Christofferson helps with Hall of Fame selections

The trophy for the first inductees into the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Bob Christofferson, the head groundskeeper at Safeco Field, was a member of the Hall of Fame Committee that created the standards for consideration and nominated the first two inductees into the Major League Baseball Groundskeeper Hall of Fame.

Christofferson was one of five MLB groundskeepers on the selection committee. Their initial two choices will be inducted Sunday in Anaheim during the 14th annual meeting of MLB Groundskeepers.

The two initial nominees are Emil Bossard and George Toma. Bossard, who died in 1980 at the age of 88, spent 70 years in professional baseball with the St. Paul Saints, Cleveland Indians and later as a consultant to numerous stadiums and Spring Training facilities.

Roger Bossard, Emil’s grandson, consulted on the design and construction of the Safeco Field playing field.

Toma had a 60-year career that concluded with a long stint in Kansas City with both MLB and the NFL. He’s now semi-retired, but still works each Super Bowl and tends the Spring Training fields in Ft. Myers, Fla., for the Twins. In 2001, Toma was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

The new trophy is named for Gary Vanden Berg, the longtime Milwaukee Brewers groundskeeper who died in October. And as you can see from the picture above, it’s a pretty nice piece of hardware.

 Joining Christofferson on the nomination committee were Bill Deacon of the  Mets, Trevor Vance and Justin Scott of the Royals and Mark Razum of the Rockies.

Plans are to continue to recognize individuals who have made a significant impact on baseball, the sports turf industry and their communities by inducting new members each year.

1 Comment

A wonderful recognition for two great pioneers in our industry I’m sure Gary would be very pleased. Naming the award after Gary was an easy choice.

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