Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/20/13
Mike Martin remembers the head-to-head meetings with Ron Fraser well. The coaches faced off at least six times a year from 1980, when Martin was hired at Florida State, through Fraser's retirement at Miami after the 1992 season. Fraser held a 42-39-2 edge against Martin. "There were so many unbelievable games," Martin said. But 20 years after they last faced off on the diamond, what Martin remembers more is their friendship and Fraser's ability to market college baseball. Fraser passed away on Sunday at 79. "That man to me the one that is responsible for college baseball being what it is today," Martin said on Sunday. "He was an innovator. The best promoter our game has ever known. Ron Fraser was a special guy." Fraser was known for building Miami into a college baseball powerhouse, winning 1,271 games in Coral Gables from 1963-92. He also guided the Hurricanes to College World Series titles in 1982 and '85 and drew crowds with raffles, promotions and even served dinner on the...
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