WOBA Life Member, RON PEGG, was the founder of W.O.B.A. and recruited an excellent group of executive members and volunteers such as Noreen Brode, Don and Muriel Stewart and Barb Henry who all worked passionately at making baseball well organized and enjoyable for the players, coaches and families in W.O.B.A. Ron was very good at passing on his passion for baseball to others which allowed the organization to run smoothly. He was the first to implement the tournament format for playoffs in W.O.B.A. long before other affiliates in Ontario saw the benefits of it.
Ron was a great ambassador and leader for grassroots baseball in Ontario and Western Ontario. Many outstanding baseball players developed their skills in small rural towns like Flesherton thanks to his programs.
Ron was a major contributor to starting the game of Rookie Ball in Ontario. In 1992 O.B.A was looking for a host for the “Rookie Ball Championship Tournament”. Ron suggested to Doug Wolfe of Mitchell that he should host it. Doug told him that they didn’t have a Rookie ball pitching machine to which Ron replied that he had a machine in his vehicle and with that Mitchell hosted a successful O.B.A. Rookie Championship tournament.
He was very instrumental in running 1 and 2 day baseball camps throughout the area with his sons and other Flesherton Juvenile and Junior baseball players. These camps are renowned to have been the best WOBA had ever run.
During the early years the O.B.A. office was in Ron and Cathy’s Flesherton home. With the help of summer students it was run very efficiently and the staff was always available to help out with Rosters and tournament information. At that time roster registration was done with individual player cards. His wife Cathy contributed enormously in helping with phone calls and paper work as well as supporting the local organization; Flesherton Minor Baseball and their tournaments. This was the basis of developing good ball players and good citizens.
Ron Pegg is one of only two people to be named “Life Member" of Baseball Ontario. In July 2016 Ron was named the first “Life Member of Western Ontario Baseball Association".
Along with this honour the W.O.B.A. Peewee Championship Tournament has been renamed the Ron Pegg Peewee Tournament.
Thanks Ron and Congratulations!!