OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — This week, the Wiregrass is holding for the first time the AAU National Championship.
Several venues in both Ozark and Dothan are holding games, and bringing the competition to southeast Alabama has been a dream of Wiregrass AAU Coach Sammy Frichter.
“Baseball teaches a lot of lessons in life … more in baseball than any other sport,” Frichter said. “It’s a lot of individualism when you get out there, but it’s a team sport.”
Baseball has been in Sammy’s veins since growing up in New Orleans in the 1950’s. He played baseball at South Alabama University but has left his mark coaching.
Frichter has led high school and college teams to state titles. He coached Wallace College to several titles in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Coach Frichter is an icon in baseball circles. This week, Auburn head baseball Coach Butch Thompson took part in the opening ceremonies of the AAU National Championship — the passing of the torch from one generation to the next.
“One of the biggest reasons why I’m here is when Sammy reached out,” Thompson said. “He taught the love for the game, and I’m the next generation carrying the torch.”
Enterprise State Community College baseball Coach Bubba Frichter continues the family tradition. Bubba credits his Dad for teaching thousands of young men like himself to play baseball but, more importantly, teaching them about respect and being a good citizen.
Coach Sammy Frichter in the dugout, that’s what’s good in the neighborhood this week.