Though his father was a professional hockey player, Kirk McCaskill opted for a career in baseball after starring in both sports at the University of Vermont. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, as the top U.S. college player, McCaskill was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the 4th round of the 1981 draft. The high scoring forward suited up with the American Hockey League’s Sherbrooke Jets for the 1983-84 campaign, before concentrating solely on a baseball career.
Drafted by the California Angels in 1982, McCaskill made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 1, 1985. With 12 wins and six complete games in his first season, McCaskill proved to be a bona fide big league pitcher. He would follow that up with his best season in 1986, recording 17 wins, 202 strikeouts and 3.36 ERA. More importantly, he helped lead the Angels to a berth in the American League Championship Series, where he would start two games.
Recommended to scout Cy Williams by Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Prentice, John Hiller inked a deal with the Detroit Tigers in 1962. After serving primarily as a starting pitcher in the minors, the Canadian southpaw established himself as a reliable reliever with the Tigers from 1967 to 1970, posting a 3.00 ERA over that four-season span and contributing the club’s 1968 World Championship.
In January 1971, Hiller, just 27 at the time, would suffer a massive heart attack. Doctors told him he would never pitch again, but the stubborn Canuck was determined to return. His hard work would finally pay off when he was cleared to return to the mound in June 1972. Any lingering questions about his stamina were laid to rest in 1973 when he pitched in 65 games, notched 10 wins, posted a miniscule 1.44 ERA and recorded 38 saves (a major league record at the time). For what is still recognized as one of the greatest seasons ever by a relief pitcher, Hiller was named American League Fireman of the Year and finished fourth in both the Cy Young and MVP voting.
Signed out of high school by the Montreal Expos in 1972, Gary Carter spent 17 years with the franchise, including three seasons in the minors, 11 in the majors and three as a broadcaster. Nicknamed “The 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, 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).
After a brief major league career with the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics, Frank Shaughnessy moved to Montreal in 1912 to coach the football team at McGill University. The former Notre Dame gridiron star would lead the university to two championships.
In the off-season, “Shag” managed semi-pro baseball clubs in Hamilton and Ottawa. He also coached for the Detroit Tigers and was later hired by the International League’s Montreal Royals. While employed by the Royals in 1933, Shaughnessy introduced night baseball to the city and a revised playoff system that saw the league’s top four teams advance to the post-season. This format – dubbed the “Shaughnessy Plan” – was quickly adopted by other minor leagues.
Born in Fort William, Ontario, Jeff Heath moved with his family to Victoria, B.C., when he was a year old. Heath would blossom into a top power-hitting prospect and was signed by the Cleveland Indians. His .383 batting average and 187 RBIs with the Tribe’s minor league affiliate in Zanesville in 1936 reinforced his blue chip status and earned the young Canuck a big league promotion that September.
In his major league debut on September 13, 1936, Heath was upstaged by future roommate, Bob Feller, who would strike out 17 batters that same game. The 1938 season was Heath’s breakout campaign. That year, he finished second in the American League batting race (.343) and recorded 21 homers, 112 RBIs and a league-leading 18 triples.
Daniel Joseph Staub, born April 1, 1944 in New Orleans, LA, and nicknamed “Rusty” for his red hair, was affectionately known as “Le Grand Orange” to Expos fans for the same reason. Staub wore the Expos uniform in three of his six All-Star games, in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He also toiled for the Expos in 1979. The left-handed slugger played a total of 518 games for the Expos, amassing 531 hits, 81 homeruns, 284 RBI, 24 stolen bases, and compiling a fourth best all-time .295 batting average, a .402 on-base percentage (1st), a .497 slugging percentage (2nd) and an .899 OPS (2nd). His attempts to learn the French language and his charitable work off the field endeared him to the French-Canadian fans, as did his play on the field. His uniform number (10) was first jersey ever retired by the Expos. In 1972, Expos traded Staub to the Mets for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, and Mike Jorgenson, a trio that flourished with the Expos for years to follow.
Dick Fowler was a lanky, golden-armed 18-year-old when he dazzled the Toronto Maple Leafs brass at training camp in 1939. The local sensation would debut for his hometown squad in 1940, and Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics would purchase his contract later that same year.
Promote your business or organization at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ontario this summer on one of the outfield billboards at our premier diamonds.
Teams from across Ontario play on our site during the season with almost 1000 events in total taking place. Options include 1 or 3 year deals with payment plans available. Signs are 5ft tall, but 12ft wide so can be easily seen by the players and the fans.
Signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1964, Cito Gaston would play 11 seasons in the majors. His finest campaign came with the San Diego Padres in 1970, when he hit .318 with 29 home runs and 93 RBIs, earning himself an all-star nod and team MVP award. After six seasons on the West Coast, Gaston was dealt to Atlanta, where he would toil for parts of four seasons, prior to finishing his big league playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Summer employment at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Join the Hall of Fame team for the exciting season on our beautiful 32 acre site. If you have a passion working outdoors then we are the place for you this season. We are looking to hire one person to look after the ballfields and site.
Site Maintenance Position 1 person end-April – end of August (full-time) Grade 12 or older or post-secondary student (up to age 30)
Property–32 acre site, 5 ball fields, museum grounds Duties – field preparation and maintenance, machine operation and maintenance, turf care, cleaning Qualifications – valid drivers license, ability to operate machinery, physical labour, enjoy outside work
Pay – $15.75 per hour (weekdays and weekends) Start Date – end-April