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2018 NABF Awards

By NABF Office Staff, 01/02/19, 11:45AM EST

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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                                                                                                   Chris Hardman, Vice President                                                                                     Tim Gerken, Secretary                                                                                                         Jeff Mielcarek, Marketing                                                                                                 Jeremy Petroff, Finance                                                                                                     Pat Eaken, Historian                                                                                                            Steve Timofeev, Webmaster                                                                                          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.