(GAME DATE — Oct. 31, 2020) — Very shortly the ballots will be sent out to the league’s GM’s for their votes on their selections for the most eligible players to be inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame. For the fourth year in a row, Dave “The Dominator” Norman’s name will appear on that ballot — will 2021 finally be the year he is admitted to the hallowed Hall?
The fleet-footed right fielder is known for his all-time stolen bases record, 303 after his 21 seasons of service, accumulated in 1,297 games. But few know that Norman was also a two-time league batting champ, one of the few to be named such in both leagues.
He was first named batting champ in 1999, while playing for the Chicoutimi Cinquantes in the Lake League, achieving a .370 average in that 80-game season. He was named to the all-star team for the second time that season, and set the single-season steals record at 44 that year, a record that stood until just recently when the schedules expanded to 162 games.
In 2003, he was the American Eagle League batting champ, this time for the Calgary Inferno, where he spent five seasons. It was his 5th career all-star appearance year, and the first time he played all 80 games in a season.
He ranks 12th on the all-time career batting leaderboard, at a .310 average, ahead of Hall of Famers like Silas “Thrill” Clark, Carl Simms, and Paulo Tilano, as well as probable nods for the Hall like Francisco Erazo, and Xavier de Soto. Ever the speed machine, he is 8th in all-time hits, and 4th in all-time triples.
A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, Norman began his Bull League career in 1995 as the #3 prospect in the league. He hopes to be the first kid from his hometown to make it into a sports Hall of Fame.