Author Tags: Local History, Sports
Less than a year after he died at age 102 in February of 2012, Ernie Kershaw's autobiography, The Pitching Professor: The Life and Times of Ernie Kershaw, one of Professional Baseball's Oldest-Living Former Players ($24.95) was released in November of 2012 at the general meeting of the West Vancouver Historical Society. It was written mostly by Len Corben, a local historian, who had conducted 30 hours of taped conversations with the subject, Ernie Kershaw, a former mathematics teacher at West Vancouver High School from 1936 to 1973, minus four years with the RCAF in World War II.
Corben's first self-published book, Instant Replay: A Century of North Shore Sports Stories (2007), was published to coincide with North Vancouver's centennial. Its follow-up is Play It Again: A Century PLUS of North Shore Sports Stories (2012) including stories from both West Vancouver and North Vancouver.
In 1999, Len Corben retired after 31 years as North Shore Secondary Schools Sport Coordinator. He wrote more than 450 Instant Replay columns and stories for the North Shore Outlook.