An NDG’er Comes Home

Last year, NDG Baseball’s Board of Directors decided to bestowe its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award on a native son who excelled for many years in his chosen profession. However, owing to his recovery from some health issues as well as the short turn around from the selection to the annual coaches’ banquet when such honours are normally awarded, it was mutually agreed that the award would be presented in 2015.

At the time of the selection, or shortly after, I was asked by Graham Nevin to work on media for this event despite stepping away from the NDG Baseball Board and I happily agreed.

Fast forward to July when I started to contact the usual media organizations. As is normally the case, I received zero feedback from the French language organizations and near 100% response from the English language organizations. I continue to regret that the French media is simply not interested in NDG Baseball nor a Quebecer whose career was of international reknown. I also continue to appreciate the English language media for the support it gives to NDG Minor Baseball when called upon.

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Stu Cowan: It has been quite a journey for former major-league umpire Jim McKean

Montreal Gazette

Jim McKean’s world will come full circle on Saturday when he umpires a few innings of the N.D.G. Baseball Major Championship game for the under-12 age group at Loyola Park.

McKean, now 70, spent much of his youth at Loyola Park as a star athlete in baseball, football and basketball. As a 12-year-old, he pitched three no-hitters and posted a perfect 18-0 record while leading Trenholme Park to the city peewee championship and also quarterbacked the Trenholme Park football team to a provincial title. He later earned the Principal Trophy at Monkland High School after winning championships with the school’s football and basketball teams. And in 1963, as QB of the N.D.G. Maple Leafs, he led his team to the Eastern Canadian championship.

McKean would then spend two years with the Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, mostly as a punter and backup QB to Bernie Faloney. The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed him before the…

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