Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

August 28, 2015

WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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

HALL OF FAMER GOODY ROSEN

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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

2009 JACK GRANEY AWARD WINNER IAN MACDONALD PASSES AWAY

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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.

HALL OF FAME INFORMATION

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

Hours:

June 1 – August 31 – open daily

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

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

Email: baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca

 

Admission Costs:

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

 

JACK GRANEY AND THE BROADCASTING DAWN ERA

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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

HALL OF FAMER PAT GILLICK

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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

HALL OF FAMER BOB PRENTICE

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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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HALL OF FAMER RON RONCETTI

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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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August 10, 2015

PITCH TALKS – OAKVILLE AUGUST 17

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pitch talk oakvilleOn Monday August 17th, Pitch Talks is coming to Oakville to bring real baseball stories to real baseball fans. Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star will moderate and be joined by Rich Griffin (Toronto Star), Shi Davidi (Sportsnet), Alexis Brudnicki (Canadian Baseball Network), and Ashley Stephenson (Team Canada Baseball).

More on the event:

Pitch Talks is a speaker series. Think TED Talks with grass stains.

Previous PITCH speakers include: Buster Olney (ESPN), Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports), Dan Shulman (ESPN), and Jonah Keri (Grantland).

Our mission is to connect with the growing crowd of sophisticated baseball enthusiasts by facilitating informed and entertaining discussions on the game we love. The format is broad and flexible and can include storytelling, presentations, debate, panels and lectures and is at the discretion of the guest speaker.

Every PITCH includes interactive open question period with the speaker.

Program – All panels moderated by Brendan Kennedy

Part 1: Alexis Brudnicki & Ashley Stephenson

Part 2: Rich Griffin & Shi Davidi

Date: Monday August 17th, Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm

Tickets: $20, www.pitchtalksbaseball.com/events/2015/8/17/pitch-talks-oakville

Venue: Drafted Sports Bar & Grill – 379 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON

Web: www.pitchtalksbaseball.com  

VIDEO: Pitch Talks review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1QI7OmfRI8

VIDEO: What is Pitch Talks? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCUW7Xe_Qog     

 

What’s Pitch Talks?

Pitch Talks was founded by Kevin Kennedy in 2014 with the purpose of upending the sports talk status quo. Kennedy wanted to create an event that brought together baseball voices from all walks of life for a casual evening of debate, conversation and entertainment.

 

Media contact: Zoe Simpson, Zoe@SwingmanLive.com, (416) 873-1951

HALL OF FAMER DOUG MELVIN

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Doug Melvin (3)Doug Melvin, was born August 8, 1952, is Chatham, Ontario. The Milwaukee Brewers general manager since 2002 had a brief pitching career in the minor leagues from 1972-78 with Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees, followed by administrative jobs including baseball operations assistant with the Yankees in 1983-‘84, scouting director with the Yankees in 1985, special assistant to general manager Roland Hemond in 1987 with the Baltimore Orioles, assistant GM and director of player personnel from 1988-‘93 with the Orioles, and then landing his first general manager’s job from 1994-2001 with the Texas Rangers. Melvin was noted for signing superstar Alex Rodriquez to a ten-year, $250 million dollar contract on January 26, 2001. After a brief stint in minor league operations with the Boston Red Sox, was named executive vice president and general manager with the Brewers on September 26, 2002. He is the eighth general manager in Brewers, and is currently under contract through the 2012 season. Melvin ended 25-year playoff droughts in both Texas and Milwaukee.

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