Legendary Umpire Retiring after 40 Outstanding Years
Posted August 13, 2018
Local Umpire Legend Retiring After Outstanding 40 Year Career
At the spry age of 78 Aldergrove umpire Gord Hanly is retiring after 40 outstanding years in local, provincial, and national baseball levels. Gord joined the umpire community in 1978 while he was living on Vancouver Island and has continued to officiate in his retirement community of Aldergrove.
Gord has worked with many outstanding umpires at all levels and has been a greatly respected umpire – competency on the diamond combined with a professional and positive personality. Gord has also given back to the umpire community as he has mentored many younger and youth umpires.
Gord has umpired in the LMBA for a short period of time but our teams have greatly enjoyed having him on the diamond and he has made our games enjoyable for everyone. Gord requested two games over the weekend of August 18/19 as his final games on the diamond. On Saturday, Gord took the field at Queen’s Park Stadium in his vintage (1978) umpire attire – jacket, white shirt, tie, and dress pants – his original shoes wore out many years ago. Gord’s final game was on his home diamond in Aldergrove where again, he wore his vintage outfit.
Thanks to Dan Harder (Aldergrove Giants) for his kind words about Gord and to players from the Aldergrove Giants and Surrey Sentinels who offered sincere congratulations for an outstanding career. Home plate umpire Barrie Redekopp was thrilled to work Saturday’s game with Gord and thanks to the White Rock Eagles and White Rock Legends who offered congratulatory handshakes and sincere compliments following their game. Gord and Barrie are in the photo – Gord is the taller umpire.
On behalf of the LMBA and the entire baseball community, congratulations Gord, on a job well done! In the event you change your mind, there will always be a spot open in the LMBA.