At season’s end, he was named to the Freshman All-America Team, and was honored as ACC Rookie of the Year.
Late in the season, Nomar wowed Miami coach Ron Fraser.
Fraser had already picked the team he planned to take to Barcelona to the Olympics, but urged Nomar to attend a walk-on camp that summer.
Nomar outshone 100 other college stars to become the first true freshman ever to suit up for Team USA.
Add a handful of twitches and tics—and an intensity level that’s off the charts—and you have one of the most ideosyncratic stars in all of sports. There, after a rash of injuries, he is making himself into a corner infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and hoping to prove "reinvention" is also in his vocabulary. Ramon was born in Mexico, where he grew up on a steady diet of baseball.
These are the four things Nomar Garciaparra must have in his life.
He quickly became the stud of the baseball and soccer teams, and was also the kicker on the football team. As the years passed, it became clear that baseball would be Nomar’s ticket.
College and pro scouts were watching him regularly by the time he was a junior, and after a stellar senior season he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers Among Nomar’s scholarship offers were ones from UCLA and Georgia Tech.
For her professional accomplishments, Hamm was named player of the year in 20 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), one of FIFA's 125 top living players, and was a nearly unanimous selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in February 2007.
Hamm, who resides in Los Angeles, married Major League Baseball shortstop Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 and gave birth to twin girls in 2007.
She was born with a partial club foot that required her to wear casts for two years until it was corrected.