Twice baseball's number-one draft pick, the intelligent catcher opted for pre-med
studies in 1971, then accepted a six-figure bonus from the Angels upon graduation.
However, he damaged his throwing arm early, and saw only limited ML action as a DH
and first baseman.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 8, 1971: Danny Goodwin is chosen as the first player in the June draft and turns down a reported $50,000 offer from the White Sox to attend Southern University. He will be chosen number one again in 1975. The Sox fail to sign 10 of their 14 picks. The Padres select P Jay Franklin with the 2nd pick. The Expos use the 4th overall pick to take 17-year-old SS Condredge Holloway, who never does play pro baseball, opting after college to play 13 seasons in the CFL. Future MVP Keith Hernandez lasts until the 42nd round (Cards). The Senators pick Dartmouth's Pete Broberg and he bypasses the minors to make his ML debut on June 20th. Other selections to jump right to the majors are the U of Texas Burt Hooton (Cubs, June 17) and MSU's Rob Ellis (Brewers, June 18).
»June 4, 1975: Danny Goodwin, picked first in the June 1971 free-agent draft, is picked first again, this time by the Angels. The next four picks fail to make the major leagues. Montreal finally picks Andre Dawson on the 10th round, the Dodgers picking pitcher Dave Stewart in the 16th, and the Braves take Glenn Hubbard in the 20th.