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Jody Davis
Calgary Outlaws Manager

Canadian Baseball League hires former Chicago Cubs catcher to manage the Calgary Outlaws; Calgary to host inaugural CBL All-Star Game; Perry Osberg named General Manager

VANCOUVER,18 February 2003 – The Canadian Baseball League is pleased to announce former Chicago Cubs catcher Jody Davis has been hired as the first ever manager of the Calgary Outlaws.

Davis, 46, a veteran of 1082 major league games, is best remembered for his time as the Chicago Cubs starting catcher from 1981 through 1988. In 1982, his best season, he hit .271 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI’s. A two-time National League All-Star, Davis also won a Gold Glove in 1986. He spent 2 1/2 seasons with the Atlanta Braves before retiring in 1990.

“I am very excited to part of the new CBL and the Calgary Outlaws” said Davis. “This is the beginning of a new tradition for Canadian baseball and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I have always been a very competitive person and look forward to bringing a championship to Calgary.”

“We’re happy to have Jody on board,” said CBL chairman Tony Riviera. “He’s an All-Star with over one thousand games in the big leagues. He brings tremendous experience to the CBL, and I am certain the fans in Calgary are going to love him” continued Mr. Riviera.

All-Star Game, July 23, Burns Stadium, Calgary

The CBL is also pleased to announce that the league’s inaugural All-Star Game will be played at Calgary’s Burns Stadium, Wednesday, July 23. The game, which features the best of the Western Division against the best of the CBL’s Eastern Division, will be televised nationally on the Score Television Network.

Osberg named GM

The CBL is also pleased to announce Perry Osberg has been named the General Manager of the Outlaws. Osberg, originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, brings both baseball and a corporate business background to the Outlaws. As a player and coach, he has won national championships at both the Senior Little League (1977) and Big League (1980) levels, and as a result is a two-time (1988, 1998) inductee in the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame. Osberg has been active coaching and managing in amateur baseball until 2000, when his son Tanner was drafted by the New York Mets.

About the Canadian Baseball League

The Canadian Baseball League is a new international professional baseball league offering high caliber baseball to cities across Canada beginning in May 2003. For more information please visit the official website of the Canadian Baseball League at

Contact: Alex Klenman, CBL Director of Communications, 604-689-1566

Special to Canadian Baseball News – 18 Feburary 2003

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