CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami lost one of its legends Sunday.
Ron Fraser, Hurricanes baseball coach from 1963-92, passed away, his family announced. He was 79.
Fraser won College World Series titles in 1982 and '85 and 1,271 games. The school announced in October it was establishing the Ron Fraser Wizard Fund and would build a bronze statue in his honor.
In 2006, Fraser was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Before coming to Miami, Fraser played two seasons at Florida State.
"Personally, I am very excited about this because Coach Fraser is the most influential person in my career and the man who put college baseball on the map," UM baseball coach Jim Morris said in a news release announcing the Fraser fund. "He is like a father to me, and I encourage Hurricane fans and college baseball fans to join me in making a contribution."