PEI Sports Hall of Famer Vern Handrahan is going to be honoured with a plaque dedication at Memorial Field in Charlottetown on Thursday evening to begin the Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Championship.
Handrahan passed away at age 79 in 2016 after a battle with cancer.
He pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, now the Oakland A’s in 1964 and 1965 and had a long a successful career as a pitcher in the minor leagues.
He’s a charter member of the PEI Sports Hall of Fame which opened in 1968 and is celebrating 50 years.
The Charlottetown native is one of only three Islanders to make the big leagues in baseball.
His son Val and daughter Amy are thrilled that there late father will be honoured in his hometown.
Greg Stapleton, Dr. Bob Lund, Charlottetown Ward 2 Councillor Terry MacLeod and Ocean 100’s Dave Holland are part of a committee that made the plaque unveiling possible. Holland will act as emcee for the dedication.
The plaque unveiling will take place at Memorial Field during the opening ceremonies for the Oldtimers tournament at 6.15 on Thursday evening.