George Frazier, former major league pitcher with the New York Yankees, spoke to Connors State student-athletes, coaching staff in August as they began preparations for the upcoming season.
Frazier, who pitched in the major leagues from 1978-87, is a former television commentator for the Colorado Rockies organization.
The Tulsa resident told the student-athletes that “ they are not entitled, but that they owe Connors State College for a scholarship.
“It’s a privilege for you to play for Connors state,” said Frazier. “Think of all the kids that don’t have the opportunity you have.
“If you want to be successful, you have to set your standards high and work hard. When you walk out of your home, who do you represent?
“First you represent yourself, you represent your parents and now you represent Connors State.
“Every time you walk out of your house you represent Connors State and there’s nothing wrong with representing Connors State, I can tell you. I have been here many times,” said Frazier.
Another thing he stressed was “effort”
“Effort doesn’t take a day off,” said Frazier. “That’s important here at Connors State….effort.
“It’s effort that gets you to the next level and to running companies after graduation.
“It’s the effort that you give here at Connors will pay big dividends later on,” said Frazier.
Frazier made his major league debut in May 1978 with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing with St. Louis for three seasons. He joined the New York Yankees in 1981 and played three years with the Yankees.
He went on to play one season with Cleveland, three years with the Chicago Cubs and two years with Minnesota Twins,
Frazier appeared in two World Series, 1981 with the New York Yankees and in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins.
Frazier was drafted in the 13th round by the Texas Rangers but did not sign. He did sign with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976 in the 9th round and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.