2018 NABF Awards

Man of the Year Award

William "Butch" Bellenger, Lyndhurst, NJ

For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the Metropolitan Baseball League and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

Man of the Year Award

John Cannistra, Brooklyn, NY

For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the Parade Ground League and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

Man of the Year Award

Steve Leslie, Youngstown, OH

For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the Youngstown Class B Baseball League and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

Woman of the Year Award

Abbie Brennan, Battle Creek, MI

For her unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association and the National Amateur Baseball Federation's partnership with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.

Ronald E. McMinn Award

Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Foundation, Toledo, OH                                                                                                                                                                                 To honor the significant contributions, dedication and unselfish support of amateur baseball in the greater Toledo, Ohio area, and the promotion and perpetuation of the Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation League and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

Craig Meinzer, President                         Jeremy Petroff, Finance                   Chris Hardman, Vice President           Pat Eaken, Historian                         Tim Gerken, Secretary                               Steve Timofeev, Webmaster         Jeff Mielcarek, Marketing                       Ed Mouch, Baseball Advisor

                             

NABF Award of Merit

Joe Cooper, Marshall, MI

A true friend of amateur baseball.  We honor his many years of dedication and service for the support and promulgation of amateur baseball in the greater Michigan area and throughout the United States, having served as President of the Michigan Amateur Baseball Association and the American Amateur Baseball Congress and on the Board of Directors of USA Baseball.

NABF John Benedict Sports Journalism Award

Brook Colin Smith, Las Vegas, NV

For his outstanding coverage of NABF amateur baseball, as editor of the NABF publication "Behind the Seams", and specifically his coverage of NABF special events and activities including NABF National Tournaments for all age levels.

 

Appreciation Awards

ROOKIE DIVISION & FRESHMAN DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                              Presented to Rockland Baseball Association as host of the 2018 NABF Rookie Division & Freshman Division National Championship Series, Charles “Chuck” Avery, Tournament Director, New City, New York

SOPHOMORE DIVISION, JUNIOR DIVISION & SENIOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Presented to Youngstown Class B Baseball League as host of the 2018 NABF Sophomore Division, Junior Division & Senior Division National Championship Series, Scott Ruark, Tournament Director, Struthers, Ohio

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                          Presented to the Howard County Youth Program as host of the 2018 NABF High School Division National Championship Series, Joe D'Alonzo, Tournament Director, Ellicott City, Maryland

COLLEGE DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                       Presented to the City of Toledo and the Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Federation as host of the 2018 College Division National Championship Series, Craig Meinzer, Tournament Director, Toledo, Ohio

MAJOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presented to the City of Battle Creek and the South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association as the host of the 2018 Blackburn Major Division National Championship Series, Terry Newton, Tournament Director, Battle Creek, Michigan

ANNUAL MEETING HOST
                                                                                                                                   Presented to the South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association and the City of Battle Creek as hosts of the 104th Annual Meeting of the National Amateur Baseball Federation, November 10th, 2018.  Terry Newton, Host

 

2018 Individual Recognition Awards

Graduate of the Year 
Luke Gregerson, St. Louis Cardinals

2018 NABF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS                                                                                                                                    Jameson Campbell, Diamond League (OH), attending Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania

Kyle Dixon, Diamond League (OH), attending Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio

Alexander Jackson, Diamond League (OH), attending Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania

Paul Liccardi, Diamond League (OH), attending The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio