About Jerry Hale
“I had the pleasure of many years in the park with Jerry. He was a humble unassuming man, who went about the business of the park very quietly, not wishing recognition, always saw the good in others, always there to offer a helping hand and most of all he loved the kids and they loved him. Jerry was one of the first people I met when we moved to Victoria. He lived 2 doors down from me. One lovely winter day, I was outside with my son and Jerry saw us. He came over and said hello, welcome to the neighbourhood and “how old is this lad”? Almost 5 years old. Well, Jerry said, there is a great baseball park, just down the road. You will love it, like I do. And as they say, the rest is history!!”
The Jerry Hale Award
The Jerry Hale award is an award that is given annually to a graduating Majors Baseball player. This prestigious award’s namesake was an institution in itself. Jerry Hale was at National for 37 years and in that time he held every position on the executive, except for president. During baseball season Jerry showed up at the park every morning on his way to work to turn the sprinkler on. He kept score for every major game and because of that he also kept all the stats. He led every work party for many years to make sure the field was in tip top shape. He never had any children of his own, but adopted all the players that happened to call National their home park. All his “kids” had to do was ask and Jerry would supply them with a freezie. Jerry was a remarkable man who kept giving, never asking for anything in return. This tremendous award named in Jerry’s Honor represents the many values that he held dear. Sportsmanship, fair play, volunteerism, & team spirit With a new building giving the park a whole new look, and perhaps bringing in a few more registrants, we can not forget Jerry or his many contributions to National.