Tim Raines

HALL OF FAMER TIM RAINES

Born in 1959 in Sanford, Fla., Raines blossomed into one of the best leadoff hitters in major league history. A fifth-round pick of the Montreal Expos in 1977, Raines excelled for parts of 13 seasons in Canada. From 1981 to 1987, the fleet-footed outfielder was selected to seven consecutive all-star teams 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 and in stolen bases four times.

In 1,452 games with the Expos, 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).

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Tim Wallach

HALL OF FAMER TIM WALLACH

Born in 1957 in Huntington Beach, Calif., Tim Wallach is the Expos’ all-time leader in several statistical categories, including games played (1,767), hits (1,694), doubles (360), RBI (905) and total bases (2,728). Nicknamed “Eli” by his teammates, Wallach also ranks third all-time amongst Expos in runs (737) and fourth in home runs (204).

Chosen 10th overall by the Expos in the 1979 amateur draft, Wallach began his big league career as an outfielder before evolving into the best third baseman in the franchise’s history. In 13 seasons with the Expos from 1980 to 1992, Wallach was selected to five all-star games (1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990), won three Gold Gloves (1985, 1988, 1990) and captured two Silver Slugger Awards (1985, 1987). He was also named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team in 1981, topped the National League in doubles in 1987 and 1989 and finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 1987.

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Jim Fanning

HALL OF FAMER JIM FANNING

Serving as a player, manager, executive and community ambassador, Jim Fanning has spent over 60 years in professional baseball. The Chicago Cubs signed him as a catcher in 1949 and he played 64 games over four seasons, before pursuing a managing career. After managerial stops in Tulsa, Dallas, Eau Claire and Greenville, fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, John McHale, hired him as a special assignment scout for the Milwaukee Braves in 1963. The following year Fanning was promoted to assistant general manager, a post he would hold until 1967.

By this time, Fanning’s scouting skills had impressed many, including those in Major League Baseball’s head office, and in 1968, he was hired to be the first scouting director of Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau. But Fanning’s tenure at that position would be a short one. In August 1968, he was named the first general manager of the Montreal Expos.

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FOURTH ANNUAL CANADIAN BASEBALL HISTORY CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER TO INCLUDE A MUSEUM TOUR

Fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference set for November to include a museum tour

The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held on November 9th and 10th  at Museum London in London, Ont.

The event, which brings together baseball fans and researchers from across the country, is once again being organized by Andrew North, who is a long-time Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and the co-founder of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

This year’s conference will also include a bus trip to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont., where attendees will have a chance to visit the newly expanded facility.

“We’re excited to share our new museum with such a hardcore group of baseball enthusiasts,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “Andrew and his wife, Elena, do such an excellent job of organizing this conference. I’ve been at every one of them and I’ve learned something new from each presentation.”

Fifteen presentations will be made at this year’s conference that will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday and then half the day on Sunday. The presentations will cover a wide variety of Canadian baseball history topics, including talks that will shine the spotlight on Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Bob Emslie, Harry Simmons, Mary “Bonnie” Baker (a Canadian All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player) and George Sleeman.

For a complete list of the presentations and for more information about the conference, please visit this page HERE

The registration fee for the conference is $70, which covers all of the presentations, continental breakfasts both days, a catered lunch on Saturday, and tours of both the Museum London Art Gallery and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

If you have any questions about the conference, you can contact Andrew North at mavrix@rogers.com. To register, you can send $70 via e-Transfer to mavrix@rogers.com, or a cheque (made out to the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research) to 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys Ont. N4X 0A6.

Jack Graney award winner Bob Elliott

HALL OF FAMER BOB ELLIOTT

Bob Elliott plaque - Copy (2)1Born in Kingston, Ont., in 1949, Elliott was introduced to baseball by his father, Bob, and grandfather, Chaucer, both of whom were superb athletes. A second baseman who discovered early in his teens that he couldn’t hit the curveball, Elliott turned his attention to baseball statistics. His career in journalism began when he started compiling box scores for Kingston’s senior team and submitting them to the Kingston Whig-Standard – a job that paid him $100 a season. When he was 17, he was offered a job as a sports reporter by the paper.

His mother burst into tears when he asked if he could accept the position. She wanted him to attend Queen’s University, but Elliott pleaded with his father who eventually brought his mother on side. His dad told him he could take the job on two conditions: one, that he finished Grade 12 and two, that he wouldn’t be like one of those Boston writers who didn’t vote for Ted Williams for the American League MVP in 1941 because they didn’t like him.

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William (Bill) Humber

HALL OF FAMER BILL HUMBER

Born in Toronto, Ont., in 1949, William Humber is widely acknowledged as Canada’s premier baseball historian. On top of the countless presentations about Canadian baseball history that he has done across North America, Humber has also authored several groundbreaking books on the topic, including Cheering for the Home Team (1983), Let’s Play Ball: Inside the Perfect Game (1989), The Baseball Book and Trophy(1993) and Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada (1995).

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Babe Ruth

CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME SELLING LIMITED EDITION BABE RUTH PRINTS

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints

Babe Ruth

On September 5, 1914, a 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitching prospect stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning and belted a three-run home run off of Toronto Maple Leafs hurler Ellis Johnson at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island.

Few thought much of the blast that reportedly cleared the right field fence. After all, the long ball came off of the bat of George Herman Ruth, who was batting ninth and toeing the rubber for the Double-A Providence Grays, and this husky teenager was destined for a future on the mound, not in the batter’s box.

But that home run turned out to be Babe Ruth’s first professional regular season – and only minor league – round-tripper. The Bambino, of course, graduated to the big leagues by the end of that season and eventually socked 714 four-baggers in a 22-year career, mostly with the New York Yankees.

With today being the 105th anniversary of that homerun, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is selling a limited number of prints (numbered out of 714) that commemorate his historic first homer.

Titled “The Babe and Toronto: A Legend Begins . . . September 5th, 1914,” these prints are signed by the artist, Pam Davies, and are being offered exclusively by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The cost is $50 plus shipping per print and proceeds will go towards the archiving of the artifacts.

“This is a great opportunity for fans to purchase a print that pays tribute to one of the greatest moments in Canadian baseball history,” said Scott Crawford, the Hall’s director of operations. “When you’re talking about baseball, there’s no one bigger than the Babe and we’re fortunate to have an exclusive opportunity to sell these prints.”

Created in 1985, the Ruth print is 18.5″ (width) by 25″ (length) and features action and profile shots of the Babe, a sketch of the stadium, the game’s box score and the Canada and U.S. flags.

It’s interesting to note that in the same game as his historic first home run, Ruth also pitched a complete-game, one-hitter to lead the Grays to a 9-0 win over the Maple Leafs in front of 2,300 fans at Hanlan’s Point Stadium. The only hit Ruth allowed was a single to Leafs catcher Billy Kelly.

To purchase one of these limited edition Ruth prints, please call the Hall of Fame at 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca.

Dave Shury

HALL OF FAMER DAVE SHURY

Dave ShuryThough diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and confined to a wheelchair for the last 40 years of his life, Dave Shury was a passionate and respected voice for Canadian baseball, leaving an indelible stamp on the sport at the local, provincial and national levels.

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in law in 1954, Shury helped develop the Saskatchewan Baseball Association the following year and was tabbed as the organization’s president in 1956. He also maintained a successful law practice, while doubling as the secretary of the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball, helping to organize our country’s first national senior team, one that would compete in the 1967 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg. Around the same time, Shury was also the driving force behind a successful campaign to secure government funding for Canadian baseball, which was critical in establishing Baseball Canada. For his efforts, he was named the first life member of Baseball Canada in 1972.

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MUSEUM HOURS

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

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Hours:
September 5, 2019 – October 12 – open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (not open October 13)
October 13 – April 30, 2020 – open for pre-booked group tours. Call 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca.

May 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 – Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (Open holiday Mondays from 10am-5pm)

Admission Fees:
Adult/Senior $12
Children (ages 10-17) $10
Children (ages 9 and under) Free
Family (2 adults/4 children) $35
Group tours $10 per person (10 or more people)

Contact information:
Office: 519-284-1838 for details or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca
Fax: 519-284-1234

Tom Burgess

HALL OF FAMER TOMMY BURGESS

Tom Burgess signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. In his first professional season, he belted 16 home runs with the Class D Hamilton Cardinals, earning himself a promotion to Allentown (Class B) the following campaign, where he would hit .350 in 106 games. Following the 1948 campaign, he returned to London to complete his education for three years, before resuming his pro career in 1952. His finest minor league season was with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings in 1953 when he hit .346 with 22 homers and 93 RBIs.

His career year would earn a roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, before he returned to the minors for the next seven seasons. He would enjoy his longest major league stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962.

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