Hall of Fame
The Dawgs created the Hall of Fame in January 2014 to recognize those individuals that had made an extraordinary contribution to the:
- phenomenal success of the Dawgs Baseball Program, both the summer collegiate club and the Dawgs Youth Academy;
- development of the state of the art, Seaman Stadium Complex and related facilities, truly the premier amateur baseball facilities in the country; and/or
- the growth and success of the sport at the amateur and youth levels across the country.
Bob is a MLB Hall of Fame sportswriter who has covered baseball in Canada since the 1978 home opener of the Montreal Expos. From 1987 to the present he has covered the Toronto Blue Jays. He has written three books, including Hard Ball. He is founding father of the Canadian Baseball Network, which has inspired new generations of collegiate and youth baseball players in Canada.
“In a hockey country, Bob more than anyone has kept the baseball home fires burning”.
-John Ircandia, Founding & Managing Director of the Dawgs
Don was the principal donor in the construction of Seaman Stadium and the Duvernay Fieldhouse. He, his late brother Daryl K. (“Doc”) and brother BJ, were principals of the Bow Valley Group of Companies and respected pioneers in the Canadian oil & gas industry. Don has made major contributions to, among many worthy causes, the Seaman Family MRA Research Centre, the Robotic Arm Project at Foothills Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Heritage Park, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary.
Blair was the founding and head coach of the Prairie Baseball Academy, in Lethbridge, AB, from inception in 1995 until 2010. He created opportunities for hundreds of players to move on to US colleges and universities. More than anyone he is responsible for building Nolan Yard and was a key member of the Dawgs team that developed Seaman Stadium, Tourmaline Field and Conrad Field.
“Over the years, Kubie, more than anyone, opened the door for Dawgs players to be recognized by college coaches and professional scouts. He was selfless in his passion for baseball”
- John Ircandia, Founding & Managing Director of the Dawgs
What began as a single youth team in 1995 with a vision to provide further opportunities at the next level, the Dawgs are now recognized among the top youth baseball programs in North America. John’s commitment, vision and passion have led to the development of not only this outstanding baseball program and world class facilities, but a legacy of excellence. Hundreds of student athletes moving to post-secondary level - dozens drafted by Major League Baseball and playing at the professional level.
From the first Dawgs team in 1995 to becoming the first former Dawg to play at the highest professional level, Jim has singularly represented the goal and ambition of many that have since worn the Dawgs uniform. Whether playing for the Dawgs, our Nation or a professional baseball organization, Jim Henderson exemplified what dedication, desire, talent and a love for the game can accomplish. He has done it all the “Dawgs Way”. Jim has led the way no doubt, many more will follow.
Doc Seaman was a success at everything he did. He was a war hero, a legend in the oil & gas industry, a rancher in the Foothills with the OH and one of Canada's most generous philanthropists. He brought the Flames to Calgary and along with brother Don, gave the Dawgs a home in Okotoks.
Mayor of Okotoks from 1998 to 2010, Bill McAlpine was among the first to recognize what bringing Dawgs Baseball and Seaman Stadium could do for the community. He supplied the "political will" so that his long term vision would overcome short term gain. The result: a stadium and a community rallying point that is the envy of communities across the country.
Dawgs director since 2003 when the program expanded from a nationally renowned youth program to include the summer collegiate Dawgs. An Alberta baseball pioneer who served as President of Baseball Alberta and GM of Team Alberta at the Canada Cup. Instrumental in facilitating some key Dawgs business partnerships.
An original Dawgs director dating back to the mid-1990s when the club first formed as an elite high school program. Provided technology expertise respecting scoreboard, videoboard, website design & online ticketing. Contributor to original design of Seaman Stadium, in particular, the “Bill McAlpine Press box, powered by FirstEnergy Capital Corp.”
Technical Coach, Facility Design, Field Maintenance Volunteer Extraordinaire. Designed state of the art training techniques, including a complete spring training program. Under his coaching, numerous Dawgs pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft. As a volunteer, dedicated innumerable hours to the supervision and maintenance of the mounds and infields at the Seaman Stadium Complex.
THE “Face of the Dawgs” and a club director dating back to when the Dawgs brought summer collegiate baseball to Calgary then relocated to Okotoks. Served 3 years as Dawgs President and 7 years as VP, Community Relations. “THE Master of Game Day Presentations & Promotions”. Key member of the Dawgs executive committee since 2003.
“I do not believe that any other individual could have developed and maintained a credible National Team Program that challenges the very best baseball countries in the world. Coach and mentor to numerous Dawgs at all of the Junior, Senior, Olympic and World Baseball Classic levels and truly one of the, if not THE, most influential Canadians in our sport".
- John Ircandia, Founding & Managing Director of the Dawgs
David has “done it all and done it all very well from the elite youth to collegiate, to professional and the international levels”. A mentor to a generation (or two) of Dawgs players and coaches. Widely recognized in baseball circles wherever he goes, be that the United States, Canada or Italy, as not only an outstanding coach but a first class individual, a true gentleman.
From dedicated youth baseball coach to college and youth baseball philanthropist. Mike Rose is the principal donor behind some of Canada's finest college and youth baseball facilities, including Tourmaline Field in Okotoks, Rocky Mountain Little League Stadium in Calgary, Tourmaline West Baseball Stadium and the Rose Indoor Training Center at UBC in Vancouver. He also was a significant contributor to the Duvernay Fieldhouse in Okotoks.
The main reason Canada has an NAIA affiliated college baseball program is Terry McKaig. Has served as Head Coach and now Director of Baseball, Chief Fundraiser & Designer respecting Tourmaline West Baseball Stadium and the Rose Indoor Training Centre. Terry McKaig is "THE" UBC Baseball Program which now features not only a successful college team but a growing youth baseball program as well.
Pablo Forno: Pablo joined the Dawgs when the summer collegiate club first took the field at Burns Stadium in Calgary. When the Dawgs moved to Okotoks in 2006, so did Pablo and his entire family! As owner of Grand Slam Sports, he has been our exclusive merchandizer for 22 years and continues to operate the Dawgs General Store. Pablo has served as a Director, Operations Manager and BP “meat”.
Jim Amy: Jim’s dedication to the Dawgs dates back to the Calgary days. He has served in multiple capacities: Operations Manager, a Director and as VP, Food & Beverage. Jim is an inspiration behind the Prostate Cancer Fundraiser and the guiding mind behind the Dawgs concession offerings. The legendary namesake of Seaman Stadium’s iconic “JimJimAmy’s Margaritaville”, welcome to the HoF!
Jim Wildeman: Jim has been a “volunteer extraordinaire” since the ground-breaking ceremony in Okotoks in August 2006. Jim was integral to the club establishing a foothold in a new community as the Dawgs moved from Calgary to Okotoks. He has served the club in multiple capacities including Director, Ticket Salesman, Sponsorship Sales, Community Liaison Officer and Banquet Chairman.
The Dawgs journey began with a youth travel team in Calgary. The club rose in prominence to become arguably Canada’s premier youth team featuring elite players from throughout the country. This Dawgs roster included several MLB draft selections, a Big Leaguer, multiple NCAA Division 1 athletes, Team Canada players and decorated All Americans. As one MLB scout remarked at a World Series Showcase in Florida, “You really don’t want to play those guys!” These original Dawgs provided the foundation of what Dawgs Baseball has become today and what it will be in the future. Without the success and passion they produced, it is no overstatement to say there would be no Dawgs Baseball at Seaman Stadium!
Dawgs relocated from Calgary to beautiful Okotoks and christened their phenomenal state of the art, Seaman Stadium in 2007. Okotoks embraced this new club with open arms. Ticket sales were through the roof and “Opening Night” inspired allusions to Kinsella’s “Field of Dreams”. And this new Dawgs club honoured a legion of new fans by presenting the Town with 3 consecutive WCBL Championships, 2007, 2008 and 2009! Every Okotokian knows where they were on the day the now Okotoks Dawgs won that first championships! That incredible victory kick-started what was to become a historic 3 PEAT! The club that became known as the 3-PEAT DAWGS crystallized the love affair between this extraordinary community and their beloved Dawgs!
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