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We are sad to announce the passing Casey Lyons on November 21st, 2017. Casey was one of BVB's founding members of our Umpire crew for our first 14 years. For the many times he was on the field with our teams, he carried a strong presence behind the plate and "dry wit" off the field when the plays were done. Despite not dawning the Umpire uniform for the last few years, Casey made a point to swing by games throughout the summer and catch up with the acquaintances he made throughout the League.
He will be missed, and on behalf of Burlington Vintage Baseball and it's members, our condolences to his Family.
Rest in Peace Casey
A Celebration of Casey's life will take place from 4-6 pm on Sunday September 17th from at the Burlington Convention Centre located at 1120 Burloak Drive.
There is an article up in the paper about him which you can find here;
In yet another gut wrenching game, the Braves and Hobos locked horns on Friday September 29th with the League Championship on the line. The Braves struck early and by the 4th inning, they were up 4-1 and seemingly in control until the bottom of the 7th when the Hobos Rallied and tied the game on a 2 out, 2 run single by Mark Thomas.
With all the momentum seemingly on the Hobos side heading into extra innings, the Braves rallied in the top of the 8th and scored 5 runs to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
The Hobos would not give it up that easily as they got their first 2 men aboard with none out and started another rally of their own. After scoring a pair and having the Braves Stephen Paige battle his way to 2 out and runners on the corners, the Braves were finally able to put the game away and win the title on a fielders choice put out at 2nd base.
Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought 5 game series which saw 4 of the 5 games decided in the last inning of the game and 2 of those games go to extra innings.
The Braves are now back to back Champions. Congratulations go out to Mike Gionas and his team. Repeating is not an easy feat.
Look for an article to appear in the Burlington Post (Already available online https://www.insidehalton.com/sports-story/7589842-braves-retain-burlington-vintage-baseball-title-with-extra-inning-win/ ).
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Rob Hall of the Cubs passed away recently.
There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday August 31st from 7 to 11pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dundas located at 280 King Street West.
A "GoFundMe" campaign has been started by Paul Smith in order to try and cover the cost of having him buried in his native East Coast. Anyone wishing to contribute is more then welcome to click on the link listed below;
I received this testimonial about Rob from Michael Blackwood and felt it would be best if it was posted as he had written it;
Rob is the one in the back far right (in the team picture above). He wore 44 then.
When his father passed away a few years after this photo he asked to have his number changed to 24 which was his Dad's number. My wife Brenda changed his number to 24 and he wore that number until he retired from BVB.
Rob was a great painter as well and while I was off skiing one winter my wife had Rob over to paint my man cave in the basement. He also painted the rest of the house.
He was a fierce competitor and complimented any play no matter what team made the play.
He is missed dearly.