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The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) presented Green Bay, WI. native Cliff Christl with its Legacy Award during its annual conference hosted by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame September 27-29.

Christl received the award at An Evening of Champions, the conference awards banquet held Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm at Rockwood Terrace.

Christl is the fourth recipient of the award, which ISHA created in 2018 to recognize an individual or organization located in the geographical area of the annual conference in order to provide an opportunity for the host to honor a local sports heritage contributor.

Cliff Christl has spent the bulk of his professional life writing about and researching the Packers. He has served as Packers team historian since 2014, having spent 36 years as a sportswriter covering the team for four different Wisconsin newspapers.

A native of Green Bay, he worked for 14 months at the Manitowoc Herald-Times before spending close to 16 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and 20 years at The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Christl served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee from 2002 to 2014 and has been a member of the Packers Hall of Fame selection committee since 2007. He has authored or co-authored seven other books, mostly about the Packers and pro football. He also spearheaded the effort to create the Packers Heritage Trail with its 25 historical sites and impressive downtown plaza, which recounts the story of the Packers’ rich history from Lambeau to Lombardi. He recently published The Greatest Story in Sports, a four-volume definitive history of the Green Bay Packers.

“The Packers are proud to see Cliff honored with the Legacy Award from the International Sports Heritage Association,” said Aaron Popkey, director of public affairs for the Packers. “Cliff’s work as a historian has been incredibly valuable to the organization. His hard work and dedication to capturing our history thoroughly and accurately are unmatched. We’re pleased to celebrate his contributions to sports heritage as a whole.”

About ISHA

The International Sports Heritage Association is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971.  The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.  ISHA includes nearly 150 regular members from countries such as China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.  In addition, corporations and individuals participate in and contribute to the growth of ISHA as Associate Members.  For more information about ISHA, visit www.sportsheritage.org.

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The ISHA Conference is only two weeks away, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to register and join us! The ISHA Board is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Green Bay, WI at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located in legendary Lambeau Field. We learn better together, and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will be the perfect backdrop for delegates to learn best practices to help their museum grow and thrive in the future.

The digital handbook on Sched is your key to all things conference; connect with other delegates, view the full schedule of sessions and events, view a map of Lambeau Field and more. Use the link below to register for an account. Sign up with Sched

We’ve got many great sessions lined up, including starting a podcast, empowering women and girls through sport, brand and fan engagement and more! We’ll explore the Packers Heritage Trail and several local breweries on our pre-conference trip and cap off the conference with An Evening of Champions Banquet at Rockwood Terrace.

See you in Green Bay!

We’re getting excited for the ISHA Conference at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame from September 27-29, 2022! If you haven’t already registered for the conference, make sure to do so by August 26th before conference rates go up.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located in legendary Lambeau Field, is home to over a century of football history. Through immersive exhibits, high tech interactives, and a treasure trove of artifacts, the museum celebrates one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League. The Hall of Fame explores the legacies of some of the league’s most infamous players and coaches, honors great moments and memorable games, and details the unique structure of the Packers organization and its relationship with the community. The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will be the perfect backdrop for delegates to learn best practices to help their museum grow and thrive in the future.

Register online today!

Exterior Flags at Beyond the Hall exhibition.

Beyond The Hall

An immersive, interactive digital experience representing six (6) of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s galleries – are on exhibit at the top of the Calgary Tower! In partnership with the Calgary Tower, and Scotiabank, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has brought the value, culture and history of sport, to the very top of this Calgary landmark.

Created in partnership with students and leading educators at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technologies (SAIT), this interactive, multimedia exhibit offers Calgary Tower visitors the opportunity to engage with the Olympic/Paralympic Games Gallery, Glide Gallery, Mary Simpson Ride Gallery, The Evolution of Ice Hockey Gallery, Women in Sport Gallery, and Motion Gallery.

National Indigenous People’s Day panel.

National Indigenous People’s Day

On Tuesday, June 21 Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame & Calgary Public Library joined together to celebrate the rich contributions of Indigenous Sport Heroes.

Hundreds of students and attendees were captivated by the wisdom of Hall of Famer, Chief Wilton Littlechild as he shared about balance being the key to success in all areas of life, in his educational keynote, presented by ATB Financial and CN.

Visitors to Central Library enjoyed the opportunity to peruse the Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience, interact with memorabilia and original sport artefacts from Indigenous Hall of Famers, try out modern-day lacrosse with Elev8 Classroom Lacrosse, learn about and participate in traditional Indigenous Games, engage in an interactive Traditional Dene Games demonstration, learn about and sample Indigenous foods, and participate in Indigenous language activities.

The day’s festivities closed with a powerful panel discussion surrounding the role of sport on the path to reconciliation, presented by Black Diamond Group, which featured Hall of Famer, Sharon Anne Firth, Tom Longboat Award Winner, James Lavallée, Fitness Trainer/Wellness Advocate, Kendra Jessie Rosychuk , President of Indigenous Sport Council Alberta, Shannon Dunfield, Senior Indigenous Relations Officer, Black Diamond Group, Scott McLeod, and VP & COO, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Janice Smith.

Want to learn more about remarkable Indigenous sport heroes? Be sure to check out the Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience (digital book); a national education initiative designed for K-12 students that inspires conversation about the rich sporting history of 14 Indigenous Hall of Famers inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

66th Annual Order or Sport Save the Date

Each October, the Order of Sport Awards takes place to honour the culmination of the induction process, to celebrate induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. From nomination, to selection and announcement, to induction – each member of the annual Class of Athletes and sport Builders anticipates the moment the Order of Sport scarf is placed around their neck, Order of Sport pin over their heart and the Order of Sport award placed in their hands.

Receipt of the Order of Sport is a moment that signifies the immense contributions made to Canada through sport and this celebratory event is where the impact of receiving this honour is shared with the nation. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is proud to be hosting the 66th Annual Order of Sport Awards, presented by Everest live in Toronto and around the world! The Class of 2022 will be celebrated at a dinner reception and awards show in downtown Toronto as they are presented the Order of Sport award – Canada’s highest sporting honour, marking their induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The awards show will be live streamed across the nation for all Canadians to collectively celebrate this remarkable Class of Athletes, sport Builders and Trailblazers.

The 66th Annual Order of Sport Awards will be hosted live Metro Toronto Convention Centre and include the following elements:

  • Sport in Canada dinner reception
  • Live Awards show in the John Basset Theatre
  • Emceeing and hosting by Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean and Tara Slone
  • Awards presentation to the Class of 2022
  • Live Musical performances from a prominent Canadian band

Order of Sport Awards presented by Everest – Order of Sport

Our Story – CSHOF

Since Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s museum closed to the public in March 2020, Canada’s only national museum of sport is impacting more Canadians than ever before. The organization knew the over 700 Hall of Famers inducted in its 66-year history were bigger than one physical location, and with the COVID-19 pandemic serving as a catalyst, has doubled down on a vision to bring this nation’s rich sporting history to the community.

Our Story: The evolution of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – YouTube

Interior of Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame museum gallery.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame won a pair of prestigious awards in June for their Never Give Up educational program.

For the second year in a row, the SSHF was honoured with the Canadian Association for Sports Heritage’s CASH Award of Excellence. Two weeks later the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) also honoured Never Give Up with the MAS Award of Merit – Institution (budget over $100,000).

Never Give Up is targeted toward at-risk students in Grades 4-8 and involves SSHF inductees who have overcome obstacles and hardships to achieve their own personal goals in sport and life. The students benefitting from this program represent a range of diverse life experiences and thus, so too do the presenters who currently include a war refugee, an amputee, and three Paralympians.

Never Give Up hit its stride in 2021 when the Covid-19 pandemic required that all education programming be conducted virtually. Over the 24 sessions (six weeks in May/June and six weeks in October/November), the program reached 35 different communities and a total of 2,047 participants.

The SSHF’s new featured exhibit Fanfare debuted in June. Billed as a celebration of football, the exhibit highlights items in the collection from Saskatchewan’s Grey Cup-winning teams and the Grey Cups that have been hosted in Regina as the Canadian football championship game returns to the province in November. Fanfare also features the debut of some of the footage from the 16mm film reels that were digitized in the past year.

The SSHF also launched their Creating Active Champions program for another summer on July 4. The seven-week program teaches physical literacy, promotes physical activity, and shares Saskatchewan sport history to elementary-aged children.

Compilation image of Ashley Meeks announcing her win of a 2022 PAULY Award for Tourism Manager of the Year.

Knoxville, TN — The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Director of Events and Retail, Ashley Meeks, was announced as the winner of the 2022 PAULY Award for Tourism Manager of the Year at the Stars of the Industry Luncheon on May 5, 2022. The award is given by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association to a manger who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in leadership, service and community civic affairs.

Ashley received this esteemed award based of her dedication to serving all of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame guests and clients with professionalism and a great attitude, while providing outstanding leadership to her team. Guests comment regularly on her professionalism and kindness that she shows to them and they are amazed at her vast knowledge and ability to speak to the importance of the Hall of Fame and Knoxville. Her team says she is the calm in the mist of crazy events and is always positive in the sea of endless event demands.

The PAULY Awards represent dedication, devotion and hard work in the hospitality industry and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is proud of Ashley for receiving the PAULY Award for Tourism Manager of the Year. She is an integral part of our Hall of Fame family.

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame class of 2022 in front of media backdrop with organization logo.

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2022 inductee class. Three athletes, one team and two builders will be celebrated for their outstanding contributions to Nova Scotia sport.

Olympian, Paralympian, World Champion, and Stanley-Cup winner are all accolades that can be used to describe this year’s athlete inductees, and the 2022 class will also include two incredible coaches as well as one team that achieved a trailblazing Canadian championship win.

The athletes who will be enshrined are Olympic snowboarder and Canadian Champion Sarah Conrad, NHL player and Stanley Cup winner Jon Sim, and three-time Paralympic medalist and two-time World Champion sailor Paul Tingley. The Hall will also welcome the 1994 Dalhousie Women’s CIAU-Championship-winning soccer team. In the builder category, CIAU-Championship-winning hockey coach Tom Coolen, along with Olympic paddling coach Csom Latorovszki, will also be inducted.

Induction Night 2022 will take place on Saturday, November 19 at 8pm, at the Halifax Convention Centre.

The ceremony will be hosted by long-time event emcee, Hall of Fame CEO and CBC broadcaster Bruce Rainnie, and, thanks to a continuing partnership with Eastlink Community TV, this will be the third year that the ceremony will be broadcast live.

Tickets are available for purchase now through Eventbrite here.

The full media release, including more information on the 2022 inductees, can be found here: https://nsshf.com/recent-media-releases/

Portrait of Ernie Weimer on green background.

Blair Bosch, Brooks Washenfelder, and Ernie Weimer will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame on August 20, 2022, in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Call 306-446-1983 for information.

Blair Bosch – 2022

Blair Bosch in his baseball uniform.

Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Blair Bosch.

Blair Bosch started his career and passion for baseball as a 12-year old boy in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan. He would walk 5 miles to town and back to play in the Little League baseball team from 1970 to 1973, then in High School, with the Fox Valley Lions baseball team from 1974 to 1978.

Blair and his wife moved to Richmound, Saskatchewan in 1979 where he furthered his career playing for the Richmound Rockets from 1979 through to 2013. 34 years! He started with #5 on his back and finished with #50. Blair played left field, first base and pitcher, winning the Sask-Alta League pitching title with a 5-1, in 1987. In 2000, he won the league batting average with .679.

Blair was known as the best ball player around as he was talented and a team player. Blair had a passion for the game of baseball that was as natural to him as breathing!

Off the field, Blair coached Little League in Richmound from 1991 to 1997, and High School baseball from 1997 to 1999, instilling the importance of talent, heart and good sportsmanship to being a good player. He continued to play, coach and ump for the Rockets.

Blair taught his 3 children the value of teamwork and hard work. He was honoured to be able to play with the Rockets along with both of his sons over the years, and even playing with both at the same time with the last year being 2011. Blair was part of the Rockets team in various roles in 2009 and 2013, the years the Richmound Rockets won League Championships, the year 2009 being the first time on 50 years the Rockets brought the trophy home. Circumstances prevented Blair from attending the playoffs in 2009, however, he played an important role in getting the team there.

Although 2013 was the last year Blair played, stats from 2014 to 2019 include him at bat, indicating whenever needed, he would fill in for the team.

Blair also played with the Richmound Rockets Sask Alta 35 and over team from1986-1991, and the 40 and over from 1992 until the league removed their team from the league a few years later.

After retiring in 2020 from his profession in oil and gas, Blair and his wife moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he joined the Medicine Hat  Senior Slow Pitch League.

Brooks Washenfelder – 2022

Brooks Washenfelder in baseball uniform kneeling.

Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Brooks Washenfelder.

Brooks was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, in 1969. He started playing baseball at the age of 8 and continued playing throughout the minor league age divisions. He was very dedicated and worked hard to develop his baseball skills.

Brooks played second base most of the time but also was an excellent fielder with a great glove and greater instincts on how to field a ball. He was a top batter with an average of around .400. This made a difference in winning many games. He was a skilled player knowing and playing ‘the right way’.

1984-This talented young player was a member of the 1984 Yorkton Cardinals Bantam Provincial Champions when the Cardinals got a big RBI double from Brooks which was described as the turning point in the game, erasing a 5-3 Weyburn lead into a17-5 Yorkton victory. The team went undefeated in this championship!

1987-In this first Yorkton Provincial Juvenile title ever, Brooks pitched and played second base, going for 4 with 3 RBI’s. The team played flawless baseball in a 15-0 win over the Wawota Pats to capture the Provincial Championship title.

1988-The Bisons [19 and under] Championships were held before a hometown crowd at Jubilee Park in Yorkton. Brooks scored twice in a very exciting 10th inning Bison title win for Yorkton.

Also, in 1988 Brooks was one of 7 of 9 Yorkton starters picked as the best players in their positions for the tournament earning them a berth in the Nationals in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Coach of the team, Keith Washenfelder, was awarded the “Best Coach” of the tournament.

1989-Again, Brooks played in the two winning games with the Yorkton Junior Anavets by driving in several runs and scoring a number of runs winning the 4th Provincial Championship for the Yorkton Junior Anavets.

2012-Brooks was a member of the Yorkton Orioles Senior baseball team that competed and won the tournament in the Hudson Bay Twilite 35+ Baseball Tournament.

Linus Westburg [a broadcaster in Yorkton], states in a letter of support for Brooks nomination, that he has known Brooks for more than 30 years, and experienced the spirit and excitement Brooks brought to the games. He willingly helped younger players; consoling fellow players and offering encouragement. He was a true sportsman. In 1988 when the Yorkton Anavets qualified for the Nationals, Brooks was a key member of that team. Brooks never looked for recognition and always did the best he could for his team in the great game of baseball!

Brooks played in five [5] consecutive baseball championship teams.

Brooks was bench boss for his son’s youth teams for several years.

Brooks ran several baseball instructional camps.

Brooks obtained his degree in education, married his wife, Jackie and raised three children.

Brooks and Jackie continue to live in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Ernie Weimer – 2022

Portrait of Ernie Weimer on green background.

Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Ernie Weimer.

Ernie Weimer was born in January of 1941, in Leader, Saskatchewan. As a youth, Ernie loved the game of baseball, however, he excelled in track and field as well. Ernie started playing organized baseball in 1952, at the age of 11 years. The St. Johns’ team [a unique community center 10 miles north of Fox Valley near the Weimer farm] was a catholic team made up of farm boys. Ernie’s raw talents were guided by his coaches, Pete Fandrick and Mike Mickilesky.

At 15, Ernie joined the Fox Valley Lions of the Sask Alta Baseball League. This young, smooth fielding short stop had a cannon for an arm. With this powerful right arm, Ernie became one of the elite pitchers.

In 1958, at the age of 17, Ernie helped Fox Valley edge out Hilda 10-9 in the Sask Alta Baseball League final game, taking the championship. Ernie scored the winning run from second base in the bottom of the ninth, as well as a homerun earlier in the game.

In 1962, Fox Valley won the league pennant as well as the league championship. Excerpts from The Leader News states, “Ernie Weimer toed the rubber for the Lions, pitching nine innings of superb baseball, offering up very few hits in a 9-0 victory over Burstall.” League archives, such as newspapers easily recognized Ernie’s many accomplishments on the baseball field in hitting, pitching and fielding! Another tribute was that he was in such demand to play for other teams in the area for baseball tournaments.

In 1964, Ernie unfortunately sustained an injury to his right arm that ended his playing baseball. He was only 23 when he gave up playing the game he loved, but began coaching minor ball for many years in Fox Valley, bringing out the best in his team both on and off the field. This included his own 4 sons over the years. Ernie took his love and respect of the game another step forward and began umping, working Sports days, Sask Alta playoffs and the Twilight League which was highlighted in 1982 when Leader hosted the Provincial Maxi Tournament. Ernie with his stellar muscular build and powerful voice settled disputes quickly.

Ernie and his good wife Lillian, still reside on the farm 10 miles north and 1 mile east of Fox Valley, Saskatchewan. Ernie truly loved the game of baseball [after Lillian and the kids, of course], then his farm followed by pheasant hunting in the fall and ice fishing in the winter.

The prairie winds of summer still whisper the sounds and echoes of a day gone by where baseball was played on a field, and memories are the link to the past!

“Thank you, Ernie, for those wonderful memories and your efforts over the many years in keeping the game of baseball alive in all of us.”

Marquis Wheat Kings BB Team

The game of baseball started in Marquis, Saskatchewan in the 1920’s into the 1980’s. The Marquis Wheat Kings began in 1950, playing in the Moose Jaw and District League.

From 1951 to 1957 this team played tournament ball around the province throughout the summer. In 1957 several of the Wheat King players were asked to play with the Moose Jaw Lakers, Southern Saskatchewan Baseball League, for the last half of the season. They helped the Lakers clinch a playoff berth that season.

In 1958, Dalton Skeoch and George Guillaume went to Wilcox to see Father Athol Murray and to attend the annual general meeting in order for the Wheat Kings to enter their team in the Southern Saskatchewan Baseball League. Father Murray gave an empowering talk, admiring their passion for the game and although there were only a few members in that team and coming from a small community, they were allowed to join the league.

Dalton Skeoch and George Guillaume were both player and coach for the Marquis team that inaugural season. Teams in that league included Swift Current, Estevan, Weyburn, Assiniboia, Regina, Belcarres, Moose Jaw, Rowletta and Marquis.

The team carried on through the 1959 and 1960 season winning about 40%of their games. It was always a challenge for the Wheat Kings to field a team and stay competitive. Most of the pick-up players from the Marquis area farmed and this was their first priority. Given their results, they answered the challenge. They consistently had pitchers and batters in the published statistics for the league.

The formation of this team was instrumental for the small community of Marquis as they supported the Wheat Kings faithfully by having around 200 season ticket holders.

The team was also supported by Ken Nerriams of CHAB Radio in Moose Jaw as he recognized the level of baseball they were playing and the challenge they had with a limited player pool.

This nomination included samples of the many game reports and statistics from the newspaper.