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The main reason for Austin Slam Baseball was, and still is, to train and develop players to attain their next level of baseball whether that be playing at the High School, College or Professional level. During both the Summer and Fall we help expose our high school aged players to college coaches and professional scouts. The success of the program speaks for itself with over 400 student athletes having received college scholarships and many having played professional baseball. Fifteen (16) Austin Slam athletes have played at the Major League level!! (Please view our Alumni section of the website to see the many names of players and what colleges, or professional teams, they have played for.)
Tommy Boggs started the Austin Slam Baseball Program in 1986 when he retired from Major League Baseball. He played professionally for 13 years and pitched for the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers for almost 7 years at the Major League level.
Upon retirement from professional baseball Mr. Boggs was interested in giving younger athletes the avenue to pursue their baseball dreams as well. He realized that there was a need to promote the Austin area athletes. He began to form a "select group" of elite high school players who could travel and play top teams out of the Central Texas areas. This allowed the players the opportunity to get noticed by Central Texas' college and professional scouts and to better their playing skills against stronger competition.
Hence, Tommy Boggs began what is now known as "Select Baseball" in the Austin area in the late 1980s. In the beginning he took a lot of heat for taking many of the elite players from the various leagues. Still, he stood firm against all the others in his determination to promote top-notch baseball in the Central Texas area.
Ron Toenjes soon joined him in the quest to promote the sport and the area athletes. The duo took teams to many tournaments throughout the state and even taught the kids how to "travel" with a team which was something many of them would soon do at the College level. They taught them that if you were not in the lobby at a certain time, then you would be left behind. This was a tough but very valuable lesson learned by several athletes, but it was something that prepared them for the College ranks.
The first team was Austin Slam Baseball. Tommy was running a baseball batting cage facility with the name of Grand Slam so this is where the Slam name originated. After a few years a second team was formed to allow more players the same opportunities. Originally this team was the Rangers. Soon the two teams were renamed the Austin Slam Sox and the Austin Slam Senators.
Before long an even younger team was formed which became the Austin Slam Braves. The teams were later divided into age groups when the Austin Slam Angels were assembled.
As the years went by additional teams were formed at younger age levels. Each with the same purpose: to teach the fundamentals of baseball, give the athletes the opportunity to better their playing skills by participating in a large quantity of games against better competition, to learn to travel properly and most of all to respect the game of baseball and all that it provides.
We are very proud of the accomplishments of Austin Slam Baseball. We have had many qualified coaches join our staff through the years. Many of our coaches are Austin Slam Alumni who enjoyed their experiences through playing with Austin Slam Baseball and wanted to teach the same ideals to the younger athletes.
There is something to be said for the people who choose to enrich the lives of others.
Tommy Boggs had a vision to promote baseball in the Austin area many years ago — we believe his hard work and determination have done just that. Not only through our organization but by the growth of "select baseball" as a whole in Central Texas. For his baseball accomplishments Tommy was awarded the "Jackie Moore Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Round Rock Express Banquet in February 2008.
We invite you to become a part of Austin Slam Baseball and share our love for the game!