A former Glynn Academy baseball standout who went on to collegiate success at the University of Georgia.
Minick, a shortstop and second baseman for the Red Terrors from 1957-60, finished his prep career with a .385 batting average. He received a baseball scholarship from Brewton-Parker College, playing two seasons at the Mount Vernon school which he helped to back-to-back state championships in the Georgia junior college ranks in the 1961 and 1962 seasons. Minick batted . 390 and .435 in his two seasons with the team.
He would go on to play his final two collegiate seasons at Georgia, lettering both years with the Bulldogs. Minick batted a team-high .333 in the 1963 season which was just 27 games. He also led UGA with 29 hits including an NCAA record seven triples. In his final season, which was just 20 games, he led the Bulldogs with three home runs and 20 RBIs.
Minick served as president of the University of Georgia Baseball Letterman’s Club from 1995-2001 and was the recipient of the Distinguished Baseball Letterman’s Award in 2012.
Minick played in the Basin League in South Dakota in summer 1963 and was named a mid-season second-team all-star. He was among 50 players invited to tryouts for the U.S. national team in 1964.
Also, he led the South Georgia Baseball League, a semi-pro league, in hitting in 1961 and 1962 and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 1962.
As a youth player, Minick played on four state championship teams and was twice the leading hitter for the Glynn County Babe Ruth League team and also the St. Simons Island American Legion Team in 1960.
He went into business as a stock broker and continues to reside in Savannah.