NJCAA hall call humbles Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton has served as the tournament chairman of the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series since 2003.

He’s been involved with the tournament since 1986, and this summer, he’ll be recognized for his efforts by his induction into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I’m humbled to think I get recognized for the work that hundreds of volunteers do in Grand Junction,” Hamilton said Monday.

“I go around to different things and have people tell me what a great job we do, and the fact I get to be the face is a little embarrassing, thinking about all the hard work everyone does.”

Hamilton was the co-director of tournament play from 1986-2003, and his efforts have led to increased exposure of the event through the Internet, radio and television. He’s also spearheading the renovation of Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field, which will begin after this year’s tournament.

Hamilton was inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Joining Hamilton in the 2011 class are former New Mexico Junior College coach Ray Birmingham, Monroe (N.Y.) Community College’s Dudley “Skip” Bailey and Massasoit (Mass.) Community College’s Tom Frizzell, Sr.

Birmingham is now the head coach at the University of New Mexico, but amassed a 765-255-2 record during his 19 years at the junior college.

The Thunderbirds qualified for JUCO twice under Birmingham, winning the title in 2005 and finishing second in 2007.

Birmingham also led the effort to build a new baseball field at New Mexico Junior College.

Bailey is being inducted for his role as a player, head coach and administrator at Monroe Community College.

Bailey helped the Tribunes to the 1976 JUCO World Series as a player before transferring to the University of Colorado, where he was named an All-Big 8 honoree in 1978.

Bailey served as head coach at Monroe from 1996 to 2007, compiling a record of 451-204, and advanced to the 2007 NJCAA Division II World Series.

Bailey is the athletic director at Monroe.

Frizzell is still the head coach at Massasoit, and has a 594-241 overall record. He has guided Massasoit to nine conference championships, eight regional championships and five district titles.

Frizzell, in his 20th season, has been to the Division II World Series twice (1993, 1995) and the Division III World Series three times (2004, 2005, 2007).

The four men will be inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame at the JUCO banquet on May 27. The 2011 JUCO World Series begins on May 28.

The College of Southern Nevada announced Monday it will retire Bryce Harper’s No. 34 jersey this season. Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 baseball draft, shattered numerous school records in only one year at Southern Nevada.

The school is also retiring the jerseys of former coach Tim Chambers (No. 11) and pitcher Mike Dunn (No. 44).


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