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Babcock to be inducted into Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame

Baseball Oshawa President Ken Babcock is set to be inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame on May 29.

The official announcement was made in the City of Oshawa council chambers. Joining Babcock were his family, other Baseball Oshawa executive members and former presidents Dave Sheridan and Jim Lutton.

Ken has been the athletic director at Durham College since 1995, and is the current president of Baseball Oshawa.

In his leading role at Durham College, Babcock has helped lead Durham Lords sports teams to an astonishing 42 gold medals and 105 overall in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), as well as an additional five gold and 22 overall medals in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA).

On top of those duties, Babcock also served as athletic director for eight years at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), where he oversaw the Ridgebacks’ first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) medal.

Babcock has served a variety of roles as an executive of the OCAA, including president from 2001 to 2003. He founded the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association (CIBA) in 1994, created the Durham College Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, helped launch the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003, and has drawn multiple provincial and national championship tournaments to Oshawa.

He planned, developed and launched the birth of the UOIT varsity athletics program in 2003, and has been a driving force behind construction of facilities on campus, which not only serve the students but also the wider community.

A native of Brockville, Ont., and father of two, Babcock has also given back to the Oshawa community beyond the campus, primarily through Baseball Oshawa, where he has coached since 2005 and served as president since 2012.

He was a member of the organizing committee for the 2000 Ontario Summer Games, as well as the baseball portion of the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games.