The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy will host a Blue Jays Honda Super Camp in St. Marys during Induction Weekend, June 21-22.
Blue Jays Honda Super Camps are instructional baseball camps for players aged 9-16. The camps cover the fundamentals of the game of baseball; hitting, infield, outfield, base running, bunting and pitching.
Blue Jays’ alumni George Bell (2013 Inductee) and World Series heroes Devon White and Duane Ward will act as instructors, with assistance from coaches from Baseball Canada and Little League Canada.
George Bell played in 1587 games over 12 years in the big leagues with Toronto and Chicago, and won the 1987 AL MVP award.
Duane Ward pitched in 462 games over nine years in the big leagues with Toronto and Atlanta. Ward was an all-star in 1993, and was a member of the World Series winning Blue Jays in 1992-93.
Devon White played 1941 games over 17 years in the big leagues with Toronto, California, Florida, Arizona, LA Dodgers and Milwaukee. White won seven Gold Gloves and was a member of the World Series winning Blue Jays in 1992-93.
Registration is open to both male and female players. Camp registration is limited to 150 participants per camp.
Each participant will receive: a Blue Jays hat, Blue Jays Baseball Academy t-shirt, Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional manual and a 12-inch Alomar Baseball, baseball glove.
“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Baseball Canada and promote participation in the game of baseball across Canada,” said Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, Toronto Blue Jays.
“The Super Camp program, now in its fourth year, has given kids across the country an opportunity for elite level instruction that only Baseball Canada and our Blue Jays alumni can provide. Together we continue to encourage the growth of the game of baseball in this country.”
The Super Camps will be held Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hall of Fame.
•Bell, Ward and White will also participate in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 18th annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday, June 20 at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club.
•Proceeds raised from this year’s golf tournament will go towards the completion of the new ball field on the Hall’s site and to the Hall’s Kids on Deck program, which uses baseball as a medium to teach cultural awareness and social justice to boys and girls.
•Book signing. Danny Gallagher and co-author Bill Young will in town on Saturday to sign copies of their book -- Ecstasy to Agony: the 1994 Montreal Expos: How the Best Team in Baseball Ended up in Washington 10 Years Later.
The men will be attending the street festival in the morning, and they will also have a table on the induction grounds.
•Another event on Saturday will be an InterCounty Baseball League game between the Barrie Baycats and Hamilton Cardinals. It’s slated for 2 p.m. at the St. Marys Cement Plant Field.
•The London Salutes Canadian Baseball breakfast goes Friday morning at the London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Advance registration only. Visit the Hall’s website for more information.