Blankmeyer Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame|
Jan. 7, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The winningest coach in St. John’s history and the most successful skipper in the 30-plus year history of the BIG EAST conference, Ed Blankmeyer was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday night at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.
The owner of 758 victories and a .622 career winning percentage, Blankmeyer became the third St. John’s coach inducted into the ABCA Hall, joining his predecessors Jack Kaiser and Joe Russo.
“In February of 1996, Ed Manetta hired me to become the head baseball coach at St. John’s University,” Blankmeyer said during his acceptance speech. “The first person to congratulate me and welcome me to St. John’s was none other than Jack Kaiser, one of the founding fathers of the BIG EAST, Hall of Fame coach, former chairman of the board, and cherished member of our association. He has done so much for St. John’s, as well as being a very special person to many of us here tonight. He couldn’t attend this evening, but I wanted to personally thank him for all he has done for me.”
One of the nation’s most consistently successful programs, St. John’s has had only three head coaches since 1956. All three are now Hall of Famers.
Blankmeyer, a seven-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, also joined the ranks of his father-in-law and former mentor as a player and assistant coach at Seton Hall, Mike Sheppard, who was inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dozens of former Blankmeyer’s players and staff members attended the induction ceremony, a true testament to the lasting effect of Blankmeyer’s impact both on and off the diamond.
After thanking his family, including former Red Storm standout, Ty, and his wife, Susan, in attendance, Blankmeyer closed out his acceptance speech by reflecting on his life in baseball.
“Baseball has given me a lot to be thankful for,” he said. “It’s given me a livelihood and I haven’t worked a day in my life. It’s provided me with great friends, and most of all it has taught me a lot about life, relationships and what is truly important. I am blessed to be able to coach this great game.”