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Allegany College of Maryland's legendary head baseball coach, Steve Bazarnic, will be publicly recognized by the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County this year.
A new tradition began in our community six years ago. The Allegany County Commissioners honor an individual with ties to Allegany County who has contributed to the game of baseball and highlighted Allegany County in the process. This public recognition is typically scheduled for the opening day of the professional major league baseball season,
Coach Bazarnic will be honored after the completion of Allegany College of Maryland's baseball season. The County Commissioners will proclaim Monday, June 10, 2019, as Steve Bazarnic Day in Allegany County. Coach Bazarnic will be publicly recognized at the public business meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Complex, 701 Kelly Road – Allegany Room 100, Cumberland. All members of the general public, especially Coach Bazarnic's former players, are invited to attend. There is ample, free parking at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. There is a ramp to the main entrance, electric doors, and an elevator to all levels.
Bazarnic moved to Allegany County in 1971 and joined the faculty and staff of Allegany Community College. He became the head baseball coach in 1972 and began this stellar baseball program. He is the only person to have held this position, winning over 1,400 games.
Bazarnic has been inducted into three separate Halls of Fame: Maryland Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame – 1991, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame – 1996, and Region 20 Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame -- 2000. Under his leadership, Bazarnic's baseball teams have played in the Junior College World Series nine times. In his 42 seasons at the helm of the baseball program
Bazarnic has produced 53 draft picks or free agent signees including six players who have spent time in Major League Baseball (John Kruk, Stan Belinda, Steve Kline, Scott Sabol, Joe Beimel and Scott Patterson).
Bazarnic himself played short stop and third base for his alma mater, Pennsylvania State University, and was named Most Valuable Player his senior year. He earned a BS and MS there.
Bazarnic joins an esteemed group of individuals: The late Lefty Grove, a Lonaconing native and National Baseball Hall of Fame member, was honored in 2014. Bobby Robertson, a native son who played professional baseball for 11 years and was a member of the 1971 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, was honored in 2015. Leo Mazzone, who was raised in Allegany County and spent 40 years in professional baseball, was honored in 2016. Cumberland native Sam Perlozzo rose to become a player, coach, and manager in the major leagues was honored in 2017. Allegany County native Bucky Schriver was honored last year. This ardent community volunteer was the force behind the remembrance of the late Lefty Grove in Allegany County. On
June 22, 2019, the larger than life bronze statue of Lefty Grove will be unveiled in Lonaconing's new Lefty Grove Memorial Park. NOTE: The public recognition will be at the beginning of the public business meeting. Individuals are not expected to stay for the rest of the meeting.