2011 NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame Class AnnouncedJanuary 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 24, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame class has been released by the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association.
This year's class includes former Monroe Community College (N.Y.) player and head coach Dudley Bailey, former New Mexico Junior College (N.M.) head coach Ray Birmingham, Jr. and current head coach Tom Frizzell, Sr. of Massasoit Community College (Mass.). The 2011 class also includes longtime NJCAA Division I World Series Tournament Chair and volunteer Jamie Hamilton of Grand Junction, Colo.
Dudley "Skip" Bailey
Dudley "Skip" Bailey has enjoyed a successful career as player, head coach and administrator at Monroe Community College. As head coach from 1996 to 2007, `Skip' finished with a record of 451-204. During his 12 seasons at Monroe, Bailey was named East District Coach of the Year (2007) and Region III Coach of the Year on several occasions (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007). His teams won six Region 3 Championships and his 2007 squad advanced to the 2007 NJCAA Division II World Series. He was named to the Monroe Community College Hall of Fame in 1991.
In his spare time, Bailey participates as a Youth Clinic lecturer and is the director of the Midwest Baseball Academy.
Ray Birmingham, Jr.
Ray Birmingham, Jr. heads to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame after 19 successful seasons as head coach at New Mexico Junior College. During his 19 seasons he amassed a career mark of 765-255-2. He was named the WJCAC Coach of the Year several times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005 - 2007), Region 5 Coach of the Year twice (2005, 2007) and was crowned the NJCAA Division I Coach of the Year in 2005. He guided the Thunderbirds to six conference titles, two Region 5 Championships and two appearances at the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series where his clubs finished as national champions in 2005 and runner-up in 2007.
At NMJC `Coach B' consistently had the Thunderbirds as one of the top hitting clubs in the nation each year. In 2001 his team set the NJCAA record for team batting average (.438).
Birmingham served on the NJCAA Region 5 baseball committee, was the director of the Region 5/Southwest District tournament and helped coordinate the annual Region 5 All-Star Game. He also twice served as an assistant on NJCAA All-Star teams (2004, 2007).
Off the field he has given his time and energy to non-profit organizations like the United Way, Boys Club of America, Special Olympics and Toys for Tots. He also led his Thunderbird teams as honorary coaches in the Challenger Program at the NJCAA DI JUCO World Series.
Tom Frizzell, Sr.
Tom Frizzell, Sr. has put in 20 years as the head coach at Massasoit Community College and his 594-241 record proves he has what it takes to be successful. Frizzell has led his teams to nine conference championships, eight regional championships, and five district championships over his tenure. He guided Massasoit to two NJCAA Division II World Series appearances (1993, 1995) where his team won a national title and also three appearances at the Division III World Series (2004, 2005, and 2007). He has coached 20 NJCAA All-Americans and saw 120 players continue on to four-year institutions.
Being part of the NJCAA and his community is important to Frizzell and he has shown it through his action over the last two decades. He served on the NJCAA Region 21 Baseball Committee from 1991 to 1995 and was the Director of the Brockton Invitational Tryout Camp from 1980 to 2007, as well as the Vice President of the Brockton Pony/Colt League for more than 20 years. His dedication to his community earned him the "Man of the Year" by the Brockton Boys and Girls Club in 1993.
Since 1986 the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series, held in Grand Junction, Colo., has benefited greatly from the service of Jamie Hamilton. His hard work, dedication and commitment to the NJCAA led the JUCO World Series in becoming one of the best championship baseball events in the United States.
Hamilton signed as a free agent with the California Angels and played with the Golden West Baseball Club until 1982. Following his career as a player, he became an assistant baseball coach at Mesa State from 1982-85. From 1988-1993 he was an infield instructor for the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system and held the same position for the Chicago Cubs in 1995.
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