With his 6-foot-5 frame making him one of the tallest catchers in big league history, Larry McLean toiled for parts of 13 seasons in the majors. Dubbed “Larry” due to his physical resemblance to Larry “Nap” Lajoie, the young Maritmer moved to the Boston area with his family when he was a child, but returned to his native country to begin his pro career. McLean would suit up for semi-pro squads in St. John and Fredericton, prior to making his big league debut with Boston in 1901. After just nine games in Beantown, however, McLean was released and soon resurfaced with the Halifax Resolutes.
He competed in one contest with the Chicago Cubs in 1903 and 27 more with the St. Louis Cardinals the following campaign, before returning to the minors. His .355 batting average with the Pacific Coast League’s Portland Beavers in 1906 earned him another big league opportunity with the Cincinnati Reds. It was in the Queen City that “Big Larry” would enjoy his greatest big league success, hitting .289 and knocking in 54 runs in 1907, prior to delivering a career-best .298 batting average and 71 RBIs in 1910.
Andre Dawson was a standout at Florida A&M University when he was spotted by Montreal Expos scout, Bill Adair, who would convince his employers to select the Miami native in the 11thround of the 1975 amateur draft. After minor league stints in Lethbridge, Quebec City and Denver, Dawson would make his big league debut on September 11, 1976. The following year, he would hit .282 and belt 19 home runs, earning himself National League Rookie of the Years honours.
Over his next nine seasons with the Expos, the five-tool outfielder evolved into the best all-around player in franchise history. In Dawson’s successful tenure in Montreal, he was selected to three all-star teams, won three Silver Slugger Awards and captured six Gold Gloves. The quiet Expos leader was also named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1981. In his 11 seasons in Montreal, Dawson accumulated 225 home runs, 838 RBIs and 2,679 total bases – all numbers that rank second in franchise history. For his efforts, his No. 10 was retired by the club in 1997.
Elite 12: Members of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
By Kevin Glew
There are now 12 members of the
exclusive group of players, managers and executives to be inducted into both
the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont.
Here’s a rundown of the 12
members of this exclusive club:
Born in Chatham, Ontario, the
6-foot-5 right-hander was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in
1987 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. During his 19-year big
league career, which extended from 1965 to 1983, Jenkins recorded a
Canadian-record 284 wins for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas
Rangers and Boston Red Sox. His resume boasts six consecutive 20-win seasons
(1967-72), three All-Star selections and the 1971 National League Cy Young
Award. The durable Canadian also registered 3,192 strikeouts. while walking
just 997 batters to become the first major league pitcher to finish their
career with more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks. Greg Maddux,
Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling have since joined him in that exclusive club.
Cairo, Ga., this trailblazing legend was inducted into the Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Prior to
breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Robinson starred at
second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers triple-A farm team, in
1946. It’s widely believed that Dodgers GM Branch Rickey stationed Robinson in
Montreal to ease his young prospect into integrated baseball. Playing his home
games in a city with a reputation for racial tolerance would provide Robinson
with relative tranquility for half the schedule. On the field, Robinson
excelled, leading the International League in batting average (.349), walks
(92) and runs (113), and spurring the Royals to their first Junior World Series
triumph. After graduating to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson would be selected
to play in six All-Star games, be named the 1949 National League MVP and win a
World Series ring in 1955.
Chico, Calif., Gillick was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in
1997 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. The savvy talent evaluator
became the Toronto Blue Jays’ vice president of player personnel in 1976,
before being named general manager and vice president of baseball operations
the ensuing year. In his 18 years in Toronto, he transformed an expansion club
into World Champions. With Gillick as GM, the Blue Jays recorded 11 consecutive
winning seasons (1983-93), captured five division titles (1985, 1989, 1991-93)
and won two World Championships (1992-93). After leaving the Blue Jays, Gillick
led three more franchises to post-season appearances: Baltimore (1996-97),
Seattle (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2007-08). This makes him the only GM to
guide four different clubs to the playoffs. When the Phillies won the World
Series in 2008, Gillick added a third championship to his resume.
Born in Culver City, Calif., Carter was inducted into the
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame
in 2003. Signed out of high school by the Montreal Expos in 1972, Carter spent
17 years with the franchise, including three seasons in the minors, 11 in the
majors and three as a broadcaster. Nicknamed “Kid” for his boyish enthusiasm
for the game, Carter belted 220 home runs as an Expo (3rd on the Expos all-time list) in 1,502 games
with the club (2nd on the
Expos all-time list), and was named the team’s Player of the Year four times.
In all, in his 19-year big league career that also included stops with the New
York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, the popular catcher
participated in 11 All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves and five Silver
Slugger Awards.The two-time All-Star Game MVP (1981,1984) also holds the
National League record for most games caught (2,056) and was a member of the
1986 World Series-winning Mets.
Born in Miami, Fla., Dawson was inducted into the Canadian
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Selected by the Montreal Expos in the 11th round of the 1975 MLB amateur draft, Dawson
batted .282 and belted 19 home runs to earn National League Rookie of the Year
honours in 1977. Over his next nine seasons with the Expos, the five-tool
outfielder evolved into one of the best all-around players in franchise
history. While with Montreal, Dawson was selected to three All-Star teams, won
three Silver Slugger Awards and captured six Gold Gloves. The quiet Expos
leader was also named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1981. In his 11
seasons in Montreal, Dawson accumulated 225 home runs, 838 RBI and 2,679 total
bases – all numbers that rank second in franchise history. After leaving
the Expos, Dawson enjoyed an MVP season with the Chicago Cubs in 1987 and spent
five more seasons at Wrigley, earning four more All-Star nods, before splitting
his final four seasons between the Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins. In all,
in parts of 21 big league campaigns, Dawson recorded 2,774 hits, 438 home runs
and 314 stolen bases.
Norristown, Pa., Lasorda was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
in 2006 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Best known as the
colourful and beloved manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lasorda spent the
bulk of his professional playing career in Canada. Starting in 1950, Lasorda
pitched a record nine seasons (1950-55, 1958-60) with the Montreal Royals, the
Dodgers’ triple-A affiliate. He would retire as the team’s all-time leader in
wins (107), games pitched (251) and innings pitched (1,461). The ebullient
baseball icon would, of course, maintain his association with the Dodgers and
eventually serve 21 seasons (1976-96) as field boss with the club. During his
reign, Lasorda’s teams captured eight division crowns, four National League
pennants and two World Series titles.
Bridgewater, South Dakota, Anderson was inducted into the Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame in 2007 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Signed by
the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953, Anderson was a heady infielder who played six of
his 10 minor league seasons with the International League’s Montreal Royals
(1956, 1958) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1960-63). During that time, he was voted
the International League’s Smartest Player five times. In 1964, Anderson
accepted his first professional managerial post with the Toronto Maple Leafs
and after compiling an 80-72 record, he made his way up the managerial ladder
to become one of the most successful skippers in big league history. After being
named field boss of the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, the Big Red Machine
won National League pennants in 1970, 1972 and 1973 and World Series
titles in 1975 and 1976. The four-time manager of the year would join the
Detroit Tigers in 1979 and lead the club to a Fall Classic title in 1984 to
become the first manager to win a World Series in both the National and
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico,
Alomar was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the
National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. During his 17-year big league career,
the sure-handed second baseman batted an even .300, recorded 2,724 hits and
swiped 474 bases in 2,379 games with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays,
Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and
Arizona Diamondbacks. But it was in Toronto that he’d become a superstar.
Alomar was an All-Star and a Gold Glove Award winner in each of five seasons
with the Blue Jays and was a key contributor to three division-winning squads
(1991-93) and two World Series champion clubs (1992-93). In total during his
major league career, Alomar was selected to 12 All-Star games, won 10 Gold
Gloves and captured four Silver Slugger Awards.
Born in Sanford, Fla., Raines
was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the National
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. In his 23-year big league career, Raines
was a seven-time All-Star who suited up for 2,502 contests with the Montreal
Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles and
Florida Marlins. In his 13 seasons with the Expos (1979 to 1990, 2001), Raines
set franchise records in runs (947), stolen bases (635), triples (82), walks
(793), and singles (1,163). He also ranks second in Expos history in batting
average (.301) and hits (1,622). From 1981 to 1987, the fleet-footed outfielder
was selected to play in seven consecutive All-Star games and was named the MVP
of the 1987 Midsummer Classic. During that same period, he also won a National
League batting title in 1986 and topped the Senior Circuit in runs twice (1983,
1987) and in stolen bases four times (1981-84). He finished his career with 808
stolen bases, which ranks fifth in major league history.
Born in 1977 in Denver, Colo., Halladay was inducted into the Canadian
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in
2019. Selected in the first round of the 1995 MLB amateur draft by the Toronto Blue
Jays, the 6-foot-6 right-hander developed into a long-time ace with the club. In
parts of 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, Halladay made a team-record seven
Opening Day starts, won 20 games in a season twice (2003, 2008), led the
American League in complete games five times (2003, 2005, 2007-09), was a
six-time All-Star (2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-09) and captured the American
League’s Cy Young Award in 2003. He finished his Blue Jays career with a 148-76
won/loss record – good for a .661 winning percentage, which is the best in
franchise history. He also ranks second all-time amongst Blue Jays pitchers in
wins (148), shutouts (15) and strikeouts (1,495). After being dealt to the
Philadelphia Phillies in December 2009, Halladay continued his dominance in the
National League, winning his second Cy Young Award in 2010. On May 29th of that
season, he tossed the 20th perfect game in major league history and
just over four months later, on October 6, he became the first National League
pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs when he blanked the Cincinnati
Reds in the opening game of the National League Division Series. In all, in his
16-year major league career, Halladay was selected to eight All-Star games,
collected 203 wins and posted a .659 winning percentage.
Born in 1975 in Don Gregorio, Nizao, Dominican Republic, Guerrero was
inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the National
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Montreal
Expos in 1993, Guerrero boasted a tremendous combination of power and speed
that, coupled with his strong throwing arm, made him one of baseball’s best
all-around players during his eight seasons with the club. After he belted 38
home runs for the Expos in 1998, the five-tool outfielder made his first of
four consecutive All-Star appearances in 1999. Two seasons later, he became the
first Expo to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season, only
to outdo himself the following campaign when he narrowly missed becoming the
fourth member of Major League Baseball’s exclusive 40-40 club when he finished
with 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 2002. In all, in his eight seasons
with the Expos, Guerrero was a four-time All-Star (1999-02), a three-time
Silver Slugger Award winner (1999-00, 2002) and he established all-time Expos
records for batting average (.323), home runs (234) and slugging percentage
(.588). Following the 2003 campaign, Guerrero signed with the Los Angeles
Angels and continued to be one of baseball’s most dangerous hitters. In his six
seasons with the Angels, he was an All-Star four times (2004-07), captured four
Silver Slugger Awards (2004-07) and was named the American League MVP in 2004.
In all, in his 16-year big league career, which also included stops with the
Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Guerrero batted .318, walloped 449 home
runs and recorded a .553 career slugging percentage.
Born in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic, in 1971, Martinez was inducted
into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018 and into the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in 2015. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles
Dodgers in 1988, Martinez was used primarily as a reliever for parts of two
seasons with the Dodgers before he was dealt to the Montreal Expos. It was in
Montreal that his major league career would truly take off. A key member of the
Expos’ rotation in 1994, when the team owned a six-game lead atop the National
League East division in August before a strike wiped out the rest of the
season, Martinez evolved into the club’s ace. After he was selected to his
first All-Star Game in 1996, his 1997 season was one for the ages. In the midst
of the steroid era, when offensive numbers were exploding, Martinez posted a
17-8 record, led the league with a 1.90 ERA and his 305 strikeouts set a
single-season franchise record. For his efforts, he became the first and only
Expos pitcher to win the National League Cy Young Award. Unfortunately, due to
the organization’s financial constraints, the Expos dealt him to the Boston Red
Sox following that season. Martinez would continue his dominance in Beantown,
winning four American League ERA titles (1999-00, 2002-03) and two Cy Young
Awards (1999-00) in seven seasons with the club. In all, in his 18-year big
league career, which also included stops with the New York Mets and
Philadelphia Phillies, the eight-time All-Star recorded 219 wins, a 2.93 ERA
and is one of four pitchers to complete their career with more than 3,000
strikeouts (3,154) and less than 1,000 walks (760).
After two seasons as an outfielder in the Milwaukee Braves organization in 1964 and 1965, Toronto native Jim Ridley returned to Canada where he would have a significant impact on baseball in his home country for the next four decades.
While continuing his playing career in the Intercounty Baseball League – where he was named league MVP with Stratford Hillers in 1974 – Ridley launched his storied coaching and scouting career. He began as a part-time scout with the Detroit Tigers in 1973, before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 1976 to run the club’s first tryout camp in Utica, N.Y. In his 26 years as a scout with the Blue Jays, Ridley was the driving force behind the club’s decisions to sign Canadians like Paul Spoljaric, Rob Butler and David Corrente. He also served as a coach with the Blue Jays’ rookie-level affiliate in Medicine Hat from 1978 to 1980.
The Houston Astros offered Terry Puhl a contract after he led his hometown midget squad to a Canadian championship in 1973. The fleet-footed youngster would report to Houston’s rookie league club in Covington, Virginia, in 1974, where he would hit .284 and cement his status as a bona fide prospect.
Just five days after his 21st birthday, the wide-eyed Saskatchewan native would start his first big league game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. So nervous he was shaking, Puhl would overcome his jitters to record his first hit and score the game-winning run. He would go on to hit .301 in 60 games that season and win himself a starting role in 1978.
Rookie Mike Soroka from Calgary, Alberta is the newest Canadian All-Star and becomes the 21st different Canadian to be an MLB All-Star since the games started in 1936. Mike is just the 3rd rookie to be named to the All-Star game after Jason Dickson in 1997 and Jeff Zimmerman in 1999.
Joey Votto is the leader with being named to six All-Star games, with Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Eric Gagne, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, George Selkirk and Jeff Health all being named to multiple games.
A local, provincial and national volunteer for more than 40 years, Bernie Soulliere has helped transform Windsor, Ontario into one of Canada’s baseball hotbeds. The never-say-no Windsor native has coached hometown teams to four Ontario championships (1972, 1973, 1977, 1978) and two national titles (1972 and 1978). He has also served as the sports chair of the much-accomplished Mic-Mac Club since 1975 and acted as chair of the three World Junior Championships hosted by Windsor in 1986, 1987 and 1993.
On a provincial level, Soulliere was the president of Baseball Ontario from 1993 to 1995 and served as the general manager of the Ontario teams that won three consecutive gold medals at the Canada Summer Games in 1981, 1985 and 1989. Nationally, he was vice-president of Baseball Canada from 1992 to 1997 and has acted as Team Canada’s business manager countless times, including at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Bob Brown excelled on the diamond and the gridiron during his teen years, even playing college football for the fabled Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1890s. From 1900 to 1909, he played professional baseball in Montana, Oregon and Washington, where he led the Spokane Indians to a Pacific Coast League pennant in 1908.
In 1910, Brown moved to Vancouver to become the owner/playing manager of the Vancouver Beavers. Under his reign with the Beavers, his club captured three pennants (1911, 1914, 1922). The respected baseball man also initiated the building of Capilano Stadium and became vice-president and general manager of the Capilanos club. Brown organized the first game played in Canada under lights and also served as the president of the Western International League from 1938 to 1953.
St. Marys, Ont.
– The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that our expanded
and renovated museum will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 27
at 10 a.m.
The revamped St.
Marys, Ont.-based shrine, which now includes a 2,500-square foot addition, will
boast new interactive exhibits and a visitors
lounge for groups and social events. Also included are an archive and resource
library that will house the Hall’s historic documents and serve as the new home
of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.
Renovations to the original stone
house, which has functioned as the museum’s home for the past two decades, have
also been completed. This part of the museum will continue to showcase one-of-a-kind
artifacts but in fresh new professionally designed displays.
re-opening marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our museum,” said
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame board chair Adam Stephens. “We’re looking
forward to every fan of Canadian baseball being able to see our enhanced facility
and our new and interactive exhibits that tell the story of Canada’s rich
Hall’s brand-new visitors’ lounge will feature a unique collection of original
baseball artwork and offer guests an opportunity to view footage from previous
induction ceremonies. This room will also be available to the public to rent.
With the new archive and resource
library, the Hall will be able to better store our collection, while the Centre
for Canadian Baseball Research will provide opportunities for researchers to
access the Hall’s vast collection of historical resources and documents.
The museum will be open six days a week (Tuesdays through Sundays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 27 to September 2. It will be closed on Mondays except for holidays. Fall and winter hours please check the website
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame would like to thank the following financial supporters whose generous contributions
helped make the new museum possible:
Charles Bronfman, Government of Ontario
R. Howard Webster Foundation
Kaye and Paul Beeston, FedDev Ontario, Margaret D King and Family, In Memory of the John Marshall Lind Family, Don and Marion McDougall, Rotary Club of St. Marys, J.B. and Tish Tudor
Rogers Communications Inc., Cathy and Rob Taylor, Larry Walker
Tammy Adkin, Barb and Keith Fawcett, The Hamade Family, Joan and Dick MacPherson, Philip Parkinson, John Starzynski, Adam and Deidra Stephens
Michael and Susan Davies, John and Patricia Harlton, Betsy and Anthony Little, Ken and Madeline Parkinson and Bob and Gill Stephens
The Canadian Baseball Hall of
Fame’s annual induction festivities will be held from June 13 to June 15. This
year’s class consists of former big league players Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and
Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, B.C.), as well as long-time professional coach Rob
Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Gord Ash
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Réouverture du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien le 27 avril
St-Marys, Ontario – Le Temple de la
renommée et musée du baseball canadien est heureux d’annoncer l’ouverture du
nouveau musée ce samedi, 27 avril à 10 h.
Tout juste agrandi de 2500 pieds carrés et
fraîchement rénové, le musée présentera de nouvelles salles d’exposition et une
salle de réception pour les groupes et les événements. Fait également parti du
musée une bibliothèque d’archives comprenant les documents historiques du
Temple et qui accueillera maintenant le Centre de recherches pour le baseball
Les rénovations à la maison d’origine faite
de pierres, qui a abrité le musée au cours des 20 dernières années, sont
également complétées. Vous pourrez toujours contempler des artéfacts dans cette
partie du musée, dans une nouvelle présentation conçue professionnellement.
« Cette grande réouverture marque le
début d’un nouveau chapitre excitant pour notre musée, a déclaré le président
du conseil d’administration Adam Stephens. Nous espérons que chaque Canadien
partisan de baseball aura la chance de venir voir nos installations améliorées
et nos nouvelles expositions interactives qui racontent la riche histoire du
baseball au Canada. »
La nouvelle salle de réception mettra en
vedette des collections d’œuvres d’art unique sur le baseball et diffusera les
cérémonies d’intronisation passées. Cette salle pourra également être louée.
Avec la nouvelle section d’archives, le
Temple pourra maintenant mieux préserver sa collection alors que le Centre de
recherches pour le baseball canadien permettra aux chercheurs d’accéder à la
vaste collection historique du Temple.
Le musée sera ouvert six jours par semaine,
du mardi au dimanche, de 10 h à 17 h, du 27 avril au 2 septembre. Le musée sera
fermé les lundis à l’exception des jours fériés. Visitez notre site web pour
les heures d’ouverture à l’automne et à l’hiver.
Le Temple de la renommée et musée du
baseball canadien aimerait remercier les gens suivants pour leur soutien
financier qui a rendu possible l’expansion du musée :
Charles Bronfman, Gouvernement de l’Ontario
Fondation R. Howard Webster
Kaye et Paul Beeston, FedDev Ontario, Margaret D King et sa famille, À la mémoire de la famille de John Marshall Lind, Don et Marion McDougall, Le Club Rotary de St-Marys, J.B. et Tish Tudor
Rogers Communications Inc., Cathy et Rob Taylor, Larry Walker
Tammy Adkin, Barb et Keith Fawcett, la famille Hamade, Joan et Dick MacPherson, Philip Parkinson, John Starzynski, Adam et Deidra Stephens
Michael et Susan Davies, John et Patricia Harlton, Betsy et Anthony Little, Ken et Madeline Parkinson et Bob et Gill Stephens
d’intronisation du Temple de la renommée aura lieu du 13 au 15 juin. Cette
année, les intronisés sont les anciens joueurs Jason Bay (Trail, C.-B.) et Ryan
Dempster (Sechelt, C.-B.), l’instructeur Rob Thomson (Corunna, ON) et l’ancien
directeur-gérant des Blue Jays de Toronto Gord Ash (Toronto, ON).
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Signed by the Blue Jays in 1979, Tony Fernandez played 12 memorable seasons in Toronto, winning the hearts of fans with his patented submarine-style throws, unparalleled range and clutch hitting. The popular Dominican shortstop suited up for 15 games with the Jays in 1983, before being named the club’s top rookie in 1984. In his first year as an everyday shortstop, Fernandez hit .289 to help propel the Jays to their first American League East title.
Over the next five seasons, Fernandez established himself as one of baseball’s best all-around shortstops, leading the Jays in batting average twice (1986, 1987), hits three times (1986, 1988, 1990) and triples four times (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990). He was also a three-time all-star and four-time Gold Glove winner during that stretch. After two seasons in the National League with the Padres and Mets, Fernandez was dealt back to the Jays in June 1993. He would proceed to hit .306 in 94 games and play an integral role on the World Series-winning squad. In the six-game Fall Classic that year, Fernandez hit .333 and drove in a series-best nine runs.