"This is a very big deal," Lipson told Georgia TV station WMAZ. "It's very difficult for kids to be recognized by colleges these days and to secure some kind of financial assistance to play the sport they love."
Lipson was recognized years earlier enough to play at the University of Georgia and in the pros. His pro career was one where he saw four seasons and made AA. But he never made the majors.
Lipson's pro career began in 1989, signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia.
At the University of Georgia, Lipson went 9.2 innings in the May 1988 SEC tournament without giving up a run. He, along with teammate Steve Muh drew praise from their coach Steve Webber, according to The Gainesville Sun.
"The way Muh and Lipson were able to stop a strong hitting Kentucky team was the whole story," Webber told The Sun after the win.
That March, Lipson pitched three innings without giving up a run in a Georgia win.
With the Twins, Lipson played his first season between the rookie Gulf Coast League and Elizabethton. In 33 relief outings between them, Lipson had a 2.54 ERA and 10 saves.
He moved to single-A Kenosha and high-A Visalia for 1990. In 64 outings on the year, he had a 2.27 ERA.
Lipson returned to Visalia for 1991, getting 49 relief outings and a 3.64 ERA. He then split 1992 between high-A Fort Myers and AA Orlando. At Orlando, he had 31 relief outings and a 5.45 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.
Lipson has since gone on to be a teacher and a high school coach at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga.
- Gainesville Sun, May 15, 1988: Georgia edges out Kentucky in 11th
- 13WMAZ.com, Nov. 16, 2011: Cavalier Opts to Pitch for Georgia College
Made the Majors: 830 - 47.0%
Never Made Majors: 936-53.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 359
10+ Seasons in the Minors:212