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September 26, 2016
OKOTOKS, AB... –Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club of the Western Major Baseball League has announced its 2016/17 inductees into the Seaman Stadium/Okotoks Dawgs Hall of Fame. Presentations will be made at the Dawgs Annual Banquet and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Okotoks Centennial Center.
2016/17 Hall of Fame inductees include 3 longtime Dawgs directors, Clint Fystro of Edmonton, William Gardner and Don Johnston of Calgary and one of the original Dawgs coaches, Don McLeod. Here is some background on each of the inductees:
Clint Fystro: has been a director of the Dawgs since 2003 when the program expanded from a high performance youth development program based in Calgary to include a summer collegiate club. A former executive at Sobey’s, Fystro was a baseball pioneer in the Edmonton area and had served as both president of Baseball Alberta and as general manager of Team Alberta for the prestigious Canada Cup. He was also instrumental in facilitating some key Dawgs business partnerships as the club relocated to Okotoks.
William Gardner: became a director of the Dawgs when the club brought summer collegiate baseball to Calgary following the sale and relocation of the Calgary Cannons. He served 3 years as Dawgs President and for the past 7 years has held the positon of Vice President of Community Relations and Game Day Presentation. He has been a member of the Dawgs executive committee as the program expanded from 1 high performance youth club to an elite baseball Academy consisting of 6 teams from ages 12 to 18 and a highly successful, summer collegiate club.
Don Johnston: was an original director of the Dawgs dating back to the mid-1990s when the club first formed as an elite high school program. Johnston, who is the Vice President of Technology with Prairie Merchant in Calgary, provided the Dawgs with his expertise in all aspects of technology, including audio and visual presentation, scoreboards, videoboards, website design and management, online ticketing and computers. He was part of the executive committee responsible for the original design of Seaman Stadium and in particular, the “Bill McAlpine Press box, powered by FirstEnergy Capital Corp.”
Don McLeod: also served on the executive committee that travelled to locales throughout the US as part of designing Seaman Stadium and the Duvernay Fieldhouse. He was the Dawgs youth program’s 1st technical director of baseball and was instrumental in designing training techniques, including a complete spring training program, that were state of the art. While serving as Dawgs pitching coach, numerous of his pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft. In recent years, on a strictly volunteer basis, he dedicated innumerable hours to the supervision and maintenance of the mounds and infields at the Seaman Stadium Complex.
The 4 inductees will join a prestigious group already in the Hall of Fame including principal donors Don Seaman and Doc Seaman, Canadian Hall of Fame journalist, Bob Elliott, collegiate coaching icon, Blair Kubicek, former Okotoks mayor, Bill McAlpine, Dawgs founding and managing Director John Ircandia and Dawgs big leaguer, Jim Henderson of the New York Mets.
Tickets to the Dawgs Annual Banquet may be purchased by calling the Dawgs Ticket Office at 403.262.3294 or 403.995.1280.
Also, a reminder to current Dawgs season ticket holders that they have until November 1st to renew their current seats before the seats are released to the public. Non season ticket holders can purchase tickets not currently on hold. Call the Dawgs Ticket Office at 403.262.3294 or 403.995.1280 or check out the Dawgs website at www.dawgsbaseball.ca for further details.
About Okotoks Dawgs Baseball:
The Dawgs are a nonprofit organization that began in 1995 as an elite youth development program based in Calgary, AB. The Dawgs currently operate 6 high performance youth teams from ages 13 to 18 that have won multiple provincial, national and Perfect Game Championships and a highly successful summer collegiate club that has won 4 WMBL Championships and is currently ranked 1st in Canada and 4th in North America in attendance averaging over 3300 fans per game. The Dawgs home is the Seaman Stadium Complex, a $22M, state of the art facility featuring 2 stadiums, 4 diamonds, outdoor and indoor training centers. Several Dawgs players have played for Team Canada, NCAA and NAIA universities and colleges, and been drafted by and signed professional baseball contracts with Major League Baseball organizations.
For more information, contact:
Angie Cox, Coordinator of Special Events,
Phone: 403.262.3294; 403.995.1280