Statement from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Jim McKean

“The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is saddened to learn of the passing of Jim McKean, a 2004 inductee into our museum. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Jim was one of the most respected major-league umpires of his generation, and had an outstanding career as a CFL quarterback prior to donning the blue. During his 28 years as a big-league umpire, Jim oversaw seven no-hitter, worked three World Series and had the plate for the first interleague game in MLB history.  He didn’t allow his Canadian roots to get in the way when, in 1993, he ejected Blue Jays’ then-mascot B.J. Birdy from a game at SkyDome. Upon his retirement, Jim spent eight years working as an umpire supervisor. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of our Hall of Fame and regularly returned to St. Marys to attend our induction ceremonies. We will miss him dearly, but we will ensure that the story of his successful career in baseball will continue to be told in our museum. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. Jim will always have a special place in our hearts.”

Read more about Jim McKean HERE.