Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

September 1, 2015


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under constructionThe Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is updating and improving the website. Check back for updates.


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logo2The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 386 Church St. South in St. Marys, Ontario.


September 1 – October 10 – open four days a week

Thursday – Saturday – 10:30-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

October 11 – April 30 – open by pre-booked group tours only


Contact information:

Phone: 519-284-1838 or 519-284-0777

Fax: 519-284-1234



Admission Costs:

Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $15, Adult: $7.50, Senior $6, Child (6-16) $3.75



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Tom BurgessTom Burgess signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. In his first professional season, he belted 16 home runs with the Class D Hamilton Cardinals, earning himself a promotion to Allentown (Class B) the following campaign, where he would hit .350 in 106 games. Following the 1948 campaign, he returned to London to complete his education for three years, before resuming his pro career in 1952. His finest minor league season was with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings in 1953 when he hit .346 with 22 homers and 93 RBIs.

His career year would earn a roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, before he returned to the minors for the next seven seasons. He would enjoy his longest major league stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962.

Read more HERE.


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John DuceyJohn Ducey was a player, umpire and administrator in Alberta for more than 60 years. As a 13-year-old, he served as a batboy at Diamond Park for teams that played against the Western Canadian Professional Baseball League’s Edmonton Eskimos. In his first season in that role, the Eskimos squad boasted future legends Babe Herman and Heinie Manush.

Ducey would play first base for the city’s senior amateur club from 1925 to 1930, before commencing his umpiring career. One of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductees, Ducey umpired professional and amateur contests from 1931 to 1945. After serving in front office positions with American Hockey League teams in Springfield and Buffalo, Ducey returned to Edmonton in 1946 to begin his career as a baseball executive, promoter, general manager, scout and coach. His tenures with the Class A Western International League Edmonton franchise (1946 to 1960) and the Canadian team that finished second at the Global World Championships in Japan in 1957 are two of his most successful.

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August 28, 2015


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Goody RosenAt 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, Goody Rosen overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to play in the majors. The scrappy Canuck, who shagged balls at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Stadium as a kid, made his major league debut as a pinch runner for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader on September 14, 1937. In the second game, he would bat leadoff and record two hits.

Not only was Rosen a steady bat at the top of the Dodgers order, he was one of the best defensive outfielders of his time. He 19 outfield assists in 1938 reflect his strong throwing arm. His finest big league season was in 1945, when he hit .325 (third in National League) and finished in the top ten in hits, total bases, triples and on-base percentage. His performance earned him a 10th place finish in the MVP voting.

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August 27, 2015


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L-R Jim Fanning, Ian MacDonald, Richard GriffinMacDonald passed away after a heart attack on Wednesday night, his daughter Sandra told the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs on Thursday morning.

Even after his retirement from the paper in 1998, MacDonald kept active as a writer — and in life — by continuing to contribute freelance pieces to the Montreal Gazette for years.

MacDonald was best know for his coverage of the Expos for the Montreal Gazette.

Ian Goodridge MacDonald was born in Montreal in January 1928. His family lived first in the Côte-des-Neiges area and then downtown on Prince Arthur, east of St-Urbain. He attended Montreal High School, and spent one year at Sir George Williams University (now part of Concordia University) when it was located on Drummond St.

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Here is the 2009 article on Ian MacDonald winning the Jack Graney award. Click HERE.


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Jack GraneyIn September of this year a research team of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will release a list of candidates for the 2016 Ford C. Frick Award, to be given to a broadcaster who worked during the Broadcasting Dawn Era (roughly 1930-55). The award is given for “major contributions to baseball.” During the month of September fans will get to vote for their favorite candidate on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook Page; in October a final list of ten will be given to the Ford Frick Award Committee, who will make a decision in November. The committee members who cast ballots are asked to base their selection on the following criteria:

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August 21, 2015


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Pat GillickA left-handed pitcher on the 1958 NCAA champion, University of Southern California (USC) squad, Pat Gillick spent five years in the Baltimore Orioles system. Arm troubles would force the California native into a front office position with the Houston Colt .45’s when he was just 26.

After a decade in scouting with Houston, Gillick accepted a position as coordinator of player development with the New York Yankees in 1974, before becoming the Toronto Blue Jays’ vice-president of player personnel on August 16, 1976. In his 18 years in Toronto, Gillick transformed an expansion club into World Champions. Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, George Bell, Fred McGriff, Tom Henke, Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar are among the cornerstone players he drafted or traded for during his reign as general manager.

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August 12, 2015


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Bob Prentice - CopyBob Prentice was a multi-sport star in high school at Toronto’s Riverdale Collegiate. An all-star quarterback and standout hockey player, Prentice chose to focus on a baseball career. After signing with the Cleveland Indians as an 18-year-old, the Canadian infielder would hit .273 and belt 151 minor league home runs from 1948 to 1956. Unfortunately, the presence of stars Al Rosen and Bobby Avila at the major league level prevented Prentice from cracking the big league roster.

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Ron RoncettiBorn near Rome, Italy, Ron Roncetti came to Toronto with his parents when he was eight months old. Settling with his family near Elizabeth Street in downtown Toronto, he developed a passion for baseball and starred as a center fielder for the Toronto Lizzies during the 1920s. Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers Carmen Bush and Goody Rosen were among his Lizzies teammates. The fleet-footed outfielder moved on to toil with the Wellington Juniors and Eastern Athletic Club in Toronto in the 1930s, before becoming one of Toronto’s top amateur coaches.

In the late 1940s, Roncetti created and founded the Leaside Baseball Assocation. Under his leadership, Leaside became a powerhouse on the Toronto baseball scene. Starting in 1953, Roncetti led Leaside teams to four consecutive city championships at the juvenile and junior levels. Among Roncetti’s Leaside graduates were Ron Taylor, Frank Mahovlich and Pete Conacher. In 1957, Roncetti returned to the Lizzies and managed their senior team to city championships in 1958 and 1960.

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