Card of Thanks
|Thanks for the Memories...
There’s not a baseball field in Oshawa that has not felt the repercussions of the loss of Troy May this past
summer. Troy dedicated his life to improving baseball in Oshawa and has been involved in every capacity of
the game. Troy began his coaching career in Scarborough where he coached in Birchmount, Agincourt and
Leaside for nine seasons before coming to Oshawa in 1994 as head coach of the Oshawa Junior Legionaires.
Troy coached the Legionaires for eight seasons culminating in Oshawa’s first ever appearance at a National
Championship in 1999. His influence over baseball in Oshawa is almost unparalleled. Troy has served as both
Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball Association and Eastern Ontario Baseball Association Presidents and has
coached and umpired at almost every level. His contributions to baseball in Oshawa include securing a
Trillium Grant for improvements to Kinsmen Stadium and hosting various opportunities for kids at all levels
including homerun derbies, baseball camps and tournaments.
Troy’s most recent and rewarding accomplishment was the inception of the Oshawa Dodgers into the
Intercounty Baseball League in 2002. Troy worked for over a year on his bid for the team and was awarded a
franchise in April 2001 to start play in the following season. Troy’s hard worked paid off and the Dodgers
became the first team in the history of the Intercounty Baseball League to make the playoffs in their Inaugural
season and have since made the playoffs in each of the following four seasons. The Oshawa Dodgers were
Troy's pride and joy. He spent twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for twelve months of the year
thinking of ways he could try to improve his team. Through the Dodgers, Troy formed more than just a
baseball team, he united a baseball family, which was never more evident than this past summer. He brought
together a unique group of men who love the game and who he could impart his knowledge to. Anyone who
has come into contact with Troy knows what an unselfish individual he was. Although he quickly found out
what a costly endeavor owning his own team was (both in time and financially) that did not deter him from
enduring with his team, keeping his team well dressed, with the best equipment and buses to games, when he
could, at his own expense. Troy was passionate about the game of baseball. Ask any umpire who has ventured
to go nose to nose with him over a call or rule. He would defend his team with everything he had and never
gave up, yet was the first one after a game to pat the umpire on the back and say “good game”. What happened
on the field stayed on the field garnering him respect from opposing coaches, umpires and players.
Troy’s legacy will continue to live on through the Oshawa Dodgers. The team will carry on without him in
2007 but anyone who has attended a game, played for Troy or against him, knows the game will never be the
same. There will be an eerie kind of quiet over Kinsmen Stadium when a call is missed, a great play is made
or a game is won. His jovial sense of humour on the bench and coaching third base will always be remembered.
We will continue to see Troy through his boys as they share his passion for the game of baseball and will be an
integral part of the Dodgers for years to come. We thank Troy for all he has done for baseball in Oshawa. His
contributions will never be forgotten and will live on through the thousands of individuals who he has helped
shaped into better baseball players and more importantly better people.