The Babe Ruth International Board of Directors, at their annual meeting in November, unanimously elected Michael Janicki of Raynham, Massachusetts; Morris Lisbon, Jr. or Eagle Pass, Texas; and John Lucas of Tallahassee, Florida; into its International Hall of Fame. To be elected into the Hall of Fame, an individual or organization must have played a vital role in the development of the baseball and softball program for young people 4-18 years of age.
MICHAEL JANICKI began his affiliation with Babe Ruth League in 1984, serving as a coach for the Raynham Babe Ruth League. Mike went on to serve as the Vice President and President of the league, as well as a District and Assistant State Commissioner for Eastern Massachusetts. In 1987, Mike was elected the Cal Ripken State Commissioner for Eastern Massachusetts, a position he still holds today. In addition, Mike has served as Director for many state, regional and invitational tournaments for the New England Region, serves as the Regional Director for the Boston Red Sox Clinic, helps coordinate the annual Jimmy Fund raising funds for cancer research, as well as serves on the Babe Ruth League Alumni Association Board of Directors. Over the years Mike has received many honors, including being names the Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year in 2009.
MORRIS LISBON, JR. has contributed greatly to the South Texas Babe Ruth League program for over 30 years. His desire to help the youth of Eagle Pass, Texas and his love for Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball has resulted in a winning combination. Since Morris started in the local league, he has served in many different roles and always remained the "go-to" person whenever he was needed. Morris still remains the President of the Eagle Pass Babe Ruth League, serving for over three decades. In addition to that position, Morris has served as the acting South Texas State Commissioner. Morris was inducted into the Southwest Region Hall of Fame in 2005. As a successful business owner, Morris has always been generous to the financial needs of the local league and community. Recently, Morris made a $5,000 donation to the Babe Ruth League Alumni Association.
JOHN LUCAS first became involved with Babe Ruth League as a player in Sarasota, Florida, while in his teens. As a young adult, he became an umpire and soon became the booking agent for the league. He then joined the local league Board, eventually becoming a Vice President and then served as the President of the league for 20 years. It is important to note that John never had any boys of his own (he and his wife Marion have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters). John currently serves as Florida State Commissioner and has been in that role for 18 years. He has done wonders to improve and grow the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken programs in Florida. So much so, that Florida has been divided into two state organizations, and he continues to serve as State Commissioner for both. John is a retired school teacher and like most good men, has a wonderfully dedicated wife who has willingly given up her summers for more than 40 years to baseball. John is a very dedicated State Commissioner. He travels and meets with every District Commissioner and every League President on an annual basis. He also supports the Buddy Ball Program in Florida and has recently absorbed Babe Ruth Softball into his domain.
These dedicated gentlemen join more than 250 individuals and organizations who have earned the distinction of being inducted into the Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame.