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Trio inducted into provincial baseball Hall of Fame

Three former players were inducted into the Baseball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame at the recent awards reception.

Getting the call were Corner Brook’s Glenn Burt and Grand Falls-Windsor natives Gary Furlong and Rob Finn.

Gary Furlong

Furlong joined his hometown Braves in the city’s senior league at the age of 14 and went on to become a sought after player provincially, hitting the diamond with Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, and St. John’s between 1986 and 1998). He was top pitcher at the senior provincial championships on three occasions (1992, ‘94, ‘98).

On the national stage, Furlong played for the Barons squad that won bronze at the 1992 senior nationals, and played for two Canada Games squad (1985, ‘89).

Rob Finn

Finn was also part of the 1989 Games’ team, and played for the province’s junior team in 1988, tossing three wins in one day at the junior nationals in Nova Scotia. At home he was a regular winner of the top pitcher award at numerous age-group provincial championships.

After relocating to Nova Scotia, Finn went on to amass a .329 batting average in senior play and was a member Nova Scotia’s 1996 senior national championships bronze medal-winning and 1997 silver medal-winning teams. In the latter, he was named to a tournament all-star.

Glenn Burt

Before moving to Moncton, New Brunswick in 1982, Burt competed for Team NL at the 1977 Canada Summer Games in St. John’s, helping the homeside to an historic 4-2 win over Ontario, and later played ball for the West Side Monarchs and the Corner Brook Barons in the city’s senior circuit.

Burt went on to enjoy a solid career with the Moncton Mets between 1982 and 1991, a stint that included a return to his hometown in the 1988 senior men’s national championships where he would pitch his team to a 4-2 win over Alberta and hit a home run in the same game. He was a career .269 hitter, with 24 home runs, 81 RBI and 114 total hits for the Mets.

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