Another close friend, current UM director of alumni programs Rick Remmert, was hired in 1980 by Fraser to head baseball promotions and marketing. The two stayed close for the rest of Frasers life.
Ron is the most significant person in college baseball history, Remmert said. His vision paved the way and his program showed the way, both on and off the field.
As good a coach and promoter as he was, he was even better as a friend.
What a man he was, what a loss this is.
Added Nick Belmonte, entering his 26th year broadcasting college baseball for networks such as ESPN, Sun Sports and Fox South: I feel gratitude every time I go on the air and understand that it was Coach Fraser that got networks interested in broadcasting college baseball.
Yes its a sad day for college baseball, losing the man that made it mainstream due to his vision. I salute the Wizard, may he rest in peace.
Fraser coached his final game at Mark Light on Monday, May 25, 1992 a 5-1 victory over Notre Dame that propelled the Hurricanes to the College World Series. He jogged out from the dugout in the eighth inning, receiving a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute. Nearly 5,000 fans came to see him, with about 500 more watching through the chain-link outfield fence.
If you come away understanding nothing else about Monday night, Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard wrote that night, please understand this: Mark Light Stadium will not be the same without Ron Fraser.
Fraser is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karen; daughters Cynthia Fraser Beahn of Davie, Lynda Fraser Poorman of Weston and Elizabeth Fraser Kraut of Weston; and grandchildren Kyle and Amanda Gonzales, Michael Fraser Poorman and Andrew and Brett Kraut.