With a smile on our face, a tear in our eye, and a hole in our hearts, Babe Ruth League announces the retirement of Gord Welbourne.
Gord, who resides in Surrey, British Columbia, began his affiliation with the Babe Ruth program in 1968. He first served at the local league level in many capacities, such as an umpire-in-chief, manager, coach, and League President. After leaving the local league level, Gord went on to serve as an Assistant Provincial Commissioner and then as Provincial Commissioner for British Columbia. Gord was elected as the Pacific Northwest Regional Commissioner and as a member of the Babe Ruth League International Board of Directors in 1991, a position he held until his recent retirement.
Gord has donated above and beyond in time and resources to support the Babe Ruth League program and its participants. He believes that communities make up society and a better society will improve humanity.
In honor of the wisdom, confidence and heart Gord has shown leading the Babe Ruth team in the Pacific Northwest, he was awarded the Baseball B.C. Roll of Honour, the Western Canada Baseball Life Membership Award, and was inducted into the B.C. Babe Ruth Hall of Fame and the Babe Ruth League, Inc. International Hall of Fame.
Professionally, Gord retired from the Workers’ Compensation Board after 35 years of employment.
Gord’s departure ends a special era in which under his astute leadership he has brought the games of baseball and softball to millions of kids throughout the United States and Canada. However, with the solid foundation he has set, many more participants will continue to enjoy the games of baseball and softball.
Babe Ruth League thanks Gord for a job well done! And even though we are retiring his number from our lineup, he will always be a part of the Babe Ruth family.