CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME’S STATEMENT ON LARRY WALKER’S NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION:

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s statement on Larry Walker’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction:

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame would like to congratulate Larry Walker on his historic election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame today.

“We are thrilled to learn that Larry Walker will become the second Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, joining the legendary Fergie Jenkins,” said Adam Stephens, the head of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

“Larry was a unanimous selection to our Hall of Fame in 2009 and we have been proud to tell the story of his trailblazing and record-breaking career in our museum. Over the years, both on and off the field, Larry has been a true inspiration and role model for Canadians. He has also been a strong supporter of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and has never forgotten his roots. On behalf of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, I would like to congratulate Larry on this well-earned and historic honour. We look forward to seeing him at his induction ceremony in Cooperstown this summer.”

Larry Walker Bio:

Photo – R-L: Fergie Jenkins and Larry Walker

When Larry Walker signed his first professional contract in 1984, he preferred the Montreal Canadiens to the Montreal Expos, but after the longtime hockey goalie decided to focus on the diamond, he evolved into the greatest position player Canada has ever produced.

Signed by fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Jim Fanning, Walker toiled for parts of four seasons in the minors, before making his big league debut on August 16, 1989. A five-tool threat, Walker blossomed into an all-star outfielder in his six seasons with the Expos. After the strike-shortened, 1994 campaign, Walker inked a multi-year deal with Colorado, where he would enjoy his greatest big league success. His MVP award-winning 1997 campaign was one of the best single seasons in history. In that storied year, Walker belted 49 homers, drove in 130 runs and hit .366, to earn his first of three batting titles. He would hit .379 with 37 home runs and 115 RBIs for an encore in 1999. After more than nine seasons with the Rockies, the five-time all-star was dealt to St. Louis in August 2004. He would play his final season with the Cardinals the following year.

In all, Walker suited up for 17 big league seasons and leads Canadians in virtually every career offensive category, amassing 2,160 hits, 383 home runs, 471 doubles and 230 stolen bases. The seven-time Gold Glove winner also compiled a .313 career batting average, .565 slugging percentage and won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award an unprecedented  nine times. For his efforts, Walker was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Déclaration officielle du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien sur l’intronisation de Larry Walker à Cooperstown

Le Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien aimerait féliciter Larry Walker pour son élection historique au Temple de la renommée de Cooperstown aujourd’hui.

« Nous sommes heureux d’apprendre que Larry Walker deviendra le deuxième Canadien à être intronisé au Temple de la renommée du baseball à Cooperstown, rejoignant ainsi Ferguson Jenkins », a déclaré Adam Stephens, le président du conseil d’administration du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien.

« Larry a été élu de façon unanime à notre Temple en 2009 et nous avons raconté son histoire, sa carrière et ses records avec fierté. Au cours des années, autant sur le terrain qu’à l’extérieur de celui-ci, Larry a été une vraie inspiration et un modèle à suivre pour les Canadiens. Il est aussi un véritable supporteur du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien et n’a jamais oublié ses racines. Au nom des membres du Temple canadien, j’aimerais féliciter Larry pour cet honneur historique et pleinement mérité. Nous avons bien hâte d’assister à la cérémonie d’intronisation à Cooperstown cet été. »

Biographie de Larry Walker :

Lorsque Larry Walker a signé son premier contrat professionnel en 1984, Larry Walker préférait le Canadien de Montréal aux Expos de Montréal. Mais une fois que le gardien de but a décidé de mettre l’emphase sur le terrain de baseball, il est devenu l’un des meilleurs joueurs de position que le Canada n’a jamais connus.

Recruté par Jim Fanning, également membre du Temple de la renommée, Walker a passé quatre saisons dans le baseball mineur avant de faire le saut avec les Expos le 16 août 1989. L’athlète possédait les cinq outils du joueur de baseball est devenu un joueur vedette au cours de ses six saisons avec la formation montréalaise. Après la grève de 1994 et la vente de feu des Expos, il s’est retrouvé avec les Rockies du Colorado, où il connaîtra ses meilleures années. En 1997, il a reçu le titre de joueur le plus utile à son équipe, au terme d’une saison historique : 49 circuits, 130 points produits, une moyenne de ,366 et un premier championnat des frappeurs. Il a connu autant de succès ou presque en 1999, terminant la campagne avec une moyenne de ,379, 37 circuits et 115 points produits. Après plus de neuf saisons au Colorado, il a été échangé aux Cardinals de Saint-Louis au mois d’août 2004. Il jouera sa dernière campagne avec les Cards l’année suivante.

En carrière, Walker a disputé 17 campagnes dans les Majeures et domine pratiquement toutes les catégories offensives chez les joueurs canadiens. Il a 2160 coups sûrs, 383 circuits, 471 doubles et 230 buts volés. Il a gagné sept gants dorés, participé à cinq matchs des étoiles, a maintenu une moyenne au bâton de ,313, une moyenne de puissance de ,565 et a reçu neuf fois le prix Tip O’Neill du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien. Il a été élu au Panthéon des sports canadiens en 2007, au Temple de la renommée de la Colombie-Britannique en 2009 et du Colorado en 2011.

Ted Bowsfield

HALL OF FAMER TED BOWSFIELD

With no Little League program in his hometown of Penticton, B.C., Ted Bowsfield played just six to eight games a year for much of his youth. As he reached his teens, the southpaw’s potential began to emerge. His big break came at a rotary tournament in Lethbridge, Alta., as a 17-year-old, when he pitched against a team of Cuban All-Stars and recorded 17 strikeouts to catch the eye of scouts in attendance.

Bowsfield would sign with the Boston Red Sox in 1954, and after minor league stints in San Jose, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and Minneapolis, the big league club called him up in July 1958. The Penticton native’s debut – a relief appearance – was overshadowed by the performance of Jim Bunning, who tossed a no-hitter for the opposing Tigers that day, but the talented lefty would deliver a number of solid performances of his own that season, including three wins against the archrival New York Yankees. His mastery of the Bronx Bombers would earn him the Bosox Rookie of the Year Award that year.

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Reno Bertoia

HALL OF FAMER RENO BERTOIA

Born in Italy, Reno Bertoia moved with his family to Windsor, Ontario when he was just 18 months old. With fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Father Ronald Cullen, as his coach and mentor, Bertoia developed into a local baseball star and top big league prospect while playing at Assumption High School.

On August 31, 1953, he inked a deal with the Detroit Tigers that included an $11,000 signing bonus. Bertoia, who had never played a game in the minors, was added to the Tigers roster almost immediately and would room with future Hall of Famer Al Kaline. Bertoia’s best season was in 1957 when, thanks to a torrid early stretch, he was leading the American League with a .383 batting average on May 16. In 1959, after being dealt to the Washington Senators, Bertoia would club a career-high eight homers. He would follow that up by recording seven triples (third in American League) and 13 sacrifice hits (5th in league) in 1960.

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Peter Hardy

HALL OF FAMER PETER HARDY

It was largely through Peter Hardy’s efforts, as chairman of the board at Labatt’s, that the city of Toronto was able to land a major league franchise. The vice-chairman of the Blue Jays’ initial board in 1976, Hardy was directly involved in the hiring of Peter Bavasi, Pat Gillick and Paul Beeston. He would later become board chair, and, in 1981, the club’s chief executive officer (CEO).

Hardy fostered a family atmosphere while he was CEO, offering minor league managers time off during the regular season and ensuring that minor leaguer players were afforded nutritional meals. During his reign, he also endorsed decisions to hire Bobby Cox, Jimy Williams and Cito Gaston as field managers. After the Blue Jays captured their first division title in 1985, Sports Illustrated selected Hardy as Major League Baseball’s top executive.

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George Selkirk

HALL OF FAMER GEORGE SELKIRK

Dubbed “Twinkletoes” for his distinct running style, George Selkirk was arguably the greatest Canadian baseball player of the first half of the 20th century. Suiting up alongside baseball immortals like Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey, the Hunstville native is best known as the man that replaced Babe Ruth in right field for the Bronx Bombers.

Wearing the Bambino’s famous No. 3, Selkirk excelled during his nine-year big league career with the Yankees. His major league resume boasts two all-star selections, five .300+ seasons and two 100-RBI campaigns. Selkirk was equally impressive in the postseason, belting a home run in his first World Series at bat in 1936. In all, the talented outfielder was part of five World Series-winning teams, the most of any Canadian.

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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:
October 13 – May 1, 2020 – open for pre-booked group tours only. Call 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca.
May 2, 2020 – August 31, 2020 – Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (Open holiday Mondays from 10am-5pm)
September 1, 2020 – October 10 – open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (not open October 13)

The office for the Hall of Fame is open 9am-5pm all year.

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

Sherry Robertson

HALL OF FAMER SHERRY ROBERTSON

Montreal native Sherry Robertson made his big league debut with the Washington Senators on September 8, 1940 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. After enjoying stints with the Senators in 1941 and 1943, Robertson served in the military for two years, prior to resuming his major league career and becoming a fixture in Washington for close to seven seasons.

His finest big league season was 1949, when he belted 11 home runs and stole 10 bases (5th best in the American League). The versatile Canuck – who played outfield, second base, third base and shortstop – would suit up for two more seasons in the U.S. capital, before finishing his playing career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1952. Robertson’s 597 big league games remain the second-most by a player from Quebec.

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Tom Henke, Paul Beeston

HALL OF FAMER TOM HENKE

Tom Henke’s 217 saves rank him first all-time with the Blue Jays, and his 311 career saves are 17th best all-time in the major leagues.  He played eight seasons for Toronto, pitching in 446 games, winning 29, and compiling a 2.48 earned run average.  He finished his career playing two seasons for the Texas Rangers and one with the boyhood favourite team, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Henke also began his career with the Rangers, who drafted and signed him in 1980.  On January 24, 1985, 26 years exactly from the day of this announcement, he was chosen by the Blue Jays as a free agent compensation pick.

An imposing figure on the mound standing 6’5” and wearing large-rimmed glasses, Henke’s best season with the Blue Jays was 1987, when he was named to the All-Star team and led the American League with 34 saves.  In 1992, his final season with the Blue Jays, he chalked up a pair of saves and pitched in three of the Blue Jays four amazing one-run victories over the Atlanta Braves, bringing home the Canada’s first World Series title.  Henke, who also made the All-Star team as a Cardinal in 1995, struck out an average of 9.8 hitters per nine innings over his career.

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Gord Ash

HALL OF FAMER GORD ASH

Gord Ash

Born in 1951 in Toronto, Ont., Gord Ash began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays working in the ticket office in 1978. He would serve in several positions as he rose through the organization’s ranks, including assistant director of operations from 1980 to 1983 and player personnel administrator from 1984 to 1988, before he was promoted to assistant general manager in 1989.

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Don McDougall

HALL OF FAMER DON MCDOUGALL

After graduating from St. Dunstan’s University (now the University of Prince Edward Island), Don McDougall earned his MBA at the University of Western Ontario on a scholarship from Labatt’s in 1961. He would work in several managerial capacities for the brewing giant, before being named the company’s president and settling in London, Ontario in 1973.

Part of his mandate as president during the mid-’70s was to secure a Major League Baseball franchise for Labatt’s and the city of Toronto. His efforts were a lesson in perseverance, first overcoming a failed attempt to move the San Francisco Giants to Toronto and then having to stave off a bid from another group of Toronto businessmen. He worked tirelessly for several years to bring baseball to Toronto, and many credit his tenacity as the single-most reason that big league baseball is played in Toronto today.

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