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Champions to Honour Durrell for Baseball Contributions

2017 July 19

Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions will pay tribute to one of the founding members of baseball in the nation’s capital when they honour former Mayor Jim Durrell prior to the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game.

Durrell will be joined by members of his family, current Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Champions owner Miles Wolff, Ottawa Champions President David Gourlay, and other dignitaries for a pregame ceremony.

Durrell will be recognized for his leadership and contribution to growing professional baseball in Ottawa with his work as Mayor in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s to land a Montreal Expos Triple-A franchise, the Ottawa Lynx, and secure financing to construct Ottawa Stadium, now RCGT Park.

“Mr. Durrell is an icon not only in Ottawa sports, but our community, for his business and charitable contributions,” says Gourlay. “We are so proud to recognize an All-Star such as Jim for the legacy he has created for the game of baseball in Ottawa as we celebrate a historical first – a professional baseball all-star game.”

Gourlay will also formally announce the 2017 legacy program for the All Star Game, The Ottawa Champions Youth Leadership Baseball Camp with support from the Ottawa Champions Foundation and  SokJok.

Media are invited to be at field level for the ceremony, which will get underway at 6:40 pm. All dignitaries will be available for one-on-one interviews following the ceremony.

Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25th in Ottawa are on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at 613-745-2255, and in person at the RCGT Park box office.