JACQUES DOUCET WINS GRANEY AWARD
Presentation to be made
at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
St. Marys Move over Andre Dawson. Jacques Doucet, the French radio voice of the Montreal Expos since 1972, will be awarded the 2004 Jack Graney Award before you take the stage at the 2004 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum Induction Ceremony of Andre Dawson, Jim McKean, Peter Hardy and JJ Lannin.
While Doucet called every one of Dawson's at bats as an Expo, it might be a challenge for him to see Dawson be inducted, as the ceremony begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 26th, but the Blue Jays are hosting the Expos at 4:00 PM that day. Doucet is thrilled with the honour, but is not going to miss a game because of it. Dawson will be the fourth and final inductee of the ceremony, which is slated to end at 12:30 PM in St. Marys.
"I am honoured to be recognized by the Canadian Hall of Fame," said Doucet from his home in Longueuil where he resides with his wife Corrie. "What I do is truly a labour of love, and this is just a bonus that comes along with it. I'm just a guy who loves the Montreal Expos."
The Jack Graney Award is presented by the CBHFM to a representative of the media who has made a significant contribution to the game of baseball in Canada through their life's work. It is not necessarily presented annually. The Graney Award is parallel to Cooperstown's Ford Frick Award. Prior to radio, Doucet covered the club as a beat writer for the daily newspaper La Presse since its inception in 1968. Also, for many years, he did the play-by-play for the Championship and World Series games and in 2003, made his play-by-play debut in RDS television for the post-season series in both leagues and the World Series. He was inducted in the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame in May 2002 and to the Expos' Hall of Fame in 2003. He enjoys reading, deer hunting, fishing and video games.
Past Jack Graney recipients include:
1987 Neil MacCarl (Toronto Star)
1988 Milt Dunnell (Toronto Star)
1990 Austin "Dink" Carroll (Montreal Star)
1991 Hal Kelly & Joe Crysdale (CKEY)
1996 Dave Van Horne (TSN & CIQC)
2001 Tom Cheek (The Team Radio)
2002 Ernie Harwell (WXYT Team 1270)
2003 Allan Simpson (Baseball America)
Jack Graney, who was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, had a career of "firsts". He was the first major league batter to face Babe Ruth (1914), the first player to bat wearing a number on his uniform (1916), the first Canadian to pinch hit in a World Series game (1920), and he became the first former player to broadcast a baseball game on radio. The well-known media personality broadcasted Cleveland Indians' games from 1932 to 1953. He was inducted in to the CBHFM in 1984.
ST. MARYS 16 June 2004
2004 SUMMER CAMPS for Boys & Girls
* Week-long camps (drop off Sunday, pick-up Saturday), including accommodation & meals
* Focus on baseball FUNdamentals, swimming, soccer & tennis, trip to SkyDome
* Social Justice and Cultural Awareness programs incorporated
* Baseball Celebrities to take part
Mark your calendar with these key dates in 2004:
June 25 8th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic
June 26 2004 Induction Ceremony
Lotto Draw $21,000 in Prizes
Grand Prize - July 10th
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
P.O. Box 1838 (140 Queen St. E.)
St. Marys, ON, Canada, N4X 1C2
Tel: (519) 284-1838
Toll Free: 1-877-250-BALL
Fax: (519) 284-1234