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OUR HISTORY

Kerrisdale is one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. The name originates from one of the first settlers in the area, Mrs. MacKinnon, who was asked to name a tram stop at West 41st Avenue in 1905 (then called Wilson Road). She offered the name “Kerrisdale” after the village she came from in Scotland, “Kerrydale”. Over time the area around the tram stop became known as Kerrisdale.

Kerrisdale Little League has been an important part of the Kerrisdale community for more than 50 years playing out of picturesque Elm Park since inception. While the Oaks and Elms around the park have grown over the years, the simplicity of the Little League game has remained the same and every spring the sound of balls popping into leather gloves lets residents know that summer is on its way.

Little League came to British Columbia in 1950 as Little League Baseball began to expand outside of the United States for the first time. Today there are over 30 BC leagues organized into six districts across the province, including Vancouver Island, in interior and Northern British Columbia, and across the Vancouver metro area. Champions from these districts, along with a host league, compete in a provincial tournament that determines British Columbia's representative at the Canadian Region tournament. The Canadian champion then advances to the Little League World Series. In 2013 Kerrisdale Little League hosted the Provincial tournament for the first time. It was a great success.

See the Tournament Brochure here.

Kerrisdale baseball has its own piece of Little League history as Anne “Annie” Butterfield became the first female Little League coach in BC in the early 1970’s. Annie was born on Salt Spring, Island, BC in 1936 and learned how to play baseball with her neighborhood friends. She loved the game and as an adult played in women’s baseball. By chance while working for Pacific Press newspapers a reporter asked her to umpire a game for the little league team he was managing. She was hooked by the little leaguers and soon found herself moved from behind the plate to the dugout as the new manager of the “Elm Park Chevrons”.

Annie was known as a stickler for detail and baseball fundamentals. She had high expectations and the boys responded with enthusiasm and respect. She is quoted in a 1971 Province newspaper story about her as saying: “I just can’t imagine summer without baseball.” Annie passed away on May 29, 1993.

In January 2013 Ms. Marlene Flater a long time friend of Annie’s bequeathed $10,000 to Kerrisdale Little League in her honour. Annie’s legacy truly lives on through this generous bequest and through the thousands of Little Leaguers over the last 50 years who also can’t imagine a summer without running those same base paths at good old Elm Park.

Sadly, on May 29, 2013 Kerrisdale Little League lost one of its biggest fans. Pat Ostlund passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Pat looked forward to baseball season at Kerrisdale every year, and was often seen in her scooter attending as many games as she could. Pat was a long time resident of Dunbar, where her son and husband were active in minor league baseball for many years. Kerrisdale Little League brought back fond memories of her many summers at the ball diamonds in the 1960’s and 70’s. She would often talk about the long term relationships, stories and memories that come about from sports. Pat would recount how youngsters from 3 or 4 decades ago are today’s coaches, and their parents who coached back then are the grandparents in the stands.

Community sports programs like Kerrisdale Little League baseball are often the glue that binds these friendships and memories for a lifetime. Pat will be missed by our entire community.




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