Midget baseball trophy to be named for Handrahan

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Island baseball legend Vern Handrahan, left, gets the opening-pitch ball back from catcher Craig Cooper of the host Chevies team during the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Oldtimers Baseball Championships at Memorial Field in Charlottetown Thursday, Aug. 2.

Prince Edward Island's midget baseball champions will earn a trophy this summer named after the only Islander in modern times to play in Major League Baseball.

The Vern Handrahan trophy will be presented for first time at the provincial championship from Aug. 26 to 28.

"Vern is the perfect person to be the namesake of the provincial midget trophy," said Baseball P.E.I. president Don LeClair.

"Vern did not start to play organized baseball until he was midget age (15) and went on to have an excellent career in professional baseball. When he returned to P.E.I., he coached various teams and worked with many Island youth. He's done a great deal for baseball on Prince Edward Island and he is a true gentlemen on and off the diamond."

Organizations: Major League Baseball

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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