John Eugene Ducey
Baseball Builder - Inducted 1980
John Ducey is known as "Mr. Baseball" in Edmonton. He affected the game of baseball in Alberta since he began as a bat boy in 1920. After five seasons as a player, John Ducey turned to umpiring both amateur and professional games. In 1946, he continued to pursue his interest in baseball as an administrator, manager, executive, scout and sometime-coach of semi-pro and pro teams in Edmonton. Since 1964, John Ducey has been involved with the Edmonton Oldtimers Baseball Association which he helped to organize.
John Ducey was among the first six men to be inducted into Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
After John's death, Renfrew Park was renamed their ballpark in his honour. In 1997, The city of Edmonton renamed the avenue by the ballpark, John Ducey Way.
Timeline & Awards:
1954 - Edmonton's Sportsman of the Year
1957 - Edmonton's Sportsman of the Year
1983 - Canada's Baseball Hall of Fame
1984 - Renfrew Park / Telus Field, was renamed John Ducey Park in his honour on March 13.
1997 - The City of Edmonton renamed the avenue by the ballpark, John Ducey Way.
1998 - "The Rajah of Renfrew" - book by Brant Ducey (John's son) about John Ducey.
John Ducey: Born August 31, 1908 in Buffalo,
Passed away September 11, 1983 in Edmonton, AB