‘Celebration of Life’ for Ron Fraser to highlight Miami Hurricanes baseball weekend series

The No. 20 Miami Hurricanes go into a three-game home series against University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Friday with a four-game winning streak – including a 5-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday at Florida Atlantic.

But the weekend’s highlight appears to be the “Celebration of Life” ceremony Saturday that will commemorate former UM baseball coach and national legend Ron Fraser.

Fraser died last month after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The event is free to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Knight Sports Complex on the UM campus. Seating is limited, and doors open at 3 p.m.

The Hurricanes suggest casual attire for the event, which will be followed by the baseball game down the street at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

UM announced this week that the event will include special video messages from former UM football coach Jimmy Johnson, former Major League pitcher Jim Abbott and former Miami Beach High baseball coach and UM assistant Skip Bertman, who won five national championships while coaching LSU.

The Celebration of Life speakers will be Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, former UM football coach Howard Schnellenberger and ESPN broadcaster Hank Goldberg.

To purchase tickets to Saturday’s game where UM has planned activities to raise funds for a bronze statue of Fraser, visit or call 305-284-2263.

• In other UM baseball news, the Associated Press reported late Wednesday that the entire University of Miami baseball team passed a test for performance-enhancing drug usage, including human growth hormone.

Chris Freet, the UM associate athletic director for communication and marketing, said he could not confirm the report and UM will not comment until its internal review of the baseball program is complete.

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