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With the calendar rolling into June, the pedal really hits the metal for the CBHFM. Induction Weekend for Pedro Martinez, Lloyd Moseby and Bill Humber is our biggest event of the year.  We’ve been busy finalizing travel and other logistical details, confirming volunteer numbers, dealing with caterers and finalizing details of landscaping around the new Museum. On June 5th, Scott will appear on the Blue Jays pregame show with Jamie Campbell to discuss Induction Weekend. He’s also doing weekly interviews with Barrie radio station 101.1 Big FM about the Blue Jays.

At the office, we’ve finished the hiring process for students to catalogue the collection.  We are pleased to announce that Calie, Alana, Bronte and Julianna have been selected for a 16-week term with help from several government student grants.

June 4 marks the 180th anniversary of a game in Beachville, Ontario, one of the earliest, if not the earliest, recorded baseball games in North America. The Royal Canadian Mint has commemorated the game with a beautiful, convex silver coin.  CBHFM Inductee Bill Humber contributed to the excellent background piece accompanying the coin description on the Mint’s website. Here’s the link.  And this Saturday, June 2, the Beachville District Museum is hosting a day of activities in honour of this important anniversary.  To see the event flyer, click here .

In other news, for the seventh straight year, CanAm League teams will host visiting teams from outside the league in the month of June.  This year, a national squad from the Dominican Republic and the Salinas Stockade of Kansas will play a 3- or 4-game series against each league member between June 4 and 22.  Complete details may be found online at canamleague.com .

In the minds of many fans, it’s time that the Toronto Blue Jays called up Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who’s setting a blistering pace with Double A New Hampshire.  But there’s more. On May 24, proud Father and 2017 Inductee Vlad Sr. posted this to Twitter. “It’s a Vlady kind of night. Both Vlady homered today. Vlady Jr. and Vlady Miguel.  [translation] The chickens doing their thing.” Vladimir Miguel is 12 years old and plays Little League.

New artifact for the collection:  Last week, we received Mike Soroka’s cleats from his May 1, 2018 MLB debut at just 20 years old.

Inductee birthdays in June:  2 – Peter Widdrington, 10 – Jack Graney , 13 Tom Cheek and Ernie Whitt, 20 –  Paul Beeston, 25 – Carlos Delgado, 28 – Corey Koskie, 30 – Tony Fernandez.

Podcast recommendations:  A Swing and A Bat featuring veteran sportscaster Dan Shulman for Rogers Communications is always great. New episodes every Thursday.  Another show updated every Thursday is the Sully Baseball Broadcast by superfan and prolific poster Paul Francis Sullivan. His website mlbreports.com is good too.