Home Run for Battleford
The Town of Battleford is being recognized for its contribution to Saskatchewan’s baseball history.
It will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in the community category at a ceremony later this month.
“Communities have played a very large role in terms of our rich baseball heritage,” says Jane Shury, president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame and Museum Association. “And Battleford contributed greatly."
Through the work of the late Dave Shury, a founder of the association and museum, the town’s impact on the sport in Saskatchewan has been outlined. “His dream was to have the rich history of Saskatchewan baseball recorded and those who contributed honoured,” says Shury.
Baseball in Battleford began early on. On May 31, 1879 the first recorded baseball game in the history of the Northwest Territories was played. The community's support of the game continued throughout the 20th century.
In 2003, Saskatchewan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum made its home in Battleford at 292 22 Street West.
Battleford and some of Saskatchewan's baseball greats will be inducted into the hall of fame on August 18.