Stan, who was the unofficial patriarch of the Sarnia Braves Minor Baseball Organization, passed away on June 12, 2013. He is believed to be one of the youngest professional baseball players ever, having signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals when he was just 14. He played nine minor-league seasons with the Cardinals and Milwaukee Braves, and was once a teammate of Hank Aaron.
The tournament runs July 15-17 with Sarnia opening Friday at 1:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at Errol Russell.
Games will also begin at 1:15 p.m. at Blackwell Park. Play continues all day Saturday with the semifinals and final on Sunday.
There will be a field dedication ceremony during the Stan Slack Memorial Wood Bat Classic (July 15-17) to name the field “Stan Slack Field at Errol Russell Park” on Saturday, July 16 at 3:00.
The first use of the Braves moniker was in 1956. Stan was the playing coach of the Senior team. Stan was also one of the founders of the current Braves organization in 1994.