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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2012
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

John Haar

Baseball
Soccer

A resident of Burnaby for more than 50 years, John Haar, is the only athlete in UBC history to be offered professional contracts in three different sports...baseball, soccer and football. He turned down offers from BC Lions and Dallas Cowboys and Canada`s National soccer team to sign professional contracts with San Francisco Giants (1964) and New York Yankees (1966) and played in both their minor league systems for four years. He was Canada`s national baseball team coach and manager for a number of years and in 1986 when the National Baseball Institute was formed, he became head coach and manager. Eight players from the NBI went on to major league careers and 30 players signed professional contracts. He has twice been inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and in 1992 was named World Coach of the Year in International Baseball.

 

 

Bob Mills

Soccer

Soccer was Bob Mills game and he played it very well. During a lengthy career, he began his playing days in the PTA sponsored Capitol Hill team and later moved on to make an outstanding contribution to Cliff Avenue United soccer club. Upon graduation from Burnaby North Secondary, he began a successful career in Mainland and Pacific Coast Leagues playing for a variety of teams. His 1965 Vancouver Firefighters Club won the National Challenge Cup championship, defeating Ottawa 5-0. He was selected to the BC All-Star teams on three occasions for games against visiting English clubs.