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Posted December 20, 2010
Baseball Award

Bob Elliott captures Ball Hall`s Jack Graney Award Steadfast journalist defines Canadiana

ST. MARYS - Driven. Loyal. Upright. Passionate. Proud Canadian. Humble. These are words commonly attributed to journalist Bob Elliott by players, fans and colleagues from coast to coast, and both north and south of the 49th parallel.

The accomplished author and Sun baseball columnist, who would much rather see his name in the byline than in any headline, was named the Jack Graney Award winner today by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, an honour presented just 12 times in the 24 years since its inception, to a representative of the media who has made a significant contribution to the game of baseball to Canada through their life`s work. Elliott will be formally presented his award at on June 18th at the 2011 Induction Ceremony.

The description of the award`s criteria barely scratches the surface of Elliott, who publishes an annual list of Canada`s top 100 most influential baseball people, yet many would argue that he could easily be number one on the list.

The Kingston, Ontario native was born in 1949 on September 10th, a birth date that seems appropriately shared by Roger Maris and Joey Votto. He followed his highly-achieved father and grandfather`s steps both athletically and academically, and was planning on continuing the Elliott family trek to Queen`s University when the young second baseman who couldn`t hit the curve ball was offered a full-time position to write sports for the Kingston Standard in March of 1966.

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