Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented to a person who has proven himself/herself in service to amateur baseball and the ABCA, and whose actions and involvement have resulted in a notable impact on the sport. Service may include years of participation, administration, contribution, innovation, or exposure/advancement of amateur baseball through media coverage.

 

RECIPIENTS

2018:
Turn Two for Youth, the Official Charity of the ABCA (full story)

2017:

Mary Ellen Leicht, National Junior College Athletic Association (full story)

2016:
Mike Gustafson, College Baseball Foundation (full story)

2015:
Carma Brown, Challenger Baseball Program (full story )

2014:
Jim McElroy

2013:
Jim Callis, Baseball America
Merl Eberly, Eberly A's
Jim Quinlan, American Legion Baseball

2012:
Arnold Mycock, Cotuit Kettleers
Sal Varriale, Team Italy

2011:
Tom Bonekemper, Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League
Pete Caliendo, USA Baseball National Team
Giorgio Moretti, Italy Baseball
Jim Paronto, Mountain West Conference

2010:
No Meritorious Service Award presented this year

2009:
Ken Ravizza, Cal State Fullerton
Judy Scarafile, Cape Code League
Larry Templeton, Mississippi State University

2008:
Stephen Keener, Little League
Ron Tellefsen, Babe Ruth League
Mike Thompson, Rawlings Sporting Goods

2007:
Jesse Cuevas, Rosenblatt Stadium
Tom Glover, Glover Scorebooks
Andrea Gordon, Diamond Sports
Gerry Sedoo, Foothill (Calif.) High School

2006:
Dick Groch, Milwaukee Brewers
Abe Key, PONY Baseball
Betty Rulong, ABCA

2005:
John Daigle, USA Stadium
David Osinski, American Baseball Foundation
Paul Seiler, USA Baseball
Dave Yeast, NCAA

2004:
Jack Diesing, Jr., College World Series of Omaha, Inc.
Jack Hacker, Reedley College (Calif.)
Jack Payne, NCAA
John Wilkens, Minnesota State High School Baseball Association

2003:
Jim Lefebvre, Major League Baseball
Ron Mouzis, Victory Custom Athletic, Inc.
Lou Pavlovich, Jr., Collegiate Baseball
Jim Wright, NCAA

2002:
Jamie Hamilton, Home Loan Investment Company
Floyd Perry, Grounds Maintenance Services
Charles Roys, Springfield College (Mass.)
Robert Rulong, Central Michigan University

2001:
Frank Osborne, Washington State Baseball Coaches Association

2000:
Jim Hendry, Chicago Cubs
George E. Killian, NJCAA

1999:
John "Jack" Hillerich, III, Hillerich & Bradsby Company, Inc.
Paul "Sus" Susce, Worth, Inc.

1998:
Tom House, Major League Baseball
Dale Williams, Big West Conference

1997:
Jim Darby, Easton Sports

1996:
Julio Blanco-Herrera, Milwaukee Brewers

1995:
No Meritorious Service Award presented this year

1994:
Joe Cooper, American Amateur Baseball Congress
Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dennis Poppe, NCAA

1993:
Rex Bradley, Hillerich & Bradsby Company, Inc.
Dr. Bobby Brown, Major League Baseball
Jesse Heald, Worth, Inc.

1992:
Dr. Robert E. Smith, Greenville (Ill.) College

1991:
George Pfister, Major League Baseball

1990:
Bill Harrison, Vision Dynamics

1989:
Gene DaCosse, Wilson Sporting Goods
Vernon "Lefty" Gomez, Wilson Sporting Goods

1988:
Sy Berger, Topps Company, Inc.
Ernie Opperman, Wartburg College (Iowa)
Frank Ryan, Hillerich & Bradsby Company, Inc.

1987:
Gordon Gillespie, College of St. Francis (Ill.)
Pat Daugherty, Indian Hills Community College (Iowa)
Rose & Lou Pavlovich, Collegiate Baseball

1986:
Les Michael, Ohio Wesleyan University
Frank Prentup, University of Colorado
Louis "Rags" Scheurerman, Loyola University - New Orleans

1985:
Irv Ferguson, Colorado State University
Robert Garbark, Allegheny College (Pa.)
Joe Truske, Wayne State (Mich.)

1984:
Alex Hooks, Southern Methodist University (Texas)
Mickey McConnell, Warren Wilson College (N.C.)
Anthony Robinson, Jarvis Christian College (Texas)

1983:
Walter Kincaid, Cerritos College (Calif.)
W.J. Newman, Whittier College (Calif.)
George Powles, Skyline (Calif.) High School

1982:
Robert Coombs, Williams College (Mass.)
Bud Daniels, University of Wyoming
George Petro, University of New Mexico
Bob Winkles, Arizona State University

1981:
Tilden "Happy" Campbell, University of Alabama
Jack Horenberger, Illinois Wesleyan University
Irv Utz, Washington University

1980:
Abe Chanin, Collegiate Baseball
Dan MacFayden, Bowdoin College (Maine)
Vic Sorrell, University of North Carolina
Virgil Yelkin, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Turn Two for Youth

NOMINATIONS: Nominations may be submitted to the ABCA National Office by writing a letter about the accomplishments and accolades of the nominee. The ABCA staff will make recommendations, which are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. This award is not necessarily presented every year; only on special occasions to outstanding recipients.