Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

February 23, 2012


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 By: Baseball Canada

OTTAWA-Thirty-seven Canadians will be in big-league camp as Spring Training opens this week across Florida and Arizona in preparation for the 2012 baseball season.

Twenty-six Canadians saw action in the big-leagues during 2011, marking the highest total in modern history. The season was highlighted by John Axford who recorded 46 saves for the Central Division winning Milwaukee Brewers. Joey Votto won the National League MVP in 2010 and made a case to repeat by hitting .309 with 29 homeruns and 103 RBI in 2011. Votto played in the All-Star Game in Arizona and was joined by Russell Martin of the New York Yankees.

Brett Lawrie made an impression in his rookie debut with the Toronto Blue Jays when he was called-up to the big-leagues in early August.

Scott Diamond, Rene Tosoni, Taylor Green and Trystan Magnuson all made the major league debuts in 2011, while Adam Loewen reached the big-leagues as a position player with the Toronto Blue Jays after he was forced to end his pitching career in 2008 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

Five players who helped Canada win gold last October at the Pan Am Games in Mexico: Scott Richmond, Kyle Lotzkar, Chris Robinson, Brock Kjeldgaard and Dustin Molleken, will be heading to big-league camp with their respective clubs.

Read more HERE.


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London’s Nothers Signs & Recognitions to market unique award Canada-wide
St. Marys – Larry Walker has agreed to lend his image and signature to a second series of team trophies available Canada-wide through Nothers Signs and Recognitions, in partnership with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Fergie Jenkins version of the exclusive trophy was a hit at team banquets from coast to coast last year.
The trophy, available in two sizes, and the medal, available in gold, silver or bronze, are for giving grass roots players something to remember their season by, be it for winning or just participating.
“It is a classy and meaningful tangible for their bedroom shelf, a symbol of how much fun the baseball season was, and hopefully a reminder to sign up again next year,” said Ball Hall director of operations Scott Crawford.
The trophy displays an autographed photo of Walker, the greatest position player Canada has ever produced, who was inducted into the Canadian Ball Hall in 2009. The red maple leaf is incorporated to emphasize that baseball is a proud part of Canadiana, because of the deep heritage of baseball in Canada, and the significant impact that Canada has had on the baseball industry.
“A portion of the proceeds from each award will be donated towards funding the Hall of Fame’s KIDS ON DECK summer camp program,” said Jim Nother, president of Nothers Signs & Recognition.
“This camp helps boys and girls aged 9-15 not only learn baseball and softball, but it also serves as a medium to break down perceived barriers and promote cultural awareness. We praise the Hall for their commitment to this cause, and we felt this was the perfect way to demonstrate our support.”
Walker, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, belted 383 career homeruns among his 2,160 hits while compiling a .313 lifetime batting average over his 17-year career, has been giving back to his native country in this regard, as well as by helping coach Team Canada in recent years.
For details on ordering, contact Jim Nother at 1-800-265-1554, ext. 226, or by emailing For further information on the Canadian Baseball of Fame, contact Scott Crawford at 1-877-250-2255, or by emailing

February 22, 2012


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Baseball Spring Training begins in St. Marys March 2nd
10th consecutive year of free indoor clinics

St. Marys – More than a hundred baseball and softball players are expected to start their own spring training on Friday, March 2nd in the St. Marys DCVI gyms.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will begin its tenth consecutive year of free baseball instruction for boys and girls aged 6-15. Instructions will be provided for beginners as well as experienced players. The clinics will take place on the following Friday evenings: March 2, 23, 30 and April 13, 20, and 27. Players aged nine and under will train from 6:00-7:30pm. Players aged 10 and over will train from 7:30-9:00pm.

The clinics will be headed by CBHFM Director of Operations Scott Crawford, who has been teaching these clinics for the last nine years and is currently a local Jr Rookie coach.

“With the lack of winter this year, it feels that spring has been around the corner for weeks already”, says Crawford. “However, this signals the real start to spring”.

Players should come dressed in comfortable clothing and should bring indoor shoes and a baseball glove if they have one. Parents are asked to please ensure that their child’s name is on all equipment. The CBHFM, with assistance from St. Marys Minor Ball, will provide the necessary additional equipment.

Even though there is no fee, players need to pre-register by contacting the CBHFM by telephone (519-284-1838) or email

As there are expected to be more participants than ever this year, the CBHFM is looking to bolster the number of adult volunteers. Please contact the CBHFM if you are interested in volunteering.


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Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953, Sparky Anderson advanced to the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1956, where he hit .298 and rapped out 135 hits. After toiling with the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels for one season, the fiery second baseman returned to Montreal to sock 35 doubles and lead the Royals to a league title in 1958. His sole big league season came with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959, before he came back to Canada to man second base for the Toronto Maple Leafs for four seasons.


In all, the heady infielder played six of 10 minor league seasons north of the border. During that time, he was voted the International League’s Smartest Player five times. In 1964, Anderson accepted his first managerial post with the Toronto Maple Leafs, an opportunity afforded to him by fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Kent Cooke. After compiling an 80-72 record for the Leafs, he made his way up the managerial ladder to become one of the most successful skippers in big league history.

Read more HERE.

February 18, 2012


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Expos icon, Blue Jays ambassador of baseball officially gains citizenship at 84
St. Marys – After living 43 years in Canada while carrying a USA passport, Jim Fanning officially became a Canadian citizen at 1:30pm on Saturday in a ceremony in London, Ontario. The spirit-lifting honour couldn’t have come at a better time for the former Montreal Expos boss and current Ambassador of Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, who has been heavy-hearted due to the loss of his friend Gary Carter, another Expos’ icon, who passed away at 57 on Thursday following a battle with brain cancer.
William James Fanning, 84, was accompanied by his wife of 27 years, Maria, as well as his daughter, Cynthia Jayne, 22, who recently graduated from the University of Waterloo, and his son, Frank James, 21, the lead guitarist for the rock ‘n roll band named of “Entropy,” and an instructor at SW London Baseball. The ceremony was also attended by Tom Valcke, president & CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
“As accomplished as Jim was, if you look up his stolen bases, you’ll find nothing,” quipped Montreal’s George Springate, Canada’s Senior Citizenship Judge, who presided over the ceremony for his friend of 40+ years.
“Fanning was slow! But not as slow as having taken 43 years to finally become a Canadian citizen!,” the former CFL-er Springate added, much to the delight of the crowd. Springate has presided over more than 1,400 such ceremonies.
“Canada has been so good to me!”, praised Fanning, who was appointed as the first general manager of the Expos in August of 1968.
“I love the country. I love the people. I want to give back, and this is the best way I know how to say thank you.”
Fanning can easily recall the afternoon of April 8, 1969, but not without getting teary-eyed, when the Expos took the field for the first time at Shea Stadium in New York against the Mets. His team won 11-10, but it is not the victory that is embedded in Fanning’s heart.
“It was the exhilaration of seeing the flags of the United States and Canada being flown side-by-side for first time, and hearing the anthems back-to-back. I have never experienced anything more beautiful and powerful,” said the emotional former Cubs’ catcher, who was born September 14, 1927 in Chicago.
The Expos then went on to win their first home game, at Jarry Park on April 14, 1969, when they edged the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7, which was a sell-out and broadcast nation-wide on CBC television and radio.
Fanning went on to serve the Expos in numerous capacities for a quarter-century, most memorably as their field manager in 1981 when he led Montreal into the playoffs for the only time in the 36-year history of the franchise. It was Carter who was behind the plate catching Steve Rogers when the Expos went on to win their first and only playoff series against the mighty Philadelphia Phillies.
Fanning was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, Carter followed him in 2001, and Rogers was next in 2005. Charles Bronfman, the original Expos owner, who was inducted in 1984, remains a dear friend to Fanning to this day. Claude Raymond, Ron Piche, John McHale, Andre Dawson, and Larry Walker are further Expos-related inductees, and New Brunswick’s Rheal Cormier, along with Rusty Staub, nicknamed by the Montreal faithful “Le Grand Orange,” will be enshrined on June 23, 2012.
Visibly shaken by Carter’s death, Fanning was unable to discuss the topic publicly until the following day. With Expo stalwarts Charlie Lea and Woodie Fryman also dying over the past year, Fanning described the recent losses as “the Expos tree losing its leaves.”
When asked what his greatest acquisition was over his tenure with the Expos, Fanning immediately replies that it was his wife Marie. With equal love and admiration, Marie considers her husband to be “the trunk of the Expos’ tree,” and she is not alone.
With Fanning now proudly being adorned a Canadian citizen, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame now considers that Expos tree to be an “Acer Rubrum,” the scientific name for “Red Maple”.
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St. Marys – Gary Carter took the tough hops and thanked God for the compliment. He was an inspiration to Canadians and fans beyond our border, on the field, off the field, and throughout his final battle in our world against the demon of cancer. No matter what pitch was thrown at him, it was like “Kid” just kept fouling them off, refusing to give in, a hundred times over. He was a class act, a gentleman, a gamer, a leader, and a role model for youth who desired to play the game the way it should be played, with pride, passion, unbridled enthusiasm and pure joy. We are proud to have inducted Gary Carter into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Dave McKay, in 2001, and we are thankful that he now rests in a place where he no longer suffers. Due to the bond he had with his precious family, his legacy will live on through his amazing children, Christy, Kimmy and D.J. Due to the bond he had with Canadians, his legacy as one of the cornerstones of the Montreal Expos franchise will live on through his tens of thousands of fans in Montreal, throughout the province of Quebec, and all the way to each coast. Every guest who visits our museum will re-live Gary Carter’s infectious style and his tremendous positive impact on Canadians.

— Tom Valcke, President & CEO

February 16, 2012


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By Anthony DiComo /

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away Thursday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

Best known for his role on the 1986 World Series champion Mets and for his 10-year run with the Expos that preceded it, Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011. His condition took a turn for the worse when an MRI revealed new tumors in January 2012.

Nicknamed “Kid,” Carter hit 24 homers and knocked in 105 runs for the 1986 Mets, earning one of his 11 career All-Star selections and finishing third in National League MVP Award voting. His leap into the arms of reliever Jesse Orosco after the final out of World Series Game 7 remains one of the most indelible images in Mets history.

Read more HERE.

Gary Carter’s Hall of Fame page HERE.

February 14, 2012


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“Le Grand Orange” was the original face of the Montreal Expos

St. Marys – The original face of the Montreal Expos, the current mastermind of the uprising Milwaukee Brewers, the legendary lefthander from Moncton, New Brunswick, and the reigning gold medalists from the 2011 Pan Am Games will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame at 11:00am on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012.

The ceremony for Rusty Staub, Doug Melvin, Rheal Cormier and Team Canada (represented by field manager Ernie Whitt, GM Greg Hamilton, and as many players as can be rounded up) will take place on the ceremonial grounds beside the Ball Hall’s museum, located at 386 Church St. South, St. Marys, Ontario, culminating a festival of events that will include a celebrity slo-pitch game on the Thursday evening and a celebrity golf classic on Friday.

Daniel Joseph Staub, born April 1, 1944 in New Orleans, LA, and nicknamed “Rusty” for his red hair, was affectionately known as “Le Grand Orange” to Expos fans for the same reason. Staub wore the Expos uniform in three of his six All-Star games, in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He also toiled for the Expos in 1979. The left-handed slugger played a total of 518 games for the Expos, amassing 531 hits, 81 homeruns, 284 RBI, 24 stolen bases, and compiling a fourth best all-time .295 batting average, a .402 on-base percentage (1st), a .497 slugging percentage (2nd) and an .899 OPS (2nd). His attempts to learn the French language and his charitable work off the field endeared him to the French-Canadian fans, as did his play on the field. His uniform number (10) was first jersey ever retired by the Expos. In 1972, Expos traded Staub to the Mets for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, and Mike Jorgenson, a trio that flourished with the Expos for years to follow.

Staub is the only player in Major League history to chalk up more than 500 hits for four different teams (Houston, Montreal, Detroit, New York Mets). He, along with Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield, are the only players ever to hit a homerun in the major leagues before the age of 20 and after the age of 40. The burly outfielder/first baseman hit at least one homerun in 23 consecutive seasons, third-best all-time behind Ricky Henderson (25) and Cobb (24). Staub’s 2,951 games played rank him 12th all-time, and of those 12, only he and Pete Rose are not yet inducted into Cooperstown.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized as a special player, especially when the award is of such ilk,” said Staub from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“For me, it’s even more special because of my relationships with so many people in Montreal, Quebec and all over Canada. I have shared some great memories of my career during the time the Expos introduced Major League baseball to Canada. My first three years in Montreal were great times. To help establish our franchise all over Canada was one of the fondest periods of my career. I sincerely would like to thank the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for honouring me.”

Rheal Cormier, born April 23, 1967, in Moncton New Brunswick, pitched 16 years in the major leagues, the third most seasons played by a Canadian, behind Fergie Jenkins and Matt Stairs (tied with 19), and Larry Walker (17). His 683 games pitched for St. Louis (1991-‘94), Boston (1995, 1999-‘00), Montreal (1996-‘97), Philadelphia (2001-‘06), and Cincinnati (2006-‘07) represent the most outings ever by a Canadian behind Canadian Baseball Hall-of-Famer Paul Quantrill (841). He was drafted in the sixth round in 1988 by the St. Louis Cardinals, and was one of only eight Canucks selected that year. He finished his Major League career with 71 wins, a 4.03 ERA, 1221 innings pitched, and 760 strikeouts alongside 317 bases on balls. His best season was 2003 for the Phillies, where he finished with an 8-0 win-loss record, a 1.70 ERA, pitching 84 innings while striking out 67 and allowing just 54 hits. Having only played twice in the post-season, in 1995 and 1999 (both with Boston), Cormier pitched in eight games, compiling a 1.08 ERA over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.

Cormier also pitched for Canada’s 1985 Junior National Team, as well as for Team Canada at the 1987 Pan Am Games and Intercontinental Cup, the 1988 and 2008 Olympic Summer Games, and in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In 1996, the Expos nominated him for the True Value Roberto Clemente Award for his involvement in several school programs in New Brunswick and because he was a spokesman for a teenage anti-suicide and anti-drug campaigns.

“This is an unbelievable honour to have been chosen and mentioned in the same breath as the great Canadians who have been inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame before me,” stated Cormier from his home in Park City, Utah.

Doug Melvin, born August 8, 1952, is Chatham, Ontario’s second most famous baseball man, behind Hall-of-Famer Fergie Jenkins. 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.

Melvin was named Baseball Executive of the Year in 2011 by Baseball America after the team won a franchise-record 96 games and won the National League Central Division title. Melvin was also awarded Co-Executive of the Year by The Sporting News along with Detroit? Tiger’s Dave Dombrowski. Prior to that, in addition to Melvin being inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, he won a pair of Executive of the Year Awards in 1996 and 1998. Prior to the 2011 season, he was credited with acquiring former American League Cy Young winner Zack Greinke, pitcher Shaun Marcum, and outfielder Nyjer Morgan via trades. On the night of the 2011 All-Star Game, Melvin acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez, and later in the season, Jerry Hairston. Both veterans proved to be key contributors to the team’s second post-season appearance in four years.

Heading into the 2012 season, Melvin and his staff made a number of key free agent signings to keep the team strong, including the signing of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Japanese League. Melvin also bolstered the bullpen by acquiring reliever Jose Veras via trade with Pittsburgh. Melvin also inked one of the Brewers? homegrown stars, National League MVP Ryan Braun, to a long-term extension through the 2020 season, marking the longest contract in franchise history.

During his time as General Manager, Melvin has dramatically overhauled the Brewers’ roster, creating a roster of veteran players alongside the homegrown, youthful talent. In his eight years as General Manager, Melvin has recorded 717 wins, three winning seasons, two Postseason berths and a NL Central Division Championship. His acquisition of CC Sabathia in 2008 was instrumental to the Brewers entering its first post-season since 1982. He is one of five Canadian natives to ever be a Major League General Manager, joining George Selkirk of the Washington Senators, Murray Cook of the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds, Gord Ash of the Toronto Blue Jays, who currently works with the Brewers, and current Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.

Doug and his wife Ellen have also been visible in the community, making a yearly commitment to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. In appreciation of the community support, they donate $25,000 a year to selected programs through the Brewers Community Foundation. Doug and Ellen have two children, Ashley and Cory. Cory is in his fourth season in the organization as a professional scout. Melvin’s parents, Art and Bernice, as well as his brother Andy and sister Chris still reside in Chatham.

“I am surprised and excited and honoured to hear the news of my induction, and I hope that my induction continues to bring awareness to those who aspire a front office career in our great game,” said Melvin from his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Two Hall-of-Famers set high standards for Canadians in baseball. Fergie Jenkins inspired me as a player and Pat Gillick inspired me as a front office executive. Since my little leagues days in Chatham in the 1960’s, baseball in Canada has grown rapidly with increased participation and the awareness that Canada can compete with any other country. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is the driving force that energizes the youth of Canadian baseball with its programs. Their hard work to preserve Canada’s baseball heritage is also recognized, respected and appreciated throughout the country and the baseball industry.”

The 2011 Team Canada Senior National Team, managed by Hall-of-Famer Ernie Whitt, had a storybook year in taking their first-ever gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games, held in Guadalajara, Mexico that followed their second consecutive bronze medal at the World Cup, held in Panama City. Canada now is ranked sixth in the world by the International Baseball Federation, its highest ever. While Canada is also peaking at the Major League level, with a record 26 natives having seen time in 2011, Whitt only had three ex-major leaguers on his roster in Scott Richmond, Shawn Hill and Mike Johnson. The teams Business Manager was Windsor’s Bernie Soulliere, who was Inducted into the Ball Hall with Whitt in 2009. Fellow Windsorite third base coach Stubby Clapp was a member of Canada’s 1991 World Jr. gold medal winning team that was inducted into the Ball Hall in 1992.

At the Pan Am Games, Canada opened with a 5-4 over Puerto Rico, and then lost to Cuba 9-5. After beating Venezuela 4-1, which qualified them for the medal round, Team Canada edged the host Mexico 5-3 in the semi-finals, and took down the undefeated USA 2-1 to win gold. Andrew Albers, from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, who chalked up a win and struck out 10 over nine innings in two games, compiled an ERA of 1.86. James Van Ostrand, of Richmond, British Columbia, led Canada offensively with nine hits in 19 at bats for a .474 average, an on-base percentage of .565 and a slugging percentage of .579.

In the World Cup, where Canada has only won two medals ever, Whitt’s troops opened with four consecutive victories, winning 9-1 over Puerto Rico, handing World Baseball Classic defending champion Japan 3-1, a mercy-rule 12-2 spanking of Greece, and 4-0 shutout of Chinese Taipei. Following a 12-3 loss to Panama, Canada then beat The Netherlands 5-4 and took down the USA 6-1. Australia then handed the Canucks their second loss 7-0, but Canada rebounded with a 7-0 win over Venezuela and a 4-0 blanking of South Korea to complete the qualifying round. Cuba came on strong to beat the Canadians 8-2 in the semi-finals, and rainy weather prevented the bronze medal game against the USA from being played. Canada was awarded the bronze based on their earlier defeat of the Americans. Jonathan Malo, of Joliette, Quebec, was named to the Tournament All-Star Team, going 13-for34 at the plate for a .382 batting average. Albers chalked up a pair of wins and a sparkling 0.00 ERA over four games, striking out nine over 15 innings.

“I’ve got chills up and down all over again,” gleamed Whitt.

“I am just thrilled to hear this great news, first for the players that work so hard to represent Canada and finally bringing home the gold, and secondly, I was so happy for Greg (Hamilton) and his staff who has work so hard with Baseball Canada.”

“I’m very proud to to have been associated with a great group of players and staff to represent Canada. I will never forget the feeling of watching our players on the podium as the national anthem was played. WOW – what a feeling!”

Hamilton, the coach and director of Baseball Canada’s national team programs, who was recently named the most influential person in Canadian baseball, was also elated to hear the news.

‘It’s an absolute honour for our players, coaches and staff to be enshrined as a team in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said from his home in Ottawa.

“We are all so very proud of the opportunity to wear our country’s colours in international competition, and to have our team’s accomplishments recognized and associated with Canadian baseball excellent is simply special.”


2012 SUMMER CAMPS for Boys & Girls – July 8-14
* Week-long camps (drop off Sunday evening, pick-up Saturday morning), including accommodation & meals
* Focus on baseball FUNdamentals, swimming, soccer & tennis, trip to Rogers Centre
* Social Justice and Cultural Awareness programs incorporated & Baseball Celebrities take part

Oct 9-May 4>> Museum Open for pre-booked tours only
May 5>> Museum opens 2012
Thursday, June 21>> Celebrity ball game 7pm
Friday, June 22>> London Salutes Canadian Baseball Breakfast
Friday, June 22 >> 16th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic
Saturday, June 23 >> Induction Ceremony 2012

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
P.O. Box 1838 (140 Queen St. E.)St. Marys, ON, Canada, N4X 1C2
Tel: (519) 284-1838 – Toll Free: 1-877-250-BALL
Fax: (519) 284-1234 – Website:

VISION: A culture which champions education, respect, diversity and healthy lifestyles across generations.


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Arthur Irwin played sandlot baseball in Toronto, before moving to Boston at age 15. Signed by the National League’s Worcester Ruby Legs, the young Canadian made his major league debut on May 1, 1880. The finest season of his 11-year playing career was in 1883, when he hit .286 and registered 116 hits with the Providence Grays. When the Grays captured the league crown the following year, he became the first Canadian to be part of a championship squad.


The gritty infielder revolutionized fielding after he broke two fingers on his left hand in 1885. Unwilling to sit out with the injury, Irwin took a large buckskin driving glove, padded it, made a fastening at the back and sewed the third and fourth fingers together to leave room for the bandages. In devising this contraption, Irwin has been credited with inventing the fielder’s glove.

Read more HERE.


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After leading Ingersoll and Guelph to Ontario championships, Oscar Judd played in seven different pro and semi-pro leagues prior to his major league debut in 1941. His minor league odyssey included stints in the Cubs and Cardinals organizations. While in the Cards system, Judd, who had hit as high as .416 in 1939, was asked by baseball legend Branch Rickey to become a full-time outfielder, but the Southern Ontario southpaw refused.


Judd would make his big league debut with the Red Sox in 1941, but it wasn’t until 1942, at age 34, that he became a regular starter, posting eight wins and a 3.89 ERA. The following season was Judd’s finest, when he fashioned an 11-6 record, a sparkling 2.90 ERA and earned himself a trip to the all-star game.

Read more HERE.

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