50 for 50 contest: Top 50 moments revealed, voting begins May 5th
Friday, May 2, 2014
OTTAWA-The submissions are in, 50 moments/stories have been selected and placed into groups, and now it is time to determine the top moment/story in the 50-year history of Baseball Canada.
Beginning on Monday, May 5th at 12pm EST, you can have your say by selecting a moment or story that you feel is one of Baseball Canada’s finest.
Here is how the contest works:
Preliminary Round (May 5-July 11)
The preliminary round of voting will take place over a 10-week period beginning Monday, May 5th and wrapping-up on Friday, July 11th.
During the preliminary round a new group of five moments/stories will be posted on baseball.ca each Monday at 12pm EST (see schedule below). Voters will then have the opportunity to select the moment or story that they feel should move on to the semi-final round.
Semi-final Round (July 14-July 25)
Once the preliminary round is completed, ten moments/stories will remain and will be split into two groups of five.
The first semi-final round will begin on Monday, July 14th and conclude on Friday, July 18th, while the second semi-final round will commence on Monday, July 21st and conclude on Friday, July 25th.
At the end of the semi-final round, two moments/stories will remain and go head-to-head to determine a winner of the Baseball Canada 50 for 50 contest.
Final Round (July 28-August 1)
Final round voting will take place from Monday, July 28th – Friday, August 1st.
The winner of the 50 for 50 contest will be revealed during the week of the Baseball Canada Cup which takes place August 6th-11th.
Below you will find the 50 finalists for Baseball Canada’s 50 for 50 contest along with the ten groups and dates for voting.
* All voting will take place on baseball.ca. Voters will only be allowed to vote once per week.
Please click the link below for a list of 50 finalists for Baseball Canada’s 50 for 50 contest along with groups and voting dates/times.
*Bold indicates winner of group.
Week 1 (Voting: May 5th 12pm ET-May 9th 10am ET)
1) Québec wins back-to-back Baseball Canada Cups (2003 & 2004)
2) Women’s National Team program begins in 2004
3) Jr. National Team wins silver at 2012 IBAF 18U World Cup
4) First single site National Championships take place in Windsor (2003)
5) Brett Lawrie hits five home runs in 2008 doubleheader in Dominican Republic
Week 2 (Voting: May 12th 12pm ET-May 16th 10am ET)
1) Ontario dominated 2013 Nationals (6 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze)
2) Canada wins bronze at 1999 Pan Am Games
3) Umpire Stu Scheurwater makes MLB debut (April 2-14)
4) First true National Championship (1973, Midget in Barrhead, AB)
5) Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins coaches at 1987 Pan Am games
Week 3 (Voting: May 19th 12pm ET-May 23rd 10am ET)
1) Manitoba wins Junior National in 2010
2) Loewen/Francis taken in Top 10 in 2002 MLB Draft
3) Larry Walker 1st inductee onto Baseball Canada Wall of Fame (2008)
4) Launch of NCCP
5) Canada dominated at 2012 WBC Qualifier
Week 4 (Voting: May 26th 12pm ET-May 30th 10am ET)
1) Saskatchewan wins 1994 Baseball Canada Cup
2) Baseball Canada is established in 1964
3) Trevor Grieve umpires 2013 WBC Final
4) Jimmy Van Ostrand wins 2012 IBAF Player of the Year
5) Canada wins 2011 Pan Am Games gold medal
Week 5 (June 2nd 12pm ET-June 6th 10am ET)
1) National Team Qualifies for 2008 Olympics
2) Scott Thorman drafted in 1st round of 2000 MLB Draft
3) Chatham, NB wins 1995 Sr. National on home soil
4) Baseball Canada named 2011 COPABE Federation of the Year
5) Walker, Whitt, Soulliere inducted into CBHOF (2009)
Week 6 (Voting: June 9th 12pm ET-June 13th 10am ET)
1) BC’s dominance at Baseball Canada Cup-20 medals in 24 years
2) Canada suffers heartbreak at 2004 Athens Olympics
3) Baseball Canada introduces Pitch Count restrictions
4) Junior National Team program receives facelift in 1999
5) Canada wins bronze at 1993 World University Games
Week 7 (Voting: June 16th 12pm ET-June 20th 10am ET)
1) Alberta wins gold and silver as host of Midget Nationals in 2004
2) Modern-day record 26 Canadians play in MLB in 2011
3) Baseball Canada introduces Rally Cap program in 2006
4) Ernie Whitt becomes National Team Manager in 1999
5) Canada qualifies for 2004 Athens Olympics
Week 8 (Voting: June 23rd 12pm ET-June 27th 10am ET)
1) Charlottetown, PEI wins silver at 1977 Senior Nationals
2) Canada wins gold at 1991 World Youth Championships
3) Canada defeats Jim Abbott and Team USA at 1988 Seoul Olympics
4) Baseball Canada implements Challenger Baseball program in 2012
5) Baseball Canada holds National Summit in 2003
Week 9 (Voting: June 30th 12pm ET-July 4th 10am ET)
1) Newfoundland wins gold at Junior Nationals in 1966
2) Women’s National Team wins silver at 2008 IBAF World Cup
3) Kindersley, SK hosts 1984 World Youth (18U) World Championship
4) Blue Jays/Baseball Canada partnership
5) The legend of Stubby Clapp
Week 10 (Voting: July 7th 12pm ET-July 11th 10am ET)
1) Host Kentville (NS) Wildcats win 1985 Senior Nationals
2) Canada defeats USA in 2006 World Baseball Classic
3) Andrew Albers wins 2011 COPABE Player of the Year
4) Ray Carter-Longest tenured President in Baseball Canada history
5) Canada wins bronze at 2009 IBAF World Cup
Umpire of the Week
Umpires of the week coming soon
Out of the following five choices, which one do you feel should move on to the semi-final round?
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