Burton Russell has been named Honorary Chairman of the Canadian Junior Baseball Championship scheduled for Aug. 15-19 in Dartmouth and Halifax. Russell, a native of Kentville, is one of the province’s most recognized baseball and sport historians with over 60 years involvement in the game dating back to the post-war era of the H&D League. He has written 11 books on Nova Scotia sport, 8 of which have been dedicated to his first love, baseball. His books highlight the characters, teams, and outstanding accomplishments from then to the present. He is often a source of reference for media locally and nationally not only for baseball but for other sports as well. He has served as statistician for the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League for over 25 years and has served on the selection committees for both the N.S. Sport Hall Of Fame and for the Acadia Sport Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2000. An alumnus of Acadia, he is a retired school teacher.
Russell’s role as Honorary Chairman is a perfect fit for the national tournament as the Opening Ceremonies, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, will feature a tribute to the history, culture, and achievements of baseball throughout the province since the glory days of the H&D League to the present.