Members of the late Doug Hudlin’s extended family gathered on Doug Hudlin Day June 11 at Jerry Hale Field, home of National Little League, to celebrate the hanging of a banner honouring the longtime local baseball umpire and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. A similar banner will be unveiled this Sunday (June 17) at the Victoria HarbourCats game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Doug Hudlin Day, round 2, brings banners to honour longtime umpire

Memory of late Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer to be kept alive

One season removed from being installed in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, legendary local umpire Doug Hudlin has been honoured again.

On the second annual Doug Hudlin Day in Victoria June 11, a memorial banner was raised at Jerry Hale Field, home of National Little League, bearing Hudlin’s photo and Hall of Fame accomplishment. He began his amateur career at the park in 1953, and went on to officiate at the provincial, national and Little League World Series levels. He died in 2014 at the age of 91.

“The banner is fabulous, I’m very honoured and I thank the City of Victoria for honouring Doug Hudlin in this way,” said his niece, Barbara Hudlin, who worked with Coun. Marianne Alto last year to create a special day following the Hall of Fame announcement.

Don Moore, a longtime volunteer at National and carded umpire who had the pleasure of working games with Hudlin, was also thrilled with the additional recognition at the park.

“He was just one of those guys who you gravitated towards, and to be honoured in this way by this park, where he started in 1953, it shows you what kind of man he was,” Moore said. “He umpired his first game here and his last game here, so it’s very fitting. The idea is to keep his memory alive.”

Another unveiling honouring Hudlin is set to happen before the Victoria HarbourCats game this Sunday at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. The ceremony is expected to start around 12:30 p.m., with the first pitch thrown at 1:00.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

International migration drives population rise in B.C.

No joke, provincial population topped 5 million by April 1

Sunset Cinema brings free family film under the stars in Colwood

Sunset Cinema hosts events on the Island from July 23 to 27

Have you seen Apple’s camera cars cruising your ‘hood?

White Subaru mapping cars seen around Saanich Peninsula

Downtown Victoria sees 10-fold increase in condo units since 2016

A report by the Downtown Victoria Business Association details ongoing construction trends

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

Native of Saint-Lambert, Que., set a record for longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days

Poll: Rising gas prices force B.C. residents rethink summer road trips

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

PHOTO: Moose cow and calf relax in Williams Lake flower garden

The homeowners got a surprise when they checked their most recent surveillance footage

Two in hospital after plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

The world’s Indigenous speakers gather in B.C.’s capital to revitalize languages

Organizers estimate about 1,000 delegates from 20 countries will be at the conference

Join talks on international treaty: B.C. First Nations mark ‘historic moment’

Representatives of the Ktunaxa, Syilx/Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations participated

Companies need clearer rules on workplace relationships, study suggests

One-third of Canadians have been in love at work, and half say no policy on the matter exists

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Most Read