Hogg called to Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame

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Swift Current's Neil Hogg will be inducted into the individual category of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, as a player, during a ceremony on August 17 in Battleford.

Neil Russell Hogg, "Hoggsy", was born Sept. 28, 1950 in Moose Jaw. He moved to Gull Lake in grade 1 and played all his little league years there.

In 1971, he moved to Swift Current to play for the Swift Current Jr. Indians. The team had no catcher and although Neil had never played that position, he was the catcher that day and he went on to win the team's Most Valuable Player award that year.

The next year he moved up to the Swift Current Indians of the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League. He was the catcher the first year then switched to pitching in the second year. Again the team was short of pitchers and so Neil stepped up and took the challenge. He stayed with the Indians until the team folded following the 1975 season.

The next season Neil played with the Hazlet Elks of the South River Baseball League. He played and coached with the team until 1985 winning the team batting championship in 1976 and 1979, and the team Most Valuable Player award in 1976 and 1980.

In 1982 he served as the assistant coach for an all-star team from the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League. The team won silver at Westerns and then competed at the Senior Nationals in St. John's, Newfoundland.

When the Swift Current Indians reentered the SMBL, he was hired as the head coach for 1986 and 1987, then stepped down due to work commitments. He did remain on the team's board of directors until 1989.

He also became involved with Sask. Baseball in 1988 where he volunteered in numerous capacities, attending American Baseball Coaches conventions to upgrade his coaching skills. He has been a member of the Sask. Baseball Coaching and Development Committee for years, and has worked as an evaluator for Team Sask. for over 20 years. This involved attending the Midget Selects tournaments and various camps around the province evaluating players. To Neil, using his holidays to play or coach baseball was a holiday! As Assistant Coach for the Canada Cup in 1990-1993, 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, the team won bronze in 1992, silver in 1993 and 2011. then, as Head Coach, the team won 4th in 2005.

Neil was the recipient of the Saskatchewan Baseball Award of Merit in 2005.

Neil was a guest coach with the Jr. National team in 1993. In November of that year he attended an Old-timers tournament in Phoenix, Arizona with the Saskatoon Sportsman.

Then, in 1994, as head coach for Team Saskatchewan, they won their first and only gold medal at the Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick. He and the assistant coach won Canada's Coach of the Year award that year.

In 1995, Neil was the head coach of the Western Canada Summer Games team, as well as guest coach with the Senior National team. Again, Neil attended the Old timers tournament with the Saskatoon Sportsman, in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1997, he coached at the Canada Summer Games at Brandon, MB., in London, ON. in 2001, and in Charlottetown, PEI in 2009.

He has been involved with Prospects coach since 2000, attending numerous tournaments in September with 15 and 16 year olds.

Throughout the years, Neil has coached many minor baseball teams, either Bantam, Midget or Mosquito, winning medals at the Western and Provincial levels. Although Neil continues to spend most of his time coaching, he still plays the game, having been with the Gull Lake Oldtimers since 1987.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Major Baseball League, Baseball Hall of Fame, South River Baseball League Senior Nationals

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current, Western Canada Hazlet

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