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Hassey's swan song

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Ron Hassey won a National Championship with UA Baseball in 1976. Ron Hassey won a National Championship with UA Baseball in 1976.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Ron Hassey's long run in professional baseball appears to be coming to an end.

The Tucson native said Friday night at Kino Stadium that this is likely his final season in the game he has called home as a professional for 34 of the last 37 years.

Hassey is managing in his hometown for the first time as the skipper of the New Orleans Zephyrs. It's his second season with the Miami Marlins Triple-A club.

If this is it for the 60-year old what a ride it has been.

Hassey won a state championship at Tucson High School in 1972. The Badgers went undefeated that season at 25-0 and are the last Arizona prep state champion to go through an entire season without a loss.

He was a part of Jerry Kindall's first recruiting class at UA and twice led the Wildcats in RBI (1974 and 1976). Hassey's 86 RBI in 1974 still stand as the most all-time in a single season.

But it's 1976 that stands out. Hassey and the Wildcats came through the losers bracket at the College World Series to win the school's first National Championship, avenging a loss to rival Arizona State in the process.

Hassey hit .266 in 14 big league seasons mostly as a backup catcher.

He did catch two perfect games in his career (1981 Len Barker and 1991 Dennis Martinez). He remains the only catcher in Major League Baseball to accomplish that feat.

Hassey still lives in Tucson. His son Brad played professionally after having a standout career at Salpointe Catholic High School and UA.

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