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Vancouver Canadians: Hall of Fame Week 3

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 — 9:30am PDT
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Thanks to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, I’ve been able to send 20 people to Vancouver Canadians games this summer and profile some inspirational hall of fame inductees (Week 1), (Week 2).

With BC Place Stadium re-opening this gall, the BC Sports Hall of Fame will have a newly remodeled home and they will continue to celebrate the achievements of British Columbians in sport throughout history. Today’s featured Hall of Famer is Arnold Hallgren who was the first BC baseball player to make the 40-man roster of a major league ball club.

Photo courtesy BC Sports Hall of Fame

Before Ted Bowsfield, Larry Walker, and, more recently, Jason Bay, it was Arnie Hallgren’s trail around the bases that BC’s Little Leaguers wished to follow…

…In February 1953, Hallgren, age 19, was invited to attend the Boston (later Milwaukee and now Atlanta) Braves spring training in Florida. He was extended $6 per day meal money and $25 per week for expenses. Yep, times were a little different then. Ted Williams was in the twilight of his career; Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were on the rise. And the American and National Leagues comprised 16 teams, not the 32 of today’s watered down, 8-figure annual salary that bears little resemblance to the baseball of yesteryear.

…Hallgren returned to his hometown in 1954, when the Braves loaned him to Vancouver of the Western International League, where he played outfield for the pennant-winning Capilanos. In 1955, with Boise of the Pioneer League he won the league’s batting championship, hitting .348 with 171 hits and 139 runs batted in. He followed that up with another batting title in 1958 in the Northwest League. Read more about Arnold Hallgren

I have one more giveaway in this series so here’s how you can enter to win 10 tickets as well as the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday, August 15th when the Canadians take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

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  • I want to throw out the first pitch & win 10 tickets to see @VanCanadians thanks to @BCSportsHall & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 10:00am. The winner will need to confirm their attendance within 24 hours to ensure all arrangements can be made.

    You can read and learn about amazing sports pioneers and stars on the BC Sports Hall of Fame website and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

    Individual Canadians game tickets in the reserved grandstand start at just $12.50.

    Update The winner is Val!


    1. Alakitten says:

      We’ve been going to the games! It’s a lot of fun and would be great to win a prize pack!!

    2. Caitlin says:

      I haven’t seen enough baseball this summer..!

    3. tania says:

      a baseball game would be so fun!

    4. Andrew says:

      Go Canadians Go!

    5. John Mah says:

      what a nice summer activity to watch !

    6. Val says:

      My little girls and I want them to throw out the first pitch & win 10 tickets to see the game!

    7. Alessa says:

      Have my fiancΓ©e’s family in town for the wedding, would love to take them all to a game! They’ve never been to one, or to Canada!

    8. Drew says:

      take me out to the ballgame!

    9. Rob says:

      Heeeyyy – batter, batter, batter, batter, batter.

      Got to get back to the Nat

    10. au says:

      love to be in the game, thnx miss604!

    11. Hayley says:

      this is so cool!

    12. Maria says:

      I just love baseball!

    13. Carly says:


    14. Gina says:

      This would be awesome πŸ™‚

    15. Dennis Sato says:

      My son is getting really into baseball. I just bought him
      A new glove. He would love this! Can he throw the pitch ?

    16. Nathaniel wai says:

      This would be amazing for my softball team – almost won our league this year: consolation prize? Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    17. Kate says:

      I’ve sung the anthem at Nat Bailey, but have never actually seen the Canadians play. I think it’s about time!

    18. Darcy says:

      My boyfriend would die!!!!!

    19. Renfrew says:

      My son is an East Van Little League player and would love this!

    20. Lydia says:

      Loooove watching baseball and this prize would be such a great end to summer!

    21. Jennifer says:

      I would love to experience being in the crowd for a baseball game.

    22. Ginger Gervais says:

      Wooo awesome contest! Count me in πŸ™‚

    23. Greg says:

      Take me out to the ballgame!

    24. Sharylin says:

      We’ve talked about going to a game and going with a bunch of folks would be great fun!

    25. Tracy says:

      Sounds like a fun time!!

    26. Laura says:

      Used to play baseball, haven’t in years. I should warm up my throwing arm so I don’t suck so much πŸ˜‰

    27. Alysha says:

      Ive ALWAYS wanted to go to a Canadians game…or any baseball game!

    28. Leanne M. says:

      I want to throw out the first pitch & win 10 tickets to see @VanCanadians thanks to @BCSportsHall & @Miss604

      Thought I’d post it here too πŸ˜‰ … I’m new to miss604, very cool to find you and this contest!

    29. Lauren says:

      This sounds like lots of fun! Thanks for the chance to win

    30. Michelle W. says:

      Take ME out to the ballgame! I’d LOVE to go!

    31. Dorie says:

      Love watching kids do the chicken dance and everybody singing during the seventh inning stretch! Go C’s Go!

    32. Dimetri says:

      Watched baseball, played baseball, coached baseball, umped baseball, met my wife on the baseball field, LOVE baseball! Baseball always! Baseball anytime!

    33. Anna says:

      My Dad’s always quizzing me, “What’s the 6 – 4 – 3?” And I get it right every time!!! That’s a double play Dad! Short to second to first….and they’re both OUT! Please chhoooose me so I can take my Dad to see the C’s win!

    34. Virginia says:

      Haven’t been to Nat Bailey (or whatever it’s called now!) for awhile. Would be fun to win!

    35. Angie says:

      This would be so fun! Would love to win and throw the first pitch πŸ™‚

    36. Carmen says:

      would love to go!!, went to dog days and it was so much fun!

    37. Henry says:

      Been to several of their home games. Love them!

    38. Andrew says:

      There is nothing I’d rather do in Vancouver than to go watch a ballgame.

    39. liz says:

      Way to go Arnie Hallgren!Loved reading his bio.Love the Vancouver Canadians and of course Bud’s special section at The Nat!!!

    40. Mae says:

      Love baseball.

    41. Ken Taylor says:

      Would be so amazing to throw the first pitch at a game!! What a amazing prize!!!

    42. Charles says:

      Baseball Woooo

    43. Joanna says:

      My softball team won our division last week, I would love to take the team to celebrate.

    44. I’m arriving in Vancouver for my “big life” move in two days and this would be a fabulous way to start the new chapter of my life!!

    45. Mike says:

      This time for real. C’mon first pitch and go Canadians!

    46. my dad would be so proud.

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