988: Danny Ferry 1989: Danny Ferry

Male Athlete of the Year

1990: Clarkston Hines 1991: Christian Laettner 1992: Christian Laettner 1993: Charlie Ward 1994: Charlie Ward 1995: Randolph Childress 1996: Kris Benson 1997: Tim Duncan 1998: Antawn Jamison 1999: Elton Brand 2000: Joe Hamilton 2001: Shane Battier 2002: Juan Dixon 2003: Chris Rotelli 2004: Philip Rivers 2005: Sean May 2006: J. J. Redick 2007: Walter Dix 2008: Tyler Hansbrough 2009: Matt Hill 2010: Ned Crotty 2011: Ngoni Makusha 2012: Luke Kuechly 2013: Jarmere Jenkins 2014: Jameis Winston 2015: Laken Tomlinson 2016: Deshaun Watson 2017: Deshaun Watson

Female Athlete of the Year

1990: Shannon Higgins 1991: Dawn Staley 1992: Dawn Staley 1993: Mia Hamm 1994: Beverly Smith 1995: Tisha Venturini 1996: Kelly Amonte Hiller 1997: Sarah Forbes 1998: Vanessa Webb 1999: Cindy Parlow 2000: Jen Adams 2001: Jen Adams 2002: Bea Bielik 2003: Alana Beard 2004: Alana Beard 2005: Kelly Dostal 2006: Paula Infante 2007: Lindsey Harding 2008: Angela Tincher 2009: Casey Nogueira 2010: Whitney Engen 2011: Katie O'Donnell 2012: Rebecca Ward 2013: Crystal Dunn 2014: Alyssa Thomas 2015: Morgan Brian 2016: Molly Seidel 2017: Kenzie Kent

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1984 College Baseball
Baseball
All-America Team selections

P Scott Bankhead P John Hoover P Todd Simmons P Greg Swindell P Scott Wright C John Marzano C B. J. Surhoff 1B Mark McGwire 2B Billy Bates 2B Bob Ralston

3B David Denny 3B Gene Larkin SS Barry Larkin SS Cory Snyder O Chris Gwynn O Shane Mack O Oddibe McDowell O Rafael Palmeiro DH Pete Incaviglia

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1985 College Baseball
Baseball
All-America Team selections

P Jeff Brantley P Mike Cook P Scott Marrett P Rick Raether P Greg Swindell C B. J. Surhoff 1B Will Clark 2B Billy Bates 3B Jeff King

3B Bo Tomberlin SS Barry Larkin O Brad Bierly O Gary Cooper O Frank Fazzini O Pete Incaviglia O Mike Watters DH Dave Otto U Jim Fregosi, Jr.

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Members of the National College Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame

Players

Jim Abbott Steve Arlin Joe Arnold Eddie Bane Sal Bando Alan Bannister Floyd Bannister Lance Berkman Bill Bordley Tom Borland Lou Brock Joe Carter Will Clark Matt DeSalvo Darren Dreifort Kirk Dressendorfer J. D. Drew Alex Fernandez Mike Fiore Terry Francona Eddy Furniss Nomar Garciaparra Ralph Garr Danny Goodwin Dick Groat Neal Heaton Don Heinkel Al Holland Burt Hooton Bob Horner Dick Howser Pete Incaviglia Tim Jorgensen Mike Kelly Brooks Kieschnick Fred Lynn Barry Larkin Tino Martinez William Clarence Matthews Ben McDonald Oddibe McDowell Dave Magadan Rick Monday Keith Moreland John Olerud Tom Paciorek Rafael Palmeiro Rick Reichardt Roy Smalley III Phil Stephenson Mickey Sullivan B. J. Surhoff Greg Swindell Derek Tatsuno Robin Ventura Frank Viola Tim Wallach Todd Walker Brad Wilkerson Dave Winfield Rich Wortham

Coaches

Bob Bennett Skip Bertman Robert Braddy Chuck Brayton Jim Brock Ed Cheff Rod Dedeaux Bibb Falk Ron Fraser Augie Garrido Gordie Gillespie Wayne Graham Cliff Gustafson Larry Hays Bill Holowaty Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Wally Kincaid Jerry Kindall Demie Mainieri Ron Polk Frank Sancet Don Schaly Dick Siebert Gene Stephenson Mickey Sullivan Tommy Thomas Bob Todd Gary Ward Bill Wilhelm John Winkin Bobby Winkles

Veterans

Jack Barry Owen Carroll Billy Disch Lou Gehrig Christy Mathewson Branch Rickey Jackie Robinson Joe Sewell George Sisler Charles Teague

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1984 Olympic Baseball
Baseball
Silver Medalists – United States
United States

Sid Akins Flavio Alfaro Don August Scott Bankhead Bob Caffrey Will Clark Mike Dunne Gary Green Chris Gwynn John Hoover Barry Larkin Shane Mack John Marzano Oddibe McDowell Mark McGwire Pat Pacillo Cory Snyder B. J. Surhoff Bill Swift Bobby Witt

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