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Alm to be inducted into Honour Society


Dauphin’s Bob Alm will be recognized by Baseball Manitoba when he is inducted into the provincial baseball organization’s Honour Society, next month.
Alm learned of the honour in an email from Baseball Manitoba’s executive director Jason Miller early last week.
“I was pretty pleased, actually. It’s an honour that the efforts that you put into ball over the years has been noticed,” he said.
The nomination letter sent to Baseball Manitoba stated Alm became involved in baseball as a coach when his son Brenden enrolled in T-ball in 1997. He continued coaching up to bantam, with all of his teams but one qualifying for AA provincials.
Alm was also the head coach for many AAA pee wee and bantam teams and in 2004 guided the Parkland team to the bronze medal game at the Manitoba Summer Games.
As a coach, Alm often arranged for members of the Dauphin Brewers to assist with practices and player development.
Alm also worked behind the scenes, getting involved with Dauphin Minor Baseball Association’s (DMBA) executive, first as scheduler, but also as finance director, equipment manager and, eventually, as president.
As president, Alm annually applied to host provincials every year, leading to the city becoming known as a good reliable host.
Under his guidance, DMBA also became financially viable after years of financial hardship.
Alm was also part of the Parkland Minor Baseball Association (PMBA), where he was a scheduler, finance director and president.
Once again, under his guidance, PMBA became financially stable and became a strong governing body for baseball in the Parkland to the point where Parkland was recognized by Baseball Manitoba as the Region of the Year in 2007.
Alm did not limit his involvement to just the Parkland as he also served on Baseball Manitoba’s executive as vice-president of finance, working with executives to establish deadlines and penalties for overdue accounts owed to Baseball Manitoba.
After his coaching career came to an end, Alm decided to stay active on the field and became a certified umpire in 2003. He has umpired at various levels and leagues, including regionals and provincials.
It is his love of the game that keeps him working as an umpire.
“I love the game. I’ve gone to ball parks for years and I’m still going back to ball parks. I just love the game and I’m able to give back to the game,” he said.
The induction ceremony will be held, Nov. 2, in Brandon. It is something Alm is looking forward to.
“I noticed that two of my fellow executive members are being inducted, too, with Ken Sharpe and Faron Asham. We were on the executive at the same time, so that’s kind of nice,” he said.

Doug Zywina