February 22, 2005
McClintock High School will honor former coach Jim Merrick on Wednesday by dedicating its baseball field in his name before the Chargers’ season opener against Prescott.
"Baseball is a game of statistics and numbers, but Jim Merrick has done a lot of things that have meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people that aren’t measured statistically," McClintock coach Harold Bull said. "I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this than Jim."
Merrick was the baseball coach at McClintock from 1972 through 1999, compiling a 405-324 record and winning the state title in 1985.
The ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Merrick has been involved in baseball all his life, first as a standout high school pitcher in California. The left-hander earned a scholarship to ASU, where he helped the Sun Devils win their first national championship in 1965. Merrick, 13-2 that season, was the winning pitcher in the championship game at Omaha, Neb.
He played and managed professionally in the Minnesota Twins’ organization from 1965-70 and has served as a pitching coach in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization. He currently is a pitching coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
He was named prep coach of the year in Arizona in 1984 and 1985 and was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.