News Release - Larry Irving Honoured

(April 1, 2015, Chemainus) The Municipality of North Cowichan Council has recognized Larry Irvings commitment and dedication to baseball by renaming a Chemainus Ball Park field in his honour. Formerly referred to as the Babe Ruth diamond, the field is now called the Larry Irving Field.

We are very pleased that we can recognize Larry in this way, said Mayor Jon Lefebure. I think Larry may have been born holding a baseball bat. He is a baseball lifer. As a youth and an adult he played the sport, coached, and was a dedicated volunteer with the Chemainus Baseball Association. We are incredibly grateful for the important contribution he made to the community.

Fondly known as Mr. Sports Page, Larry Irving devoted over 50 years of volunteer service to the Chemainus and Duncan Baseball Associations contributing his talent to coaching and volunteering as an umpire, statistician, groundskeeper, and equipment manager.

Several of the teams Mr. Irving coached won championships, and many participated in local, regional and national tournaments including the Youth World Series, and the California and Pacific Northwest Championships.

In 1999, Mr. Irving was named Commissioner of the Year by B.C. Babe Ruth Baseball for his commitment to promoting the program, which focuses on ensuring children of all athletic ability develop their skills and have fun.

Mr. Irving was inducted into the North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame in 2013.