1998

Harry Beecham

Harry beecham In 1948 a small group of baseball enthusiasts, led by Harry Beecham and Hal Brown formed the Brampton Minor Baseball Association. From a humble beginning consisting of four teams that played Saturday mornings at Rosalea Park, the BMBI has grown to become one of the largest and most respected associations in all of Canada. Harry served in various capacities for the BMBI for over 30 years, from 1948 - 1980, including 5 years as president and many other years as a well-respected umpire. Harry was always the first to point out to his players and teams that disadvantages, regardless of how large they appear, can always be overcome. In 1960 Harry was recognized for his outstanding contribution to baseball in Brampton by the Brampton Parks and Recreation Department, and again in 1979 with a Brampton Civic Award. In 1962 he received the prestigious Jack Campbell Award for his exemplary work in baseball, awarded annually by the BMBI. As an athlete Harry distinguished himself as a member of the 1973 Ontario Senior Curling Championship team that played out of the Brampton Curling Club. In 1989 Harry was a member of the Brampton Legion Lawn Bowling Ontario Championship team. He was also a member of the Brampton Junior Lacrosse team from 1938 - 1940 that played in the Ontario Lacrosse Association. Harry has lived most of his life in Brampton, contributing whenever possible to the betterment of the youth of our community. Inducted November 18, 1998