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Fraser took Miami to another national title in 1985, and wound up leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times over his 30 years at the school. He retired in 1992 with 1,271 wins.

But his biggest victories came through his promotion of the college game.

“I was more interested in getting the people in the stands,” Fraser once said, “because I knew we’d never be really successful unless we made money.”

Fraser also played a key role in getting baseball on national television. And now, the College World Series _ the entire NCAA tournament, really _ is a mainstay on TV, as are hundreds of regular-season games annually.

“Coach Fraser is the most influential person in my career and the man who put college baseball on the map,” current Miami coach Jim Morris said last year. “He is like a father to me.”

Ronald George Fraser was born and raised in New Jersey, then attended Florida State, where he’s a member of the Seminoles’ Hall of Fame.

His induction there really had very little to do with his athletic achievements in Tallahassee.

“Florida State University is proud to honor a former athlete who more recently has become a distinguished opponent,” read the text of his induction into that Hall of Fame in 1981. “A brilliant promoter and coach, he has advanced collegiate baseball at the University of Miami, across Florida and across the nation.”

That’s how well thought of Fraser was: The Seminoles put an arch rival in their Hall of Fame.

“Heck, he used to wash the baseballs in milk because he didn’t have enough money to buy the dozen or so baseballs he needed,” Martin said. “So, he’d wash them in milk and use it as a cleaner. … He was a character. And, he really was a guy who shared his knowledge with younger coaches.

“I’m going to miss him. He was a good man.”

After a stint leading the Dutch national team, Fraser took over at Miami in 1963 with a $2,200 salary, a converted shower for an office and a cow pasture for a field. He got the school’s attention in most unconventional way _ which seemed fitting for him. University officials said Sunday that Miami first noticed Fraser by his appearances on the television game show, “What’s My Line?”

“He was the person who put college baseball on the map _ not only in the crowds and the entertainment we see today, but in the competitiveness of the game itself,” Miami trustee Paul DiMare said. “It was all him.”

College baseball was not a revenue generating sport, even for successful programs, so Fraser got creative.

Giveaways, parachutists, whatever he could think of, it all was part of Fraser’s plan to entice more people to come see his team.

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