2017 NABF Awards

Man of the Year Award

Mike Rupert, Battle Creek, MI
For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association and the Battle Creek NABF Blackburn Major Division World Series.

Man of the Year Award

Ike Ranger, Battle Creek, MI                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the South Michigan Amateur Baseball Association and the Battle Creek NABF Blackburn Major Division World Series.

Woman of the Year Award

Nancy Mikos, Canfield, OH
For her unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Cincinnati NABF Major Division Regional Tournament.

Ronald E. McMinn Award

Sam Hamstra, Jr., Downers Grove, IL                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To honor his significant contributions, lifelong dedication and unselfish support of amateur baseball in his community, and the promotion and perpetuation of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.                                                           

NABF Award of Merit

Jim Kosmerick, Grand Blanc, MI
To honor his dedication and service for his support of amateur baseball throughout the state of Michigan, as well as his ability to sustain a continual operation of amateur baseball at the College and Major levels through the National Amateur Baseball Federation. 

NABF John Benedict Sports Journalism Award

Art Frith, Nashville, MI
For outstanding photographic coverage of the NABF Major Division World Series, as well as for his photography of local sporting events in the greater Battle Creek area.

Appreciation Awards

1. NABF Appreciation Award 2017

ROOKIE DIVISION & FRESHMAN DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                              Presented to Rockland Baseball Association as host of the 2017 NABF Rookie Division & Freshman Division National Championship Series, Charles “Chuck” Avery, Tournament Director, New City, New York

2. NABF Appreciation Award 2107

SOPHOMORE DIVISION & SENIOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                              Presented to Youngstown Class B Baseball League as host of the 2017 NABF Sophomore Division & Senior Division National Championship Series, Scott Ruark, Tournament Director, Struthers, Ohio

3. NABF Appreciation Award 2017

JUNIOR DIVISION & COLLEGE DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                          Presented to the City of Toledo and the Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Federation as host of the 2017 Junior Division & College Division National Championship Series, Aaron Myers and Shawn Sobel, Tournament Directors, Toledo, Ohio

4. NABF Appreciation Award 2017

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                              Presented to the Mississippi NABF as host of the 2017 NABF High School Division National Championship Series, Derek Topik, Tournament Director, Jackson, Mississippi

5. NABF Appreciation Award 2017

MAJOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                           Presented to Battle Creek Parks and Recreation as the host of the 2017 Blackburn Major Division National Championship Series, Terry Newton, Tournament Director, Battle Creek, Michigan

6. NABF Appreciation Award 2017                                                                  

 15 YEARS OLD & UNDER AGE DIVISION NATIONAL CLASSICS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES                                                                                             Presented to the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League & Devil Cats Baseball as the hosts of the 2017 15 Years Old & Under National Classics Championship Series, Lance Maxon, Tournament Director, Troy, New York

7. NABF Appreciation Award 2017

ANNUAL MEETING HOST
Presented to the Chicago Suburban Baseball League as host of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the National Amateur Baseball Federation, November 11th, 2017. Sam Hamstra, Jr., President

2017 Individual Recognition Awards

Graduate of the Year 
James Anthony "Jay" Happ, Toronto Blue Jays

2017 NABF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS                                                                                                                                    Collin Affolder, Portland Rockets/Heartland League, attending Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana

David Hamrick, Jr., Diamond League, attending Wittenberg University in Uniontown, Ohio

Christopher Neuhaus, Metropolitan Baseball League, attending Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Scott Seymour, Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Foundation, The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

John David Topik, Mississippi NABF, Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi

Annie Newton, Battle Creek City League, attending Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan                                                                                                                                  (recipient of the inaugural Rebecca Blackburn scholarship award)