Dennis has a long history with baseball in Hamilton having served as president of both the Hamilton District Baseball Association and the Hamilton Baseball Umpires Association. He has also served as President of Baseball Ontario and has been a rep for Baseball Canada.
Dennis was one of the first inductees into the Hamilton Baseball Umpires Association's Wall of Fame in 2007 and is a Life Member of the Hamilton District Baseball Association.
Dennis was honoured at the Nov 2017 100th anniversary AGM for Baseball Ontario by being inducted as a member of the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame.
(article below curtesy of Baseball Ontario)
In 1957, Dennis Ryan began his umpiring career.
As a member of the Baseball Ontario executive, Dennis worked tirelessly to improve officiating in the province. He was elected President of Baseball Ontario in 1989 and following his term was appointed Provincial Supervisor of Umpires in 1992.
During his time as Supervisor, Skip (as he is affectionately known) increased the involvement of Ontario umpires in the National Program by facilitating an Open Invitation to recommended umpires in the province.
In 1993, Dennis earned Senior Course Conductor status at the inaugural Baseball Ontario Umpire Caravan and in 1994, led the first “All Ontario” Umpire Caravan. He achieved Master Course Conductor status in 1995.
Dennis is an Honourary Member of Baseball Ontario and a Life Member of both the Hamilton District Baseball Association and the Hamilton Baseball Umpire’s Association.
Dennis retired from the Baseball Ontario National Umpire program in 2007 and retired from baseball in 2010. In 2016, Dennis was awarded the Baseball Canada Home Run Sports Lifetime Achievement Award for meritorious service.
John has been a huge part of the development of our coaches and players in the Hamilton District Baseball Association. He is an active and long standing member of the Rep arm of our Hamilton Baseball Program the "Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Association" John spends the bulk of his summers travelling across Canada working with the Blue Jays as an instructor for their Honda Summer Camps program.
John was recognized at the 100th Anniversary AGM for Baseball Ontario as the 2017 recipient of the "Community NCCP Coach Developer Award"