Being selected by your team and teammates is an honour in itself.
It should be noted that when the Executive and Managers voted, each and every player got votes – a very close choice which illustrates the kind of players we have in our League.
Congratulations Rolf Bjordammen -2010 Bill Carson Award
In his second year with the OMMSPL, Rolf is one of the senior members of our league and a shining example to all, both on and off the field. As the Red Faces' 1rst baseman, Rolf is a treat to watch as he gives it all when fielding grounders and the inevitable errant throws. In a recent playoff game he saved the game with a dive for a ground ball out. As he headed off the field he simply flashed his usual smile when teased about getting his uniform dirty. At bat, he has consistently been one of the better hitters, showing amazing power numbers.
When some mid season adjustments were needed to balance the batting order, Rolf was openly supportive in being moved down despite his outstanding batting average.
While his contributions as a player have meant a great deal to the Red Faces' success, his leadership qualities are probably of even more value. This was a very happy team and Rolf played a huge role. He was always upbeat, keen, uncomplaining and never critical of others. He also knows how to have fun — a willing participant in any of the team high jinx and not being timid about being the one featured.
Respected by both his team mates and opposing players, he is at all times both a true gentleman and tough competitor. Rolf always presents a calm and positive demeanor and in his soft spoken manner, regularly offers quiet encouragement to others.
Whenever the Reds had to install bases at the diamond, Rolf was frequently the first one to grab the hammer and lead the way. He also helped after the game. As noted by opposing teams, Rolf was one of the first to volunteer to umpire.
The Red Faces had great post game attendance at East Side Mario's this year and Rolf was one of the regulars who enjoyed replaying the game and poking fun at one another. He is a pleasure to have as a team mate and someone the team was proud to nominate as a Bill Carson Award nominee.
BILL CARSON AWARD 2012
At a packed Fionn MacCool's, Commissioner Told concluded a most successful season with presentation of the trophies to the Regular Season Champs, the Grey Beards and the Playoff winners, the Golden Years.
Jake McLean is in fact, a former team mate of Bill Carson and a mentor many years ago to a number of our "younger" OMMSPL players. After playing in the first two seasons of OMMSPL, Jake encountered some serious medical problems that resulted in months of hospitalization and further rehabilitation. As a result, he missed part of the 2010 season and all of 2011. But, despite some continuing limitations, but not surprising to those who know him, Jake bounced back, returned to play ball this year and worked hard at getting back to being the gamer he has always been.
BILL CARSON AWARD 2013
During the post season celebrations and award presentations at Fionn MacCool's on September 20,103, the "Bill Carson" trophy was also awarded after each of the teams' nominees was introduced.
Grant assisted in the establishment of the OMMSPL by managing the Grey Beards for the first two years (2009 & 2010). Grant is also responsible for introducing many players to "Tournament" slo-pitch as about 16 years ago he formed the Mississauga Legends, beginning with players in the 50+ category and evolving to teams at the 55, 60, 65 and 70 levels.
It was through Grant's initiatives that many avid slo-pitch veterans have been able to continue to enjoy competitive slo-pitch provincially, nationally and internationally. This spawned numerous lasting friendships and bonds amongst players that continue to this day. Many of these players continue to compete in the OMMSPL.
Thirteen years ago, Grant began the on-going tradition of Legend teams participating in the World Senior Games in St. George Utah each October.
Mississauga Legend teams at all levels have excelled in both their on-field successes and in the respect generated off the diamond.
There are a lot of ball players who remain most grateful to Grant for his efforts over the years. We have had fun!
Congratulations Grant-- well deserved!
BILL CARSON AWARD 2016
Candidates for the Bill Carson award in 2016 were Blue Pills – Mike McFadden, Fine Wines – Doug Wheeler, Golden Years – Don Dash, Green Gimps – Greg Aubert, Grey Beards – Paul Hunter, Red Faces – Jim Baxter, Rusty Royals – Dave Hubert and White Hairs – Don Yaschyshyn
Doug Wheeler of the Fine Wines joins the winners of the Bill Carson Award for 2106. Wheeler has played for a number of years in the OMMSPL and is a very popular Manager who leads by example in both his playing ability and in his relationship with fellow players and opponents. He is a talented player, with many of Bill Carson’s attributes, who manages his team with the utmost respect of each of its members.
Typical of Doug’s style is his desire for fairness in ensuring umpire calls are correct regardless of it impacting his own team.