One annual rite of spring for Ron Fraser's Miami Hurricanes was an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Before one such meeting in the days when Miami Stadium was the Orioles' spring training home, Fraser summoned his third baseman.
"Coach Fraser said, 'Hey Pags, you're having a little trouble with the bunt play. Go talk to that guy over there' ...Brooks Robinson," Mike Pagliarulo said Sunday night after learning of Fraser death earlier in the day.
"I talked to Brooks and in one day he teaches me how to make a bunt play. I was good at it ever since."
Pagliarulo enjoyed an 11-year major league career that included winning a World Series ring with the Minnesota Twins in 1991. The road to the majors for the Medford, Mass., product began in earnest when he decided to attend Miami (1978-81) to play for Fraser and assistant Skip Bertman, who went on to his own remarkable career as Louisiana State coach.
"The first thing Coach Fraser said to me when I got there was, 'Liste...