June 19, 2023
On Saturday, I was very fortunate to receive the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2023 Randy Echlin Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at the induction ceremony in St. Marys, Ont.
I want to thank Scott Crawford, Jeremy Diamond and the Hall’s board for this great honour.
I knew Randy Echlin as a passionate Canadian baseball fan. We had many discussions about the Blue Jays and Expos before I even knew he was a judge. He was also one of the first supporters of my blog.
Most of you know that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has been a passion of mine for over two decades. My first involvement with the Hall came at a breakfast meeting organized by Chris West at the Westover Inn in 1996. I was a young buck writing notes during the meeting and I wrote St. Mary’s (with an apostrophe) in my notes. Suddenly, Lorne Eedy (who I had just met) reached over and scratched out the apostrophe.
“No apostrophe,” he whispered.
Ever since then, St. Marys (no apostrophe) has had a special place in my heart.
I’m not important enough to write something this long about an award I received. But I wanted to make sure to thank Scott and the Hall of Fame and ensure that people remember Randy Echlin and let them know how important he was to me.
Please go and visit the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys.
P.S. Also, thank you to my mom and dad for instilling in me both a love of baseball and a love of history.