MLB Groundskeeper Hall Of Fame Trophy Named for Gary Vanden Berg
In a great show of respect for Gary a group of MLB Groundskeepers selected a couple of sport turf industry greats in the trophy’s inaugural year. George Toma and Emil Bossard were announced as this years recipients for their outstanding contributions to the game and the sportsturf industry. I never had the pleasure of meeting Emil but have spent a little time with George over the years at conferences and turf events. He is a true inspiration to the world of groundskeeping. The Hall of fame committee members are Bill Deacon Mets, Trevor Vance and Justin Scott Royals, Bob Christofferson Mariners and Mark Razum Rockies.
To be considered for induction in the MLB Groundskeeper Hall of Fame, a person must have made a significant contribution to the sportsturf industry at the major league level and has not been employed full-time in the profession for at least 5 years.
Gary was one of the kindest people in the sportsturf industry. Always one to answer a question or talk about his field. He will be missed by many. Naming this award in his honor was truly an easy selection as it passed unanimously by the association members.