Selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1982 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves, Duane Ward was dealt to the Blue Jays for Doyle Alexander on July 6, 1986. From 1988 to 1992, the hard-throwing right-hander established himself as one of the best shutdown set-up men in the game, combining with closer and 2011 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tom Henke to form the most overpowering and beloved bullpen tandem in franchise history.
“YOU RETURN A MAN to dust and say, ‘Return, O children of man!'” the reverend prays to God, quoting Psalm 90 about the brevity of human life. “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past.”
The preacher, standing in one corner at the front of a chapel drenched in warm apricot tones, plays a traditional role in this ancient ceremony. So does the keyboardist in the opposite corner, sitting on the other side of a flower-topped casket. But the front row at this memorial service is empty, and the mourners around the room sit far apart. The speakers and singers wear masks, and staff members at the Paradise Memorial Funeral Home in Miami don gloves. It’s just before Good Friday, and the coronavirus pandemic gives new meaning to walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
John Olerud Toronto Blue Jays All-Star jersey. 1993.
This is a 1993 Toronto Blue Jays John Olerud All-Star jersey. This
jersey was worn by Olerud in the 1993 All-Star Game at Oriole Park at Camden
Yards. The jersey was sold at the 1993 All-Star FanFest Charity Auction, of
which the proceeds went towards the Children’s Defense Fund.
Baseball Canada jersey, autographed by team. 2002.
This jersey was autographed by the 2002 Baseball Canada Jr. Team. The
Baseball Canada Jr. Team played in St. Marys on July 21, 2002. The jersey
includes the signatures of Russell Martin, Adam Loewen, Dave Davidson, Chris
Leroux, Dustin Molleken, Chris Robinson, and Jamie Romak – all future MLB
This is a Stubby Clapp game-used, autographed 2017 Memphis Redbirds
jersey. The Memphis Redbirds are the AAA affliate for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Clapp was the Manager in 2017 and 2018 and he won the league championship both
years. Clapp was the 2017 and 2018 PCL Manager of the Year and the 2017 Baseball
America Minor League Manager of the Year. Stubby Clapp is a Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame Inductee as part of Baseball Canada.
This is a 2016 Scott Richmond EDA Rhinos jersey. The EDA Rhinos is a
Chinese Professional Baseball League team, which has been called the
“Fubon Guardians” since 2017. The team played under the name EDA
Rhinos from 2013-2016. Scott Richmond collected nine wins and pitched 152-2/3
innings to help the EDA Rhinos win a Taiwan Series championship. He earned the
CPBL’s equivalent of a Gold Glove, as the league’s top fielding pitcher.
Richmond is a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee as part of Team Canada.
Larry Walker St. Louis Cardinals game-used jersey. 2005.
This Cardinals jersey was worn by Larry Walker in his final year playing
in the Major Leagues. Walker played for the Cardinals in 2004-2005, his last
two years in the Major Leagues. During his career, the five-time All-Star won
seven Gold Glove awards, three Silver Slugger awards, and three batting titles.
Éric Gagné Los Angeles Dodgers game-used jersey. 2004.
Éric Gagné saved a total of 187 games, which is the most of any Canadian Major League player. In 2004, when Gagné wore this jersey, he saved 45 games and was an All-Star. He also set the all-time record for consecutive Major League saves with 84, from August 28, 2002 – July 3, 2004.
Justin Morneau played for the Minnesota Twins from 2003-2013. In 2006,
the year Morneau wore this jersey, he was the American League MVP. Morneau
autographed both sides of the jersey and included “06 AL MVP” with