The first lady of minor baseball in Belleville was also the first woman to preside over a provincial baseball association in Canada. Vi Christopher was president of the Ontario Baseball Association for two years and later, as the association’s past president she was the Ontario representative to the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball. The Belleville native spent 21 years on the executive of the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association and 17 on the executive of the OBA. Meanwhile for more than 32 years she donated her time and efforts to the Belleville Minor Baseball Association, many times sitting on the executive. Christopher was one of the founders of Belleville’s annual Golden Bat Bantam Baseball Tournament.
While best known for her work in baseball, Christopher also served for many years on the executive of the Belleville Minor Hockey Association, including several terms as secretary, tournament chair and Ontario Minor Hockey Association convenor. Christopher’s efforts have been recognized in several ways. She received a Bicentennial Medal from the Province of Ontario in 1984 for her contributions to amateur sport. In 1988 the citizens of Belleville recognized her with a citation and that same year she was honoured for helping to bring baseball to Northern Ontario. In 1992 Christopher was named Ontario baseball’s Volunteer of the Year and in 1989 she received a special achievement award from the province for work in the field of fitness and amateur sport. Christopher continues to contribute to minor sports in the Belleville area even as she joins the Hall.0