Legendary GJ baseball coach Fanning dies

Bill Fanning, who won three state championships and 467 games over a 35-year career as Grand Junction High School’s baseball coach, passed away this morning. He was 91.

Fanning’s teams won the 1961, 1962 and 1976 state championships, and won 43 consecutive games spanning the ‘61 and ‘62 seasons. The 1962 team went undefeated.

The high school renamed its practice facility Bill Fanning Field, and the annual season opening prep baseball tournament is named the Bill Fanning Classic in his honor. He’s a member of numerous halls of fame, including the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Colorado Living Legends, the Colorado High School Activities Association, Colorado High School Coaches Hall of fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Hundreds of former players, colleagues and friends helped Fanning celebrate his 90th birthday in July 2011 at the Blue Moon Bar and Grille.

Read more about Fanning in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel. Services are pending.


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