Barry Zito - San Francisco Giants pitcher - Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Pierce College alumnus Barry Zito was named the starting pitcher for the San Franciso Giants for Game 1 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers and he and the Giants won Game 1, 8-3, on their way to a four-game sweep and the 2012 World Series title. Zito graduated from University High School in San Diego in 1996 and was all-league in baseball as a senior. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara as a freshman, earning Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball magazine by virtue of striking out 123 batters in 85.1 innings. But he transferred to Los Angeles Pierce College as a sophomore, garnering all-conference and All-State accolades, going 9-2 with 2.62 earned run average and 135 strikeouts in 103 innings.
Zito then transferred to the University of Southern California as junior and was First Team All-American by national publications USA Today Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of Year after posting a 12-3 record with 3.28 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 113.2 innings for the Trojans.
Zito won the 2002 American League Cy Young Award with the Oakland Athletics after a 23-5 season and a 2.75 ERA and 182 strikeouts.
He has long been extremely active in community endeavors and was tabbed Baseball's No. 1 "Good Guy" in 2006 by The Sporting News. He also has been the recipient of Dave Stewart Community Service Award and has been a finalist for both Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award and Marvin Miller Man of Year Award, both of which recognize excellence in community service. Zito was the Giants' 2009 Roberto Clemente Award nominee and was Giants' nominee for Branch Rickey Award, which recognizes major leaguers for exceptional community service. He is affiliated with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Zito is an accomplished guitar player and often sits in with his sister's band, "The Sally Zito Band." Their father, Joseph Zito, was Nat King Cole's music arranger and the conductor of Cole's band.
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