The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has decided due to the pandemic we will not be electing a class of 2021.
“Despite the decision to not elect a class of Hall of Famers in 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic situation, we remain committed and excited to induct our 2020 class of Justin Morneau, Duane Ward, John Olerud and Jacques Doucet at a time when it is safe to do so in person. We continue to work to develop a plan for induction, and look forward to being able to provide details when we have more information. We hope you will all join us in celebration when the time comes!”
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Fifty-five years before Fergie Jenkins began dominating big league hitters, Doc Miller, another Chatham, Ont., native, was making his mark as one of the majors’ top batsman. In 1909, the Canuck outfielder hit a combined .359 in 147 games with the Western League’s Pueblo Indians and the Pacific Coast League’s San Francisco Seals, earning him his first big league opportunity with the Chicago Cubs the following year.
However, after just one game with the Cubs, he was dealt to the Boston Doves, where he would hit .286 and knock in 55 runs. His breakout year came the following season, when he recorded a league-best 192 hits and hit .333, falling one point shy of the batting crown captured by Honus Wagner. During the 1912 season, Miller was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he would bat .288 in 67 games and.345 in 69 contests the following campaign. In 1913, he also set a major league record with 21 pinch-hits that stood for 19 years. His final year in the big leagues was with the Cincinnati Reds in 1914.
Curator’s Corner: To celebrate Black History Month we’ll be highlighting some of our inductees. Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins was inducted in 1987 after his 19yr career. He won 284 games, with a 3.34ERA over 4500.2IP and won the 1971 NL Cy Young award. Fergie was a 3-time All-Star and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers 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, walks and runs, and spurring the Royals to their first Junior World Series triumph.
When the Royals clinched the championship at Delorimier Stadium, the fans chanted Robinson’s name and hoisted him on their shoulders. Tears of jubilation spilled from the baseball pioneer’s eyes. He had endured a lot that season. Racism was palpable in International League cities like Syracuse and Baltimore, but the taunts had intensified in Louisville, the city Montreal opposed in the Junior World Series.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1902, Bailey moved to Vancouver as a child. He was hired by Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Robert Brown to work at Vancouver’s Athletic Park, where he became a jack of all trades, doing everything from selling hot dogs and peanuts to announcing the players. In the process, he became a popular figure at the park and earned himself the nickname “Caruso Nat.”
Bailey evolved into a successful restaurateur in B.C. In 1928, he opened Canada’s first drive-in restaurant called White Spot in Vancouver. The restaurant prospered and soon he opened a chain of them across the province. When his restaurants thrived, he used a significant portion of his profits to sponsor little league teams.
Jamie Romak donated his 2020 uniform from Korea including his jersey, cleats, batting gloves, elbow pad and shin pad. Jamie won the 2020 James Tip O’Neill award for his great season when he hit .292 with a .946OPS in 139 games. He has played professional baseball since 2003 and played in 2008 games.
Rob Butler’s game worn 1994 Toronto Blue Jays jersey
Rob played four years in Major League Baseball from 1993-1999 with Toronto and Philadelphia. He was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays 1993 World Series winning team and collected a hit in game four. In 1994 Rob played in 41 games with Toronto and collected 13 hits. Currently Rob runs Butler Baseball Academy.
Gladwyn Scott has dedicated more than 60 years to baseball as a player, coach, builder and volunteer. Though he didn’t play organized baseball until he was 16, Scott eventually pitched on his hometown squad with his brother Glennis. His father, Jim, was the team’s catcher.
At age 20, the determined Manitoba native began coaching and has since served in numerous administrative capacities, including managing three Hamiota teams to provincial championships. He was also a coach on Canada’s first national team, the country’s 1967 Pan-Am Games entry. From 1983 to 1987, Scott was president of the Manitoba Baseball Association and a vice-president with Baseball Canada from 1986 to 1989. The respected baseball man also acted as general manager of Canada’s youth national team that won bronze in Windsor, Ontario in 1987. In that same year, Scott led the charge to bring the Toronto Blue Jays to Winnipeg Stadium for an exhibition contest against the National Baseball Institute.
Inspired by the International champion Guelph Maple Leafs, Bob Emslie longed to become a professional baseball player at a young age. His strong pitching arm gained notoriety while he was toiling for an amateur club in Harriston, Ontario that won a Canadian championship in 1880.
It was on a barnstorming tour of the U.S. with a semi-pro squad from St. Thomas, Ontario that Emslie would catch his big professional baseball break. At the end of the tour, he inked a deal with a semi-pro club in Camden, New Jersey, and when that team disbanded, he was picked up by the American Association’s Baltimore Orioles. In Baltimore, the 25-year-old hurler would win a Canadian record 32 games in 1884. Emslie would also toss over 455 innings and register a sparkling 2.75 ERA in that remarkable campaign. Unfortunately, that season would take its toll on his arm, and he was out of big league baseball by the end of 1885.
Congratulations to the Hall of Famers: 1 Larry Walker 10 Fergie Jenkins 12 Pat Gillick 13 Greg Hamilton 28 Paul Beeston 32 Justin Morneau 34 Rob Thomson 37 Allan Simpson 43 Dave McKay 45 Stubby Clapp 54 Jacques Doucet 60 Doug Melvin/Gord Ash 67 Ryan Dempster 80 Bill Humber 98 Rob Ducey
Congratulations to the Tip O’Neill award winners: 1 Larry Walker 11 Joey Votto 20 Jamie Romak 32 Justin Morneau 39 Mike Soroka/James Paxton 67 Ryan Dempster 85 Jason Dickson 98 Rob Ducey
Congratulations to the Jack Graney award winners: 6 Dan Shulman 37 Allan Simpson 54 Jacques Doucet 86 Richard Griffin
Congratulations to the Board of Directors and staff: 26 Holly LaPierre 73 Jeremy Diamond/Scott Crawford 78 Mike Wilner