The 10th Annual ALABCA First Pitch Dinner & Silent Auction, that benefits the Miracles Leagues of Alabama, featured 2018 National Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Morris. The dinner’s proceeds goes to the 13 active Miracle Leagues and 7 cities raising money to build Miracle Leagues fields throughout the state. This years dinner sold a record 28 tables (broke 23 mark set in 2018), which means more money can be given to the Miracle Leagues.
Reliving the start of his professional baseball career 42 years ago, 1976 in Montgomery. Jack Morris, center, looks back at his Montgomery Rebel team picture, as Montgomery Resident and former teammate Shelly Burnside points to the picture, while Ted Brazzell (far R), his bull pen catcher and Montgomery resident look on. Ron Jackson (far L), former Boston Red Sox and Birmingham resident enjoys the reminiscing.
The 24th Annual 2019 Coaches Convention attendees exceeds 400 for the third consecutive year! 412 Coaches attended the Convention this year. The past two years had the most attendees ever when 420 attended in 2018 and 450 attended in 2017.
Matt Deggs, Sam Houston State Head Baseball Coach, and one of the most sought after and inspirational speakers in the country, was a big hit with the coaches in telling his personal story of pain, suffering and redemption.
The 2018 AHSAA State Champion Coaches panel was another big hit this year.
Jerry Weinstein of the Colorado Rockies returned to speak at the ALABCA Convention after speaking in 2014. One of our country’s finest men in the game. His passion and knowledge of the game are second to none!
Franklin Bush, University of Montevallo assistant coach, gave two great talks, one on catching and one on hitting.
2019 Hall of Fame Class and Distinguished Service Award Recipients pictured here at the Press Conference held before the Awards Banquet on the Friday night of the Convention. L to R: 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees – Ron Muir (Son in Law of Deceased Hall of Fame Honoree Harry Walker of UAB), Adam Thomas (Chattahoochee Valley Community College), Terry Adkins (Edgewood Academy) & Eddie Varnadore (Sylacauga High School). 2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipients – Lou Thornton (ALABCA Speaker and Supporter) and Sandy Jones (Dixie Baseball)
The ALABCA is going back and honoring past Hall of Fame Classes and Distinguished Service Award Recipients with a nice plaque and ring for the classes who didn’t receive those items when they were honored, due to the lack of ALABCA funds available at the time. Members of the 2002 – 2005 honorees pictured above were honored at this past awards banquet.
Matt Cimo (M), Auburn High School Head Baseball Coach, received the prestigious Sammy Dunn Memorial Award. Given to the 1A – 7A AHSAA State Champion Coach who had an exemplary season. Pictured L – R: Barry Dean (ALABCA Executive Director), Casey Dunn (Son of Sammy, Head Baseball Coach at Samford U), Coach Cimo (7A Champion), Linda Dunn (Sammy’s Wife) and Morris Phillips (ALABCA Awards Banquet Director/Fayetteville HS Head Baseball Coach)
1A – 7A AHSAA State Champion Head Baseball Coaches were honored at the Awards Banquet. L – R: Talley Haines (Mobile Christian, 3A), Drew Miller (GW Long, 2A), Tyler Dent (Andalusia, 4A) Matt Seymour (Faith Academy, 5A), Frankie Perez (Hazel Green, 6A) Matt Cimo (Auburn, 7A), Morris Phillips (ALABCA Awards Banquet Director/Fayetteville HS Head Baseball Coach), Barry Dean (ALABCA Executive Director), Alvin Briggs (AHSAA – Associate Executive Director) &
Jamie Lee (AHSAA – Director, AHSAD&CA)