Linda Lewis (1947 – )

Sport: Baseball
Position: Executive Member, Administrator
Year of Induction: 2016

About

For 40 years, Linda has been involved in baseball locally, provincially and nationally. Beginning with Chatham Minor Baseball and working her way through the ranks of Western Counties Baseball, Baseball Ontario, and Baseball Canada. She has held numerous positions in each organization including President of Baseball Ontario in 1995 and Vice-president of Baseball Canada from 2001 to 2010.

Career Highlights

Chatham Minor Baseball

  • 1976 – became executive member of CMBA
  • For many years served as Chairperson of Ways and Means and was Treasurer for several years

Western Counties Baseball

  • 1984 – joined WCBA as CMBA representative
  • Beginning in 1984 to present – has been Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar for over 30 years

Baseball Ontario

  • 1986 – appointed to Ontario Baseball Association Board as Western Counties’ representative
  • 1988 – was elected to be a Director on the Executive Board
  • 1993 & 1994 – served as Awards Chairperson, Competition and Technical Committees
  • 1991-1997 – served on Umpires Committee
  • 1995 – became President at convention hosted by CMBA
  • Currently is Treasurer, serves on the Executive and the HR Committees and acts as Commissioner of the Premier Baseball League of Ontario

Baseball Canada

  • 1995 to 2000 – served as the appointed Vice-president from Ontario on Baseball Canada
  • Member of the Sports Development Committee
  • Chaired and promoted the Women’s Baseball Committee
  • For many years chaired the Umpires Committee
  • 1994, 1995, & 1996 – was Baseball Canada representative at Canadian Junior Championships
  • Was Tech person at Canada Games in London
  • 2000-2010 – served as the elected Vice-president of Baseball Canada
  • Chaired the National Umpires Committee and selected Canadian umpires to work the World Baseball Tournament
  • Co-wrote playing rules for the new Rookie Ball program

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1988 – received Fergie Jenkins Community Service Award from CMBA for demonstrated dedication, leadership and consistent promotion of minor baseball in Chatham
  • 1994 and 2010 – received President’s Award from Baseball Ontario for the years spent representing Baseball Ontario at Baseball Canada and for bringing together an agreement between the Premier Baseball League of Ontario and Baseball Ontario
  • 1995 – received Volunteer of Year Award from Baseball Ontario for contributions to baseball that resulted in a better environment for players
  • 1996 – received Optimist International Gold Bat Tournament Award for Past Service and Dedication to the Promotion of Baseball
  • 1998 – received Ontario Sports Award – Special Achievement Award for Volunteers which is given to volunteers who have contributed to the development of amateur sport in Ontario in the previous year
  • 2006 – was made an Honourary Member of Baseball Ontario
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