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Year Player  
2019 Jim Nisbet, Jerry Large, Gary Wright,
Mike Silva

Gary Wright

2018 Jeff Armour, Rhys Westmoreland, Richard McCullough, Paul Ritchie
2016 Harold (Hal) Jones
2015 Bill Smith
2014 Dan Cranmer
2010 Andy Smith
2008 Bob Lancaster
2007 Roger Bourgeois, Mike Hamm
2006 Bob Brown (Umpire)
2003 Steve Press, Claudio Sebastian
2001 Rolly Charron
2000 Danny Chapman
1999 Ken Bartle
1998 Jim McKay
1994 Warner Thomas
1993 Willard Pilatzke
Hall of Fame

mike silvaMike Silva (2019)

August 12, 2019

Mike Silva (Chilli) was a former captain and player in BOSL! He passed away aug 11. For those who were not aware, Mike was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma at the age of 48. What started out as a pretty good outlook, needing only 3 rounds of chemo and 35 rounds of radiation quickly took a turn for the worse. The cancer spread to Mike’s bones and he was undergoing another 4 rounds of chemo with the hopes of maintaining the cancer and keeping it from spreading. His battle with cancer was long and difficult.

He registered to play this season but his physical limitations didn’t allow him to do so. We are asking that all Captains have their teams line up on their own baseline before games tonight and tomorrow to observe a moment of silence in Chilli's honour.

Mike had a very distinctive laugh and was loved by all in BOSL. His close friend Dave Geneau organized the BOSL family to attend a benefit to try and help out the family and raise his spirits. Thanks to all of you that managed to attend and/or donate. Mike leaves behind 4 children, 2 in their early 20’s: Kennedy and Braeden, an 8 year old son named Jackson and a 4 year old daughter named Addison and his beautiful wife Jenn. We miss you already Mike!

Visitation will be at McKersie Kocher funeral home in Milton on Wednesday August 14 from 2-4 and 7-9. A celebration of his life will take place Thursday August 15 at 2pm at McKersie Kocher funeral home with a reception to follow at Milton Bible Church (where his benefit was). Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us and supported us in anyway. In the words of Jackson and Addison “cancer sucks” > READ MORE

Gary WrightGary Wright (2019)

August 3, 2019

With great sadness we announce the passing of one of our fathers of BOSL - Gary Wright.

In the late 1970's there was interest in summer activities by some of the players in the BOHC. The idea of a baseball league soon emerged. A sign up sheet was posted in the BOHC lounge (Hectors) on Morris Drive. In 1980 the league was started by Gary Wright, a Stelco employee along with co-worker Andy Smith. According to Andy, 14 players making up two teams were the first members of the league in the summer of 1980. The season lasted a couple of weeks and was played on two diamonds in Burlington. The original season was played following Mushball rules (no glove and using a soft mush ball) but after several broken fingers it was decided to adopt traditional baseball play using a baseball glove for the following season.

Following the first season, interest picked up and it quickly grew to four teams and then to eight teams soon after. Gary Wright founded the Ladies Slo-Pitch League shortly afterward with similar success.

Jerry LargeJerold "Jerry" Large (2019)

June 29, 2019

LARGE, Jerold Norris "Jerry" With great sadness we announce the passing of Jerold Norris Large, 82, peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Joseph Brant Hospital surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judith Thomas, his step-children and grandchildren, sisters and brothers, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brother and step-daughter. Jerry worked as a gas inspector at Union Gas for 35 years until he retired in 1996, where he enjoyed golfing and going to watch the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Toronto Blue Jays. He was a member of the Burlington Slow Pitch Baseball LeagueBurlington Old Timers Hockey Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60, where he received Member of the Year Award for 2018. He was also a member of the Halton Naval Veterans Association. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A special thank you to the Doctors and staff at Joseph Brant Hospital as well as the staff at the Food Basics Pharmacy on Fairview Street in Burlington.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin Street Burlington Ontario at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29th.

Celebration of Life to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60, 828 Legion Road, Burlington.

Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to the Ontario Lung Association. Miss Me a little, but not too long And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me - but let me go.

Jim NisbetJim Nisbet (2019)

April 9, 2019

James (Jim) Alexander NISBET Passed away peacefully in Burlington on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Joan Nisbet. Cherished father of Peggy LaVigne (Glenn) and Mary Johnstone (Larry). Jim enjoyed a successful teaching career with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. He was passionate about sports and was a member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club for 25 years and was a long-time member of BOSL.


Jeff ArmourJeff Armour (2018)

December 24, 2018

Our sincere condolences to Pauline Armour and family for the recent passing of husband Jeff Armour. Jeff was very well known and well liked by many in the BOHC and BOSL. Jeff had registered to play next year in his 12th season of Slo-Pitch as a 2nd and 1st baseman and was currently the 1st-place goalie in the grey division of Oldtimers Hockey. Jeff was a valuable volunteer helping our BOHC advertising committee each year getting sponsors. He was an athlete and a gentleman in both leagues and will be sadly missed. > READ MORE

Paul RitchiePaul Ritchie (2018)

August 27, 2018

Our BOSL family lost another friend today. For those of you that didn’t know him he was the kindest, nicest man, one hell of a teammate and a past League President. Our deepest sympathies goes out to his family, friends and loved ones.

Paul joined BOSL 22 years ago having won his Bob Brown award in 2005. Paul served as a Board of Director from 1993 to 1999 and as President of the leaguefor one term. Always a candidate for Most Valuable Oldtimer and our Oldtimer of the Year Award, Paul is fun to play with and against, hits anywhere and has good speed. He has a great attitude and exemplifies sportsmanship in BOSL. Paul talked me into re-joining the league when he was registration director and I'm glad he did. > READ MORE

Richard McCulloughRichard McCullough (2018)

June 25, 2018

Our BOSL family lost a good one today. Our heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and teammates of Rich McCullough. (Ron Evinou)

I got the pleasure of seeing him through the summer for slowpitch and through the winter coaching hockey. He is a true gentleman and a class act, he will be missed (Kevin Elkins)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Rich on June 25, 2018. Devoted husband to Suzie, loving father to Blaze and RJ and stepfather to René and brother to Caroline. Rich will be dearly missed by his family and countless friends whose lives he touched. His undeniable sense of humour, infectious laugh and warm smile followed him everywhere he went, whether it was at the community hockey rink or the baseball diamond where he devoted so much time and effort to the Burlington Old Timers League. He always brightened everyone’s day. His love for hockey and passion to support his community was evident as a longstanding Burlington City Rep referee for the Burlington City Rep Eagles. He will be immensely missed but never forgotten with love in our hearts. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burlington City Rep Eagles or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Bill Smith (2015)

Feb 2, 2015

I have some bad news to pass on. Bill Smith, a long-time player in the BOSL passed away suddenly on February 2nd. I knew Bill through the BOSL during my first couple of years in the league and also through my regular visits to Hectors where Bill tended bar during the BOHC season. Bill was a worthy recipient of the Willard Pilatzke award in 2002. Fun and Fellowship was truly what Bill was all about. A memorial service will be held. (Jim Hindley)

Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60
Address 828 Legion Road
Burlington, ON

Jim Hindley