Tony V. Woods '79
Tony V. Woods '79
BASKETBALL / FOOTBALL / BASEBALL
When Tony Woods arrived at Stevenson as a sophomore from Oakland, he was 5’ 5” tall; by his senior year, he stood 6’ 2”. His impact on the sports program was immeasurable from his first day on the junior varsity football team. He then established himself as a varsity starter on the basketball and baseball teams. As a junior, he was All MTAL in both basketball and baseball and was the MVP in baseball. In his senior year he joined Burdix and Ware on the basketball team, winning 25 games before losing two games in the CCS playoffs, and was named All NorCal. As a senior in baseball he was the team MVP, All MTAL, and All CCS.
After Stevenson, Tony played three years of baseball at Whittier College. He earned NCAA Division III All American First Team status all three years. As a result he was a first round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 1982 draft. He played a total of eight years in minor leagues, including three years of AAA ball and three years on Major League rosters. His early business career was spent as general manager at the St. Francis Hotel, Hotel Nikko, and Hotel Miyako in San Francisco’s Japan Town. He currently works in the automotive business. Tony has worked with Bip Roberts for many years staging free baseball clinics for local youth in Napa, Concord, Vallejo, and Fairfield.
My baseball career really got underway under the eye of Hamish Tyler, Dan Powers ’77, Brian Mignano ’73, Frank Incaviglia ’73, and Roger Stephens ’77. These upperclassmen didn't hesitate to welcome me, starting on the varsity team as a second baseman, and at shortstop when Dan was on the mound. This opportunity is exactly what I needed to grow as a player and person. Without the growth, there is no way I would have become the player or person that I have become.
I would like to tone it down a bit about my senior year on the basketball court. It’s true that I was one of the team MVPs, and one of the leading scorers on the team. But without Chris, Ezra, Frank Black ’79, Dave Drummond ’81, Roosevelt Travis ’79, and Kevin Glenn ’80 (along with a host of underclassmen affectionately named the "Animals"), it wouldn't have been such a memorable season. You have to remember that when Chris, Ezra and I all arrived at Stevenson as sophomores, we had a rough couple of years as far as winning goes on the basketball court, so we finished a bunch of games under .500.
As seniors, we were blessed with the arrival of super soph Dave Drummond, who seemed to fit like a glove with the team. We went on to win our first 25 games and bring home the first SCIAC championship to RLS. Those memories will always be with me, and being inducted with Ezra and Chris means more to me than anyone could ever know. Even being drafted in the first round by the Chicago Cubs, which was a wonderful honor, fails in comparison to the feelings I have being inducted to the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame with two of my lifelong buddies. Thank you again. I would also like to thank Wally Goodwin, Coach Jason Harbert, and Coach Lou Young for all the support and encouragement.