Dave Shury grew up in the Wilkie area where he played and developed his passion for baseball at an early age. In the mid 1950s, Shury became involved in the administrative side of his sport by organizing and managing several youth teams in the Wilkie, Saskatoon, and Battlefords areas.
Dave began his long service with the Saskatchewan Baseball Association at this time and served in various roles in that organization from 1955 to 1982. In 1974, he chaired the boxing venue for the Saskatchewan Winter Games and in 1984 was the Chair of Protocol and Baseball for the Saskatchewan Summer Games. Dave is also a longtime historian, researcher and author having edited the “Annual Saskatchewan Historical Review”, published the annual “Review of Saskatchewan Baseball”, and co-authored the Saskatchewan Baseball Association history book “Wheat Province Diamonds” in 1997.
Nationally, Shury has served as secretary for the Western Canada Baseball Association, president of Baseball Canada from 1966 to 1970, and member of the selection committee to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and was the Canadian representative to the World Federation of Amateur Baseball from 1966 to 1970.
Dave has accumulated a long list of achievements. These include: Sportsman of the Year for North Battleford (1966), Man of the Year for the Multiple Sclerosis Society (1966), Life member in the Saskatchewan Baseball Association (1968) and the Western Canada Baseball Association (1968), Executive of the Year for Baseball Canada (1983), Canada 125 Medal (1984), Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (1999), and founder of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.
The highlight of Dave Shury’s association with baseball was his June 21, 2002 induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, Ontario.
Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 14, 2003.