TORONTO - He’s been a coach, a scout, Mr. Baseball in Calgary as general manager of the triple-A Calgary Cannons and CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont.
And now, after 10 years, the hard-working Tom Valcke has informed the Hall’s board of directors he is resigning for a new challenge.
The Windsor, Ont. native was formerly the director of Canadian scouting for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and worked again for the Bureau in California after his tenure as the Cannons GM.
Kingston, Ont.’s Scott Crawford, current director of operations takes over, although Valcke will probably still be at his office until early next year to assist with the change over.
Valcke found funding for a field of dreams three-diamond complex at St. Marys which hosts more than 500 events annually.
“Our time here in St. Marys and my decade of service to the Ball Hall, have given me great pride and joy, nothing but pleasant memories to carry forward,” Valcke said in a statement.
“Tom’s ongoing efforts to manage the Hall’s daily and annual activities demonstrate his commitment to baseball and the Canadian identity of the game,” said board member Bob Stephens. “His passion is second to none, contagious to our staff, volunteers, inductees, members and partners.”
It’s been a year of change for the Hall, losing respected Judge Randy Echlin, head of the selection committee, who passed Sept. 9, after a battle with cancer. Valcke and Echlin, the public face of the Hall of Fame were dear friends.
“Tom has been instrumental in branding us nation-wide, establishing our credibility as a tourist destination and leading the development of our facilities,” board member Harry Gundy said. “His accomplishments include moving the Hall from a vision to a reality, our complex, the Kids On Deck summer programs and our induction ceremony weekend that draws thousands of fans and garners national media attention.”