Carlos Delgado

HALL OF FAMER CARLOS DELGADO

Born in 1972 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Delgado was signed as an amateur free agent by the Blue Jays in 1988. After beginning his professional career as a catcher followed by a short stint as an outfielder, he was moved to first base and evolved into the most productive offensive player in franchise history. On his way up to the big leagues, the left-handed-hitting slugger collected MVP Awards in the Class-A Florida State League (1992) and Double-A Southern League (1993), before receiving his first big league call-up at the end of the 1993 campaign.

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Paul Beeston

HALL OF FAMER PAUL BEESTON

After graduating from Welland High & Vocational School, Paul Beeston obtained a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in economics and political science, from the University of Western Ontario in 1968. He was promptly hired by Coopers & Lybrand in London and received his chartered accountant designation in 1971.

Beeston remained employed with the London firm until he was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as their first employee on May 10, 1976. Initially the vice-president of administration, Beeston was promoted to vice-president of business operations with the club the following year. His rise through the Jays’ ranks continued when he was named executive vice-president of business in 1984 and president and chief operating officer (CEO) in 1989. On December 13, 1991, he was appointed the chief executive officer of the franchise, overseeing the Jays’ two World Series-winning teams.

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HALL OF FAME’S SURVEY ABOUT BASEBALL

Hall of Fame’s survey about baseball

As friends of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and fans of baseball, we want to know what you think about baseball in Canada and baseball’s future.  Please take a few minutes to complete the 2020 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Survey.

It will only take a few minutes to complete.

Ernie Whitt

Your answers and opinions will help shape the future of the CBHFM and help us understand the state of baseball in Canada.  We plan to share the combined feedback and help create a dialogue on what people love about baseball , our heroes and favourite moments and what baseball might look like in the future.

Take the survey now. 
We want your feedback!!

Doug Melvin

If you don’t have time to take it right now, you can still complete it later but don’t wait too long.  You have until June 30th, 2020 to complete the survey.

Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible to enter into a draw for some excellent prizes.  

  • CBHFM Elite Membership 2021
  • Autographed Fergie Jenkins baseball bat
  • Autographed limited edition Matt Stairs induction bat
  • Autographed Pat Hentgen baseball
  • Baseball readers five-book gift pack
  • Family Museum Pass – expires August 31, 2022
  • Left Field Brewery Prize pack

In the survey, you will need to give us your preferred email address to enter the contest so we can contact you if you are a winner. 

We look forward to getting your feedback!

Thank you for your continued support of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,

Scott Crawford
Director, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Adam Stephens
Chair, Board of Directors

P.S. Take the survey and share your opinion today, we look forward to hearing from you!

Ernie Whitt

HALL OF FAMER ERNIE WHITT

After being selected from the Boston Red Sox in the 1976 expansion draft, Ernie Whitt evolved into one of the most popular players in Toronto Blue Jays history. From 1977 to 1989, the beloved Jays mainstay toiled in 1,218 games for the club, the fourth most in franchise history.

A reliable defensive catcher, the Michigan native established himself as an offensive threat in 1982, when he belted 11 home runs, the first of eight consecutive seasons in which he slugged more than 10 homers. The nine-time Jays’ Opening Day catcher enjoyed one of his finest seasons in 1985, when he blasted 19 homers, was named to the all-star team and helped propel the club to its first division title. Another career highlight occurred on September 14, 1987, when Whitt slugged three home runs in a contest that saw the Jays set a major league record with ten round-trippers. In his 12 seasons playing in Toronto, Whitt collected 888 hits, socked 131 homers and drove in 518 runs. He finished his playing career with the Atlanta Braves in 1990 and Baltimore Orioles in 1991.

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Tom Cheek

HALL OF FAMER TOM CHEEK

Tom CheekCheek broadcast 4,306 consecutive Toronto Blue Jays games from April 7, 1977 to June 2, 2004. He was also in the booth for all 41 of the franchise’s post-season contests, including Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, which inspired his most famous call. After Jays slugger Joe Carter clubbed his World Series-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth, Cheek quipped, “Touch’em all, Joe. You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life.”

Prior to landing with the Jays, Cheek, who was born in Pensacola, Fla. in 1939, served as a backup broadcaster for the Montreal Expos from 1974 to 1976. His rich, soothing baritone earned him a reputation as one of the best play-by-play men in the business and in 2001, he was rewarded with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award for his significant contributions to baseball in Canada. In June 2004, Cheek missed his first Blue Jays’ game in order to attend his father’s funeral. Shortly after his return, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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Jack Graney

HALL OF FAMER JACK GRANEY

Jack Graney’s road to the big leagues began in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he was discovered and recommended to the Chicago Cubs by fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Bob Emslie. After a season in the Cubs organization, Graney was sold to the Cleveland, where he would evolve into a steady, dependable outfielder.

His big league resume boasts a number of firsts. When Graney walked to the plate in a game against the Red Sox on July 11, 1914, he became the first batter to face Babe Ruth. Almost two years later, on June 26, 1916, he would be the first major leaguer to bat wearing a number on his uniform. A scrappy leadoff hitter, Graney would lead the American League in walks twice (1917 and 1919) and in doubles once (1916). The speedy Canuck also finished in the top 10 in triples in 1913 and 1916, with 12 and 14 three-baggers respectively. He was also a member of the World Series-winning Indians squad in 1920.

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MERCHANDISE SALE FOR FATHER’S DAY

Merchandise Sale for Father’s Day

Autographed memorabilia, books, clothing and hats on sale….buy something and receive something for free.

Sale goes until end of day on Sunday, June 21. Email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca or call 519-284-1838 with your order. Items can be mailed, picked up at the Hall of Fame or delivered (if in St. Marys). All autographed items come with letter of authenticity from the Hall of Fame. Items are plus tax and shipping (if needed).

Autographed Memorabilia Sale:

Purchase a limited edition autographed induction bat from Group A or B and receive a FREE Group C autographed baseball

Purchase a limited edition autographed induction bat from Group C or D and receive a FREE Group C autographed inductee card

Purchase an autographed baseball from Group A or B and receive a FREE Group C autographed inductee card

Purchase an autographed baseball from Group C and receive a FREE Group D autographed inductee card

Purchase an autographed card from Group A or B or C and receive a FREE Group D autographed inductee card

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS.

Book Sale:

The brand NEW Roy Halladay book called Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay will be available to purchase very soon from the Hall of Fame. Reserve your copy today!

Purchase a regular priced book and receive a FREE autographed inductee card from Group C or purchase two of our sale books and receive a FREE autographed inductee card from Group D.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE BOOKS.

Regular priced books:
Baseball America Ultimate Draft book – 50 years; The 69 Cubs; The Man who Made Babe Ruth; The Detroit Wolverines; George “Mooney” Gibson; Rock Solid – Tim Raines; Hello Friends; Split Season 1981; The Tecumsehs of the International Association; Baseball’s Creation Myth; Expansion Baseball; The Good of the Game; Ecstasy to Agony-The 1994 Montreal Expos; Ossie and the Babe; Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay

Sale Books $10 each:
Goldy’s Curve Ball; Remembering the Montreal Expos; Heros Bums & Ordinary Men; A Boy Named Matt (Matt Stairs); Diamonds of the North; Expos Inside Out

Clothing and Hat Sale:

Clothing – only $15 each
Golf shirts (white-L, XL, XXL, XXXL, light blue-XL. XXL, dark grey-XL, XXL), sweater (purple-XL, XXL, XXXL), jackets (beige-XL, XXL, blue-XXL)

Hats – 15% off price listed below.
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (black or blue) – $19.99
NEW ERA Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos (fitted, flexfit, adjustable – adult and kids) – $22.99-$45.99 depending on style

Buy clothing or hat and receive a unique Fergie Jenkins coin.

Peter Widdrington

HALL OF FAMER PETER WIDDRINGTON

Peter WiddringtonOne of the most respected executives in Toronto Blue Jays history, Peter Widdrington graduated from Pickering College and Queen’s University, prior to obtaining his MBA from Harvard. Starting as a salesman with Labatt’s in 1955, the Toronto native rose through the ranks to serve the company in several executive posts, before being elevated to president from 1973 to 1989.

An avid sportsman, Widdrington joined the Blue Jays board of directors in 1976, eventually becoming the board chair in 1991, a post he would hold through the Jays’ two World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. At various points in the ’90s, he chaired Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Licensing & Marketing Committee and MLB’s Trust Advisory Committee. He also acted as MLB’s interim CAO and as an advisor to the commissioner. Widdrington also played a key role in establishing TSN, Canada’s first all-sports TV station, in 1984, resulting in an increased TV profile for the Blue Jays.

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HALL OF FAMER DUANE WARD

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.

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Andre Dawson - 2004 Induction

The baseball Hall of Famer who runs a funeral home: Andre Dawson’s second act

Andre Dawson - 2004 Induction

By: Peter Keating ESPN Senior Writer

“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.

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