BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS)

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” - Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.

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Claim to Fame: "Gentleman Umpire" imducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, Umpires Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, founding member of the BC Black History Awareness Society. 
Date of Birth: December 12, 1922
Place of Birth: Victoria, B.C.
Date of Death: January 5, 2014
Education: Victoria High School

Doug Hudlin

 

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D Hudlin umpire    Doug Hudlin worked for the City of Victoria but his love was being on the field as an umpire.  He umpired generations of Island ball players over four decades.  He was known for his empathy toward all   the young players.  He is quoted as saying "In Little League, you're  the umpire and the coach at the same time".

 He was the first non-American to be invited to umpire the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1967 and in 1974.  He also unpired twice at the Senior Little League World Series in Gary, Indiana.

 He was a founder and served as first president of the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association, a position he held from 1974 to 1979.  He was  inducted into the association's hall of fame in 2011. The umpires association present the "Doug Hudlin Distinguished Service Award" each  year to an umpire in British Columbia.

Away from the diamond, Doug was a founding director of the B.C. Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS).  His interest and enthusiasm for the Society's work was largely inspired by the fact that he is the grandson of the earliest Black pioneers, Nancy and Charles Alexander, who arrived in Victoria in 1858 and who started a farm in what is now a suburb of Saanich.  They had 12 children and 21 grandchildren.  The Alexander name remains prominent on the South Island.  Doug prepared a family tree in the mid-1990's, recording more than 400 descendants, among them Kevin Alexander, a great lacrosse star.

In 2011, as a member of the BCBHAS, Doug was given the honour of introducing Ferguson Jenkins, the first Canadian inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, at a public event in Victoria that launched the Ferguson Jenkins commemorative Canada Post stamp.

Doug was inducted into the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and inducted posthumously into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.  The 21st induction ceremony takes place in June in St. Mary's Ontario.   

 2011 Fergie Jenkins Stamp