Led Stoneman Douglas HS (Parkland, Fla.) to a 35-4 record in 2022
World Series Park of Saugus Supt. Bob Davis will be honored with Ebbett Award by MBCA on Saturday
The Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) is hosting its 56th Annual Convention, which includes a two-day speakers program/clinic and the Annual Hall of Fame induction and banquet, on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2023.
Headlining the event, which is open to all high school, college, travel baseball and youth coaches as well as members of the public, is Coach Todd FitzGerald, head coach of the reigning #1-ranked high school baseball team in the nation, Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Fla.
Stoneman Douglas finished the 2022 spring season at 30-2 and were Florida 7A State Champions and National Champions by virtue of their #1 National Ranking by the National High School Baseball Association (NHSBCA) and Baseball America.
The event will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023. The instructional speakers agenda, featuring 13, 50-minute speaker presentations, will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 9-3:30 Saturday. The topics cover “all the bases” in baseball today. The agenda is accessible at the MBCA website, www.massbca.com
In addition to Coach FitzGerald, other noted speakers include: Boston College Head Coach Mike Gambino, Holy Cross Head Coach Ed Kahovec, Northeastern Assistant Coach Nick Puccio, Boston College Assistant Coach Greg Sullivan, MIT Assistant Coach Todd Carroll, Concordia University Head Coach Mark “Lunch” McKenzie, Wheaton College Assistant Coach Pete Pasquarosa, Joe O’Connor, director of Advanced Physical Therapy and NHSBCA Director and Hall of Famer Tim Saunders, from Ohio.
The MBCA Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, January at Four Points in Wakefield at 6:00 p.m. Inductees for 2023 will be:
Dennis Baker (Bellingham HS, Ret.)
Tom Brassil (Holyoke HS, Ret.)
Gerard Lambert (Xaverian Bros. HS)
Mike O’Keefe (Chelmsford HS, Ret.)
Registration is just $80 for the entire two-day clinic and tickets are $50 for the Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony. One-day registrations for the clinic for a reduced rate are also available.
For registration for the speakers’ clinic or to purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet, go to massbca.com for online ordering. For questions or more information contact Steve Freker at:email@example.com
World Series Supt. Bob Davis of Saugus will be honored with Ebbett Award, a major honor from MBCA
Two gentlemen who have become icons in their hometowns because of the time and work they have done to promote baseball in their respective communities will be honored with a major award by the MBCA at Saturday evening’s Hall of Fame banquet.
Bob Davis of Saugus is one of two honorees who will receive an MBCA 2023 Fred Ebbett Award.
Mr. Ebbett did tireless work as one of the founders of the MBCA in the 1960s and 1970s and served over 20 years as the organization’s first Secretary-Treasurer. Ten years ago, an award was named in his honor to recognize outstanding contributions to baseball in Massachusetts communities.
Bob Davis has been the man behind the construction, maintenance and improvement of World Series Park in Saugus since its creation in 2004.
It was built solely on the contributions of Saugus residents and surrounding groups and businesses to honor the spirit of the 2003 Saugus American Little League team, which made it all the way to the U.S, Championship final game before falling to Boynton Beach, Fla. in that game,
Back then, the town needed another baseball diamond to maximize the ongoing development of this talented crop of ballplayers. Bob was on the committee for the involved in the initial construction, and has been superintendent ever since.
Along the way, he has continued to spearhead improvements to the field, including a scoreboard, fieldhouse, dugouts, a batting cage and most recently, the installation of lights. All the while, he has maintained the field meticulously.
Those who use World Series Park, including the hometown team Saugus High School Sachems, are treated to a top-notch field, immaculate dugouts and amenities and an overall great atmosphere.
World Series Park has hosted everything from Babe Ruth State Tournaments to Special Olympics and Bob’s tireless efforts, all time spent as a volunteer, to provide the best for ballplayers and visitors from around the state, certainly make Bob a fine choice for the Ebbett Award,
“Bob Davis is a household word in Saugus and throughout the North Shore region for all he has done to help create then grow World Series Park into the showcase ballpark that it has become,” said Coach Steve Freker, who was head coach of Saugus High from 2014-2016, and who serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Mass, Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA). Coach Freker nominated Bob for the Ebbett Award in November and Mr. Davis was a unanimous selectee.