Jay Sim, a Saskatoon catcher, shared in one of Canada's greatest moments in international softball, playing on the 1992 team which won the world championship at Manila in the Philippines.
And when he decided to retire that day in March, Jay put a fitting finish to a career in which he went to three Canadian finals as a junior, 11 Canadian playoffs as a senior and played five years in Softball Canada's program.
Jay played five seasons with the Imperial 400 juniors, winning the Canadian championship in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1978.
As a senior, Jay missed playing on a Saskatchewan champion only once in 12 years. He played on four Saskatchewan teams which finished second at the nationals, two others which finished third and the big win came in 1987 when Saskatoon Rempel Bros beat Sarnia 2-0 at the Canadian final in Calgary.
Jay played for Canada's gold medal team at the Pan-American Games in 1987, Canada's team which won the Challenge Cup in Saskatoon in 1988, Canada's team which won gold at the Pan-American qualifying trials in 1990 and Canada's gold medal team at the Pan-American Games in 1991.
In the 1992 tournament at Manila, Canada trailed, 3-0, against New Zealand, rallied to tie the score in the fifth and won 5-3 in the eighth inning.