Hall of Honour Inductee: Dave Balmer


Dave grew up sports crazy in Burnaby preparing for his future career in Slo-Pitch by playing Softball, Baseball, Ping-Pong, Soccer, Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf and by batting lots of rocks.  He started playing Slo-Pitch with brother-in-law Jory Robinson and the Flames / Rude Boys in 1985.  They finished 5th in the first ever Masters Provincial with Sheehan Plumbing (Inlet Park masters) in Nanaimo in 1986.  Balmer joined Bruce McCasllan and the Burnaby Barons in 1987, followed by the Rednecks, the Nine Easy Pieces, the Athletics, the Eagles, the Marauders, and the Old Stylers to name but a few.  Over the past twenty years Dave has played in more than 3000 games for over 35 teams, winning 7 Nationals and 11 Provinicials with the Barons, 3 Provincials and 3 Worlds with the Marauders, Provincials with the Burnaby Athletics and the White Rock Eagles.  Now, at 55 years old, Balmer still can’t get enough, with 172 games played so far in 2006, he needs 31 more to break his 1991 personal single season record of 202 games (call him in you need an infielder).  Dave’s long term goal is to win the MVP in the over 100 Division.  He really likes the quote:  “We don’t’ stop playing because we grow old…we grow old because we stop playing.”