One of the most prestigious events at the ABCA Convention is the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame Banquet, which is held on the Friday evening of the convention and features the induction ceremony for the ABCA Hall of Fame as well as the presentation of the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award.
The 2019 ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame Banquet took place in the Gaylord Texan on Friday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. The seven-member ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was announced on www.ABCAHallofFame.org in July. The Class of 2019 includes:
Joe Carbone, Ohio University
Gary "Bo" Collins, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Ron Davini, Corona del Sol High School (Ariz.)
Pat Doyle, San Joaquin Delta College (Calif.)
Dave Grant, Glendale Community College (Ariz.)
Steve Kittrell, University of South Alabama
Scott Pickler, Cypress College (Calif.)
The ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez is named after the great Lefty Gomez and is presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, national and internationally. The recipient of the 2019 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award was Jim Darby.
The ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and the 2020 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award recipient will be announced in July. The 2020 ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on January 3, 2020. Registration for the 2020 ABCA Convention, which will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, will open on September 1. Tickets to the Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Diamond will also be available for purchase beginning September 1. All tickets must be purchased in advanced -- no tickets will be sold on-site. Attendees to the banquet are requested to wear semi-formal attire.