A former baseball coach, organizer and administrator is set to be immortalized at Kerr Park in Bracebridge.
Yesterday Bracebridge General Committee formally endorsed a request to have the baseball diamond at Kerr Park renamed Holm Diamond at Kerr Park, in memory of Mike Holm.
The request was put forward by Joe Hickes, the president of the Muskoka Outlaws Baseball Academy and the vice president of the Muskoka Hornets Minor Baseball Association.
Holm died suddenly in 2017 of a heart attack at the age of 39. He was regarded as a cornerstone of the Muskoka Hornets organization.
“Mike was everything good about youth baseball in Muskoka,” said Hickes in his letter to the Town Council. “Mike was the boots on the ground throughout all ball diamonds in Muskoka. Mike was the Swiss army knife of our association – he could (and did) do everything.”
Hickes said Holm left behind two young boys (Mark and Lucas) who have continued to excel at baseball in Muskoka. Mark has been a member of the Muskoka Outlaws Baseball Academy for the past two seasons, and Lucas has been signed on for his Grade 10 year. Mark has signed with a college in New York State to continue playing baseball at the post-secondary level.
Hickes said on June 24 the Muskoka Hornets will formally retire Holm’s number 25. No one in either the Muskoka Hornets, or Muskoka Outlaws will ever wear #25 again, with the exception of Lucas, Mark, or their children.
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