Baseball New Zealand Hall of Fame and Life Members
To be named as an Inductee to the Baseball New Zealand Hall of Fame or as a Life Member of Baseball New Zealand is a huge and prestigious honour and as expected, only a select few have so far had either of these honours bestowed upon them.
Hall of Fame
The Baseball New Zealand Hall of Fame was first introduced in 2016 at the organisations inaugural Awards Evening and it was a great priviledge to induct the very first Hall of Famer, Ed Mason. Ed is credited with founding the modern game of baseball in 1989 and led the way for what the game has become in this country today. In 2017, Life Member and Baseball New Zealand Director John Fellet was inducted into the hall of fame for his tireless work both as a coach for his beloved Howick-Pakuranga club and numerous age group representative teams and latterly as a Board Member. In 2018, John and Ed were joined by Glenn Campbell, another tireless worker who has coached, umpired and administered the game of baseball for over 30 years.
Ed Mason (2016)
Hall of Fame Inscription
The Founder of the Modern Game of Baseball in New Zealand. From his North American beginnings, Ed’s love of sport and his joy in seeing young people succeed led him to formally put the sport of baseball on the map of New Zealand sports in 1989, leading the sport’s early days with a calm demeanor and sense of humor that helped ensure the game’s start was built on good faith—and good baseball. Ed continues to support baseball and his beloved Ice Hockey and regularly attends baseball events, tournaments and games and the first game of every new Auckland baseball season is played for the Ed Mason Trophy.
John Fellet (2017)
A mountainous CV in New Zealand baseball history, both on the field and off, which shows no signs of abating, John thought he left baseball behind in his native Arizona when he arrived in the country. Soon, he would become one of its greatest contributors, going far beyond the call of duty, winning five national championships in the men’s premier grade in ten total finals appearances and leading a national U21 team to its best placing in Australia’s top tournament for this age grade. Off the field, no one has pushed the sport further into the public sphere, while consistently helping individual players and coaches reach their goals through a contribution of resources, knowledge and his time. This years inductee hails from Arizona in the United States and has given his all to Baseball in New Zealand in both coaching and governance roles. He has coached his beloved Howick-Pakuranga team to four New Zealand Championships, coaching many of this country’s top players along the way from childhood right through to playing professionally and internationally for the New Zealand Diamondblacks. He has also found time to play an influential role on the Board of Directors for Baseball New Zealand for many years, an achievement in itself given his high profile job as Chief Executive of SKY Television, assisting Baseball New Zealand to get not only World Baseball Classic games on to our television screens, but also key Oceania tournaments and this year televising live the play off and final games at the National U13 Ripken Championships.
Glenn Campbell (2018)
Baseball scouts have a phrase when trying to describe a potential prospect. They use the term “a 5 Tool Player”. By this they mean a player who can hit for average, for power, who can run fast, field well and who has a strong throwing arm.In looking for candidates for the New Zealand Baseball Hall of Fame we are also looking for 5 tool players—individuals who have coached, who have administered the game, umpired, given their time over a long period and who have given their financial support to our great game.This year’s inductee to the New Zealand Baseball Hall of Fame certainly qualifies as 5 tool player.He and his two boys converted from cricket to baseball in 1994, and this is when Glenn Campbell became involved with Howick Baseball and served as president during its formative years. In 1999 he stepped up his game and also served as chairman of Baseball New Zealand during a crucial 4 year period. And to complete his trifecta of chairmanships, he then served as chairman of the Auckland Baseball Association.He has been a head coach for both an under 13s and Under 16s teams who found early success overseas, and for many years he tirelessly gave up his weekends to umpire baseball games at all levels of the sport.In spite of these efforts, perhaps his greatest contribution to the game of baseball in New Zealand is siring his two sons, Aaron and Scott Campbell, two of the leading standouts the program has ever produced.May I present to you this year’s inductee to the New Zealand Baseball Hall of Fame…Glenn Campbell.
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