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Robert “Bobby” Smith

February 23, 2021– Halifax, NS- In honour of Black History Month, Softball Nova Scotia would like to recognize Nova Scotia Hall of Fame inductee, the late Robert “Bobby” Smith for his major contributions to the culture and legacy of softball in the province. Smith started his career in 1949 as a pitcher and hitter before eventually returning to the game as an umpire in 1968. His umpire career highlights include the Canada Summer Games in 1969 and reaching the highest level of officiant certification possible in 1978-making him the first Black Canadian umpire to receive this designation. He represented Canada at the 1980 North American Ladies Fastpitch Championship in Sun City, Arizona, and at the first boy’s World Youth Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. He was the president of the Central Regions Umpire Association from 1997 to 1983 and umpired several national championships. As an umpire, Bobby Smith was considered the best of his era in Nova Scotia and the among the best the country ever produced. 

“As one of a very few umpires of colour in Nova Scotia at that time, Bobby served as a positive strong role model for me, breaking down racial barriers and obstacles.” 
-Cecil Wright, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors  

Quick Facts   

  • Softball Nova Scotia believes in the importance of Black History Month and will recognize diversity by reflecting on stories, experiences, and accomplishments of Black Nova Scotians. 
  • Softball Nova Scotia is committed to seeing our association, clubs, athletes and coaches excel. It is our goal to provide fair and inclusive access, ethical, respectful, and moral behaviour and a safe, supportive, competitive, and fun environment. We are committed to working towards developing and delivering programs and activities to meet participants needs in our sport. 


Caroline Crooks  
Executive Director, Softball Nova Scotia