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Oral History

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Nom de l'objet : Oral History
Catégorie de l'objet : Documentary artifact
Matériaux : Digital video file
Numéro d'accession : 2019.12.13
Date de début de production : 2019-04-21
Date de fin de production : 2019-04-21
Description : 25 minutes and 53 seconds of colour digital video footage with audio. Recording is of Bruce Rainnie interviewing Hall of Famer Mike Henderson for the Legends of the Hall television program on Eastlink TV. .mp4 file, 1.94 gb.
Commentaires : 035042119Legends of the Hall: Mike Henderson00:00 - Opening remarks, introductions. Bruce asks where his softball story started. Mike talks about the beginning of the Brookfield Softball association which his dad was a part of starting. Mike talks about when his father passed away and how they community came together. Mike talks about growing up watching his siblings play softball.02:55 - Bruce asks how popular the softball was back in the day in Brookfield.  Mike talks about how it was huge, crowds of 2000 at tournaments in a village with only 1300 people. In 1971 the Elks co-hosted the Canadian championship with Halifax. Mike mentions how involved his siblings were with softball. Mike talks about being a catcher until he was about 15, and then became an infielder. Mike talks about loving to put the glove on.04:30 - Bruce asks at what age Mike was when he became a part of the Brookfield Elks senior team. In 1974, he was 19 when he joined that team. Steve talks about the origins of the team colours, his dad always wanted to be black and yellow like the Boston Bruins, but the other men wanted yellow and red, he talks about it being very distinctive.05:25 - Bruce asks what was special about 2nd base for Mike. Mike talks about when he came to the Elks and he took the 2nd base spot because there was an opening there. Mike talks about practicing by himself in his back yard and practicing all the time on the field.07:00 - Bruce mentions how people will say Mike has determination and tenacity. Steve says that came from necessity, because he was never the biggest or strongest player.08:10 - Break - On Screen - Mike Hendersons team, the Brookfield Elks, won 9 provincial senior championships including 6 in a row.08:50 - Mike talks about how the team was community funded, and how he was as proud to wear an Elks jersey as he was to wear a NS or Canada jersey.10:20 - Mike talks about having to win or make it to the final or having to win to cover expenses.10:45 - Bruce asks how many games he would play in a year. Mike says typically around 85, but in a busier year it would be around 100-105. Mike talks about travelling so much with the team. Mike talks about his tenacity on the field and how it can be positive and negative. Mike talks about how he had a short fuse on the field.13:25 - Bruce asks about crowds and big competitions on the fields of Halifax. Steve talks about the Canada games diamond that was built in 1969, and how it was great to be in the city playing in front of big crowds.15:00 - Mike talks about his leadership role with lead by example of how to not give in and keep battling. Talked about how great of a team he had.16:20 - Bruce asks about other chances Mike had to play for other teams. Mike had offers to go to Halifax or go to New Zeeland in the off season. Bruce asked if there was money to be made. Mike says primarily for pitchers. They talk about Mikes devotion to Brookfield.18:40 - Break - On Screen - Mike was voted best infielder in Nova Scotia a record 8 times.19:05 - Bruce asks what Mikes dominant memories are from his career. Mike talks about how hard it was to get out of the province to get to nationals, Mike talks more about certain games. Mike talks about the Nationals they won silver at just after his father died.21:40 - Bruce asks why Mike walked away from softball. Mike talks about having a knee injury, and being more than just a player, doing a lot of administration things. He also mentions how there was a new golf course built in town which he wanted to golf at and also to be with his children.22:35 - Bruce asks why he thinks the sport is less popular then it used to be. Mike talks about it being a pitching sport, a lot of players went to the states.24:20 - End - Bruce asks where Mike is now. Mike says he is retired, still lives in Brookfield, golfs, plays hockey, curls, President of the Brookfield Athletic Association. Closing remarks.  
Fonctions : Broadcast on Eastlink TV on April 21st 2019
Établissement : Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  Facebook-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  Twitter-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  YouTube-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
Ville de l'établissement : Halifax
Province de l'établissement : Nova Scotia

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