Edmonton International Baseball Foundation
2000 IBAF World Junior AAA Baseball Championship

Junior Players Thrill Edmonton with Superlative Skills

EIBF Chairman, Ron Hayter, had these words to say about the 2000 World Junior AAA Championship:
“In 2000, the EIBF embarked on a wonderful journey. We saw the World Junior AAA Championship as a way to focus attention on the importance of youth as we headed into the New Millennium. The 2000 Tournament was a celebration of youth and the teams invigorated us with their skills, enthusiasm and zest for the great game of baseball. Over 10 days and 46 games, we saw many significant plays by many magnificent players. The roar at the Gold Medal game could be heard for blocks as the large crowd expressed its excitement at the superlative skills of Korea and the U.S.A.”

Korea won the day in 13 thrilling innings by a score of 9 to 7.

Final Standings

5.Chinese Taipei
10.South Africa

The winner of the Most Valuable Player Award was Pitcher, Shin-Soo Choo, of Korea, with 33 strikeouts through the tournament. Today Shin-Soo Choo is playing in the Major League.

Baseball Scholarship Awarded to Three Athletes

Baseball Scholarships Awarded to Three Athletes

Three scholarships, each for $2,000.00 were presented by The Edmonton International Baseball Foundation last April,  during a Press Conference at Telus Field.

The Ron Hayter Bursary was awarded to Travis Lindquist. Of Elk Point, and Ryan Campbell of Cold Lake.

Pamela Fox, of Sherwood Park, received the Millie Warwick McAuley/Betty Carveth Dunn Scholarship.

The scholarships are awarded annually to players in Baseball Alberta who demonstrate outstanding baseball skills consistent with academic achievement and community involvement.

Mr. Lindquist, completing his first term in Engineering at the University of Alberta, was an outstanding outfielder with the Elk Point Sox Midget team, coached by Douglas Bassett.

Mr. Campbell is enrolled in the prestigious Honours Business Administration Program at the University of Western Ontario. In 2005, he participated with the Cold Lake Midget Cardinals and also with the Upper Canada College Varsity Baseball team, where he was named Most Valuable Player.

Ms. Fox, described as “an exceptional student, gifted athlete and excellent leader”, participated in 2005 at the inaugural Canadian Women’s Baseball Invitational Championship in Mississauga, Ontario. A graduate of New Serapta Community High School, Pam is currently in her second year at the University of Alberta.

Her scholarship was presented by Millie Warwick McAuley and Betty Carveth Dunn, who starred in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the Second World War. They were Special Ambassadors during the first-ever World Cup of Women’s Baseball in Edmonton in 2004.

The E.I.B.F., established in 1979, is a not-for-profit organization which has organized six international baseball events in the city and has been awarded the 2008 World Junior AAA Championship.

Edmonton Hosted The First-Ever Women’s Baseball Championship

In 2004, Edmonton hosted the first-ever World Cup of Women’s Baseball, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) in conjunction with Baseball Canada and Baseball Alberta.

The five country tournament was held on July 3 through August 8, 2004, as part of Edmonton’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations.

The tournament was won by the U.S.A. followed by Japan 2nd., Canada 3rd., Australia 4th. and Chinese Taipei 5th.

The IBAF 2004 World Cup of Women’s Baseball was a great success and set the standard for tournaments to follow. As the late IBAF president, Mr. Aldo Notari said, “…the IBAF return to Edmonton for this tournament clearly shows the real capacity of your people to organize International Baseball Competitions at the highest level.”
Ray Carter, president of Baseball Canada said, “Baseball Canada is indeed fortunate to have such fine organization as the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation and the City of Edmonton, willing to host on our behalf. Nowhere in the world is it done better.”

Three Players Earn Scholarships
Three Alberta Athletes given recognition by the EIBF
Three outstanding Alberta Athletes were recognized today by the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation
Brandon Strocki, 18, of Stony Plain, and Daniel Jackson, 18, of Elnora received $2,000 E.I.B.F. -Ron Hayter Scholarships in recognition of their scholastic achievements and athletic prowess.
Nineteen year-old Kristen Meyer, of Edmonton, received the $2,000 Millie Warwick McAuley/Betty Carveth Dunn Bursary.  The award is named in honor of two Edmontonians who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which operated during the Second World War.
Ms. Dunn, a member of the Canadian and American Baseball Halls of Fame and a Special Ambassador with the E.I.B.F., made the presentation to Ms. Meyer, a talented pitcher and infielder who competed on the Team Alberta Women’s team last season, when it won the silver medal in Quebec.
Strocki played with the Stony Plain Midget AA Royals last season and will be playing with the Parkland White Sox this season in the North-Central Alberta Baseball League.
As a catcher and left fielder, he was a key factor in the Royals’ provincial Tier 4 championship victory last season.
Strocki is enrolled at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education and Recreation where he has embarked on a five-year program to obtain a combined degree in Education and Physical Education.
Interestingly, he also has been umpiring for six years and is expected to earn his Level 4 National Umpiring Certification this year.
Jackson, an all-around player, was unable to attend because he is completing his first year of post-secondary studies at Minot State University in North Dakota.  He is on the President’s Honor List and also an outfielder with the Minot State Beavers. The award was accepted by his father, Lloyd Jackson.
Since 2000, Jackson has accumulated a rack of gold medals, helping Red Deer Dick’s Auto and Truck Mosquitoes to a provincial title in 2000, Team Alberta Bantams to the 2004 National championship; Red Deer Sportsworld AA Midget, provincial title, and Team Alberta, Western Canada championship, in 2006.
He also was a member of Team Alberta in the 2007 Midget AAA Canadian championships.
Ms. Meyer, currently a member of the Edmonton Warriors Midget team, has been playing baseball competitively since she was nine.  She was on Team Alberta when it won the pee wee silver medal in 2003, and helped Alberta capture the gold in the 2004 Bantam girls national championship. It was gold again in 2006, playing in the provincial midget finals.
“The E.I.B.F. applauds these outstanding athletes for their excellence both on and off the field”, said E.I.B.F. Chairman Ron Hayter.  “They are a credit to the community and to the sport of baseball.”

Cuba Wins Bronze over Australia, while Korea blanks USA 7-0 for the Gold

Cuba 6 Vs Australia 2 and Korea 7 Vs USA 0
2008 Board of Governors

Top from left to right:
Orest Babiuk, Bob Haromy, Alex Rosato, Dick Staples, Wally Footz, Rick Kampjes, Don Clarke and Dale Clarke.

Bottom from left to right:
Thim Choy, Grant Cunningham, Brenton Chmiliar (Treasurer), Ron Hayter (Chairman), Jim Acton (Vice-Chairman), Phyllis Pannebaker and Bill Maxim.
Edmonton has been awarded the 2012  Women’s Baseball World Cup.

This was announced jointly today by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), Baseball Canada and the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation.

The eight-country, 36-game event will be played from July 28 to August 9, 2012 with Telus Field as the main venue. Some games will be scheduled for John Fry Park in southeast Edmonton and possibly in St. Albert.

“This is further recognition of Edmonton’s outstanding record of hosting international sporting events,” said EIBF Chairman Ron Hayter.  It will be the eighth international event organized by the EIBF since 1980, a Canadian record.

“We broke the ice by organizing the first recognized world women’s championship in 2004,” he added. “A lot of fans were skeptical when the tournament began, but the high quality of players and the excitement of the games soon had them cheering.”

The EIBF decided to make the bid after noting the tremendous popularity of the movie, “A League of their Own,” based on the All-American Women’s Professional Baseball League which flourished during and after the Second World War. It was further encouraged by the fact that two of the star players in that league lived in Edmonton, Millie Warwick McAuley and Betty Carveth Dunn. Both were inducted into the U.S. and Canadian Sports Halls of Fame.

Both were named Special Ambassadors for the Championship and became instant hits with the public and the media. Ms. Carveth Dunn has continued in this role for the EIBF.

Since 2004, the interest in women’s baseball has skyrocketed, and the IBAF indicates that more than 500,000 women are now playing the game around the world. Stadiums were packed for the 2008 World Cup in Japan.

In 2007, Eri Yoshida became the first female to pitch in Japanese professional baseball, striking out the first male batter she faced. The IBAF is also pressing the International Olympic Committee to add baseball as a women’s discipline for the 2016 games.

The United States captured the gold medals in the inaugural World Cup event in Edmonton, with Canada taking the bronze. The teams finished in the same positions in the 2006 World Cup in Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) but Japan captured the gold in 2008, with Canada picking up the silver ahead of the U.S.A.

In addition to the 2004 Women’s debut, the EIBF has, since its inception in 1979, organized the World Men’s Championship in 1990; World Junior AAA Championships in 2000 and 2008; two Intercontinental Cups, 1981 and 1985 and the Olympic Qualification Tournament for the Americas in 1995.

The not-for-profit EIBF uses funds raised through its events for scholarship programs for both male and female baseball players; to sponsor the top individual award in amateur baseball in the province; to support the building and upgrading of playing facilities, and to assist various Baseball Alberta programs.

Hayter said the IBAF will be announcing a competition to design the official logo for 2012.  “This has attracted considerable interest in the past with some outstanding submissions.” 

Jennifer Steinhauer designed the logo for the inaugural women’s event. Other previous winners have included Wally Footz, who was responsible for the tournament logos in 1990, 1995 and 2000;  and Dennis Porfon, 2008.

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