Name: Vladimir Guerrero
Election: February 2, 2017
Induction: June 24, 2017
Born (date, year, place): February 9, 1975 in Don Gregorio, Nizao, Dominican Republic
Primary Position: Outfield
Years: 1996 to 2011
Teams: Montreal, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas, Baltimore
Born in 1975 in Don Gregorio Nizao, Dominican Republic, Guerrero boasted a tremendous combination of power and speed that, coupled with his strong throwing arm, made him one of baseball’s best all-around players during his eight seasons with the Montreal Expos. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Expos in 1993, Guerrero became a regular outfielder with the club in May 1997. After he belted 38 home runs in 1998, the five-tool outfielder made his first of four consecutive All-Star appearances in 1999. Two seasons later, he became the first Expo to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season, only to outdo himself the following campaign when he narrowly missed becoming the fourth member of Major League Baseball’s exclusive 40-40 club when he finished with 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 2002. That season, he also topped the league in hits (206) and total bases (364) and his 7.0 WAR was the second-best by a position player.
In all, in his eight seasons with the Expos from 1996 to 2003, Guerrero was a four-time All-Star (1999 to 2002), three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1999-00, 2002) and he received MVP votes in six seasons. He also possessed one of baseball’s strongest arms and he topped National League right fielders in assists twice (2001, 2002). Guerrero also established all-time Expos records for batting average (.323), home runs (234), slugging percentage (.588) and on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) (.978).
Off the field, the Dominican slugger served as an outstanding ambassador for the club. While with the Expos, he provided tickets to home games for 10 different Montreal youth groups which enabled underprivileged children to attend games. He also sponsored a youth league and collected baseball equipment for young players in the Dominican Republic. For his humanitarian efforts, he was named the Expos’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee in 2001.
Following the 2003 campaign, Guerrero signed with the Los Angeles Angels and continued to be one of baseball’s most dangerous hitters. In his six seasons with the Angels, he was an all-star four times (2004-07), captured four Silver Slugger Awards (2004-07) and was named the American League MVP in 2004. He joined the Texas Rangers in 2010 and after clubbing 29 home runs and registering 115 RBI, he was selected to his ninth All-Star team, won his eighth Silver Slugger Award and was honoured with the Edgar Martinez Award, as the league’s top designated hitter.
In all, in his 16-year big league career, he batted .318, walloped 449 home runs (38th all-time) and recorded a .553 career slugging percentage, which ranks 24th all-time.
“I was surprised and excited to hear that I’m being inducted,” said Guerrero through a translator. “I knew that I would need to wait at least one more year to join the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but I’m very pleased to join the Canadian hall of fame first, since I was given my first opportunity to play major league baseball in Canada.”
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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.
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.
Much like errors on the field, we should not be defined by the mistakes that we make.
We are encouraged by Joey’s apology and are hopeful that this will help to continue to strengthen his bond with baseball in Canada.
From his beginnings in youth baseball in Etobicoke, to being honoured numerous times with the Tip O’Neill award as Canada’s most celebrated baseball players, to his attendance at the annual Baseball Canada Award Banquet, to his representation on Team Canada multiple times in the World Baseball Classic, Joey Votto has demonstrated his strong connection to baseball in this country.
We look forward to celebrating Joey Votto’s great achievements for years to come.
– statement from Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
On Monday, April 30 we would like to thank our volunteers and recruit new ones by providing some food and non-alcoholic beverages while tuning into the Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins game on the big screen.
The event will begin at 7:30pm at the Customs House (17 Water St. S) in St. Marys. We hope all current volunteers as well as those considering helping out the Hall of Fame in any number of ways will join us. Come for the whole game or just 1 inning!
Hope to see you there!
For more information and to let us know you are attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-284-1838.
“For almost 50 years, Ron Hayter was a trailblazing executive and a strong and highly respected voice for baseball at the provincial, national and international levels. He worked selflessly and passionately to improve the game of baseball in Canada with many of his efforts done behind-the-scenes at the volunteer level. I enjoyed meeting Ron and his family when he was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2006 and I was deeply saddened to learn that he has passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018. On behalf of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, I would like to express my condolences to his family.”
– Scott Crawford, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operation
Ron Hayter has been a player, coach, manager, executive and organizer of Canadian and international baseball for close to 50 years. Born in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, he played in Northern Saskatchewan and British Columbia before taking charge of Baseball Alberta in 1968. The passionate sportsman revived the struggling provincial body and tripled the number of registered teams in just three years, before stepping down in 1971.
He would later serve Baseball Canada in various capacities, from developing the first Canadian rulebook to organizing the inaugural national championships. He also represented Canada with the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) for 18 years, sitting on the legal and technical commissions, and receiving the IBAF’s President’s Award in 1990.
In 1979, he founded the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation (EIBF), an association that has organized six international competitions in the city, including the first IBAF World Cup of Women’s Baseball in 2004. Former prime minister Lester B. Pearson enlisted Hayter as an advisor to help form Sport Canada. One of the most respected voices in Canadian baseball, Hayter received the coveted Vanier Award as an “Outstanding Young Canadian” in 1974 and was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, for outstanding community service, in 2004. He has also been named a life member of Baseball Alberta and was inducted in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Toronto Blue Jays Honda Instructional Clinic at the Hall of Fame in St. Marys on Sunday, April 29 from 9am to 1pm
The Blue Jays Baseball Academy is proud to announce our Honda Instructional Clinic schedule for 2018. St. Marys Minor ball will be hosting the Blue Jays Honda Instructional Clinics on Sunday, April 29 from 9am to 1pm at the Hall of Fame.
Registration is open for boys and girls aged 8 to 14 and the fee is only $55 plus HST.
The Blue Jays Baseball Academy is aware of the need for local associations to raise funds to offset some of the rising costs they are experiencing. Therefore the host association will receive $25 per registration, after the first 20 registrations.
During the four hour clinic, players will rotate through drills that will work on fundamental baseball skills such as hitting, throwing, fielding, pitching, and baserunning.
Also, each Blue Jays Honda Instructional Clinic participant will receive a Blue Jays hat, T-shirt and baseball manual.
Register now for the St. Marys Blue Jays Honda Instructional Clinic being held on King Field on Sunday April 29 at the Hall of Fame (386 Church St. S.). Parents are welcome to stay and watch or assist with the clinic.
Click the link and then click on the St. Marys clinic to register.
“Matt possesses a true understanding of and passion for hitting,” said executive vice president and general manager A.J. Preller. “Throughout his playing career, he was a student of the game. In this process, we looked for teachers who could make an immediate impact with our players, and Matt brings invaluable knowledge and experience both as a coach and as a 19-year Major League veteran.
Read more HERE.
Watch 2017 Inductee Chris Leroux on Bachelor Canada starting Wednesday, October 11 at 9PM on wnetwork.
Chris made is major league debut on May 26, 2009 as a member of the Florida Marlins vs the Philadelphia Phillies and pitched 2 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 run. After the game Chris donated his game used autographed hat to the Hall of Fame.
Chris went on to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the NY Yankees from 2010-14 for a total of 65 games and also pitched for Team Canada at the 2015 Pan-Am games where they won gold. During the Pan-Am games Chris won 3 games.
Chris had his best season in 2011 when he compiled a 2.88ERA over 25 innings with Pittsburgh. In 2016 Chris pitched with Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays farm system started 24 games while pitching 140 innings. Overall Chris pitched 11 seasons of professional baseball.
Canadian Baseball History Symposium 2017
The second annual Canadian Baseball History Symposium will be held on November 18th and 19th, 2017, in St Marys, Ontario, home of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Join Canadian baseball historians for one and a half days of research presentations covering any and all aspects of Canada’s rich baseball history. Learn about 19th-century player Bob Addy and manager William Watkins, baseball and Canadian soldiers in World War I, baseball and entertainment, the completion of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars project, and much more.
Participate in a pictorial history quiz based on images spanning the period 1871 to the present. Listen to two of Canada’s most respected baseball writers (Bill Humber and 2016 Jack Graney Award winner Larry Millson) discuss what defines being Canadian, and the consequences of that definition for historical research.
When: Saturday, November 18th, 8AM – 5PM and Sunday, November 19th, 8AM-12:30 PM
Where: St. Marys Golf & Country Club, 769 Queen St. E., St. Marys, Ont.
Registration cost for the event is $60. To register, please send an E-transfer to email@example.com, or a cheque made out to Andrew North to: 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys, Ont. N4X 0A6
Prospective attendees looking for overnight accommodation in St. Marys in November might consider these options:
- For B&B-style rooms: http://www.townofstmarys.com/en/discover-our-town/Accommodations.aspx.
- The Westover Inn at westoverinn.com. This is where Christopher Plummer elected to stay when he was performing at the nearby Stratford Festival. We’ve been quoted a rate of $89 per night for a standard room, and $159 per night for a “Superior Room”, plus taxes. You must cite the Canadian Baseball History Symposium when registering to get this rate.
- The Stone Willow Inn at stonewillow.com. This offers large rooms (suitable for sharing), and is across the street from our conference venue. We’ve been quoted these rates: $120/night for a standard double queen, $145/night for a balcony room, $160/night for a king, and $180/night for an executive suite. Taxes extra in all cases. A 2-night stay in a standard double queen would amount to $271.20 all in. Again, you must cite the conference to get these rates.
Summary of Presentations
My research on Babe Ruth began with my first novel Gift of the Bambino in which he was a character. In the years since then I have found lots of new things about him, and that includes his numerous connections to Canada. This presentation will look at those connections, some of which are not well known, and will also shed light on a few tidbits about Ruth that made him a man who was ahead of his time, and not just on the baseball field. This material is all going into a new book about the legacy of Babe Ruth that will be released in Spring 2018. Ruth’s grandson is writing the Foreword and the family is releasing photos that have not been in the public domain.
Robert K. Barney and Barbara Weis: A Further Nail in Doubleday’s Coffin: Johann Friedrich GutsMuths and the Diffusion of ‘Base-Ball’ to Europe, 1796
If one were to sample Americans on the question of “who invented the game of baseball”, 75% of them would answer “Abner Doubleday”, so powerful and longstanding has that now well-disproved myth been embedded in American history. In denouncing the Doubleday “immaculate conception” origin of baseball, we now know that the fundamentals of the game were part and parcel of an English children’s pastime dating back to at least the 17th century (1600s), long before the standard Doubleday date of 1839, some two centuries later. We know also that by the 18th century (1700s) the rudiments of that children’s game diffused westward to colonial North America in the cultural baggage of British youngsters, where the game, over two centuries advanced, evolved from children’s play to local adult male contests, to inter-town competition, to amateur/professional leagues, and to international play at the highest levels (World Series, Olympics, World Classic). But what about base-ball’s diffusion eastward from Britain, to continental Europe? To answer this question at the point of its earliest evidence, we turn to a long neglected literary piece that not only provides a fundamental answer to the question posed above, but also renders further evidence to the body of knowledge that helps to destroy the well-founded but nevertheless salacious Doubleday myth. Thus, we offer an analysis of a portion of Johann Friedrich GutsMuth’s 1786 German publication Gymnastik für Die Jugend (Gymnastics for Youth), in which the author describes the English children’s game of ”base-ball” as a suitable playground activity for 18th century German youth.
John Cairney: A brief history of the 3-pitch inning in Major League Baseball
In writing and speaking about my research on the immaculate inning, I was often questioned about the definition of 9 strikes to retire the side as a benchmark for perfection. The most common question was why a 3-pitch inning was not considered immaculate? Interestingly, while the 3-pitch inning is also rare, it does not have a name, nor is it a topic of conversation in the game the way the immaculate inning has become in recent years. With the intent of shedding more light on this remarkable occurrence (much the same way I tried to do with the immaculate inning), I will review the history of the 3-pitch inning dating back to the late 1800s. In particular, I will showcase Canadian connections to the achievement: for example, Halladay and Key are the only Blue Jays pitchers to be involved in a 3-pitch inning; Montreal’s Steve Kline and Felipe Lira are also part of the record. The 3-pitch inning continues my exploration of perfection in a game that defies it.
Warren Campbell: Baseball and Entertainment
We give a brief synopsis of the history of baseball players in Vaudeville and Hollywood. From Rube Waddell wrestling with alligators to Babe Ruth singing, baseball players have always found a way for a second income and increased exposure in the entertainment field. We’ll explore a bit of this early history then show video excerpts from when major league baseball came north. National Film Board clips will be shown from the four baseball documentaries they have produced since 1953, as will examples of the many Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays players who have appeared in commercials, with varying results.
Stephen Dame: Canadian Baseball During the Great War
Just over a century ago, when Canadian boys volunteered, suited up and shipped out for their baptism by fire, they brought with them their favourite game: baseball. What began as a distraction for idle soldiers grew into a government sponsored recreation which begat multiple leagues, international championships and a burgeoning baseball culture across Flanders and the United Kingdom. Baseball mad members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including a young airman named Lester Bowles Pearson, played before Royalty, drew crowds of over 70,000 and claimed titles over their American doughboy counterparts. Tom Longboat, Ban Johnson, Arthur Currie, Prime Minister Robert Borden, King George V and Princess Patricia were all linked by the northern national pastime during wartime. As Canada came of age during the First World War, it did so with bayonets, bats, guns and ball gloves. The greatest game was an invaluable part of Canada’s Great War experience.
Bill Humber: The First! Introducing the Mercurial, Malicious, and Masterly World of Robert “Bob” Addy
Bob Addy is the lost soul of Canadian baseball history. I confess that even I, author of several books on the topic, make no reference to him. He’s been hiding in plain sight but it took SABR sleuth Peter Morris to recently confirm Addy’s Canadian identity, his Port Hope birth and upbringing, and the roots of the tinsmith profession he never abandoned.
I’ll focus on those Port Hope and Canadian connections. New discoveries confirm his place in a box score submitted to the New York Clipper in 1861, as well as his apparently lost cricket history in Canada. I’ll show how Addy’s probable childhood play has links to the first recording of a game called “ball” in this part of Upper Canada in the first decade of the 19th century, and what his continuing connection to Port Hope throughout the rest of his life might mean for a greater understanding of this complex but major figure in early baseball history. Finally I’ll consider whether he was running from a Canadian past or perhaps something more sinister, hinted at, but not fully explored, by Peter Morris.
Martin Lacoste: The Drive of ‘85 – The 1885 Canadian League
The first fully Canadian baseball league to play out a full season was the 1885 Canadian League. This presentation reviews the season from beginning to end, including: its formation and the driving forces behind it; the five teams involved and their managers; game highlights and season standings; the players – their origins, the league leaders, plus an overview of the 30+ players who were or became Major Leaguers; and the end of the season and why the league did not return in 1886.
Chip Martin: William Watkins and the Detroit Wolverines
A native of Brantford, Ontario, William Henry Watkins is the most successful Canadian baseball manager of all time. He played his first competitive baseball with the Guelph Maple Leafs, which he also managed, in 1880. As an infielder for the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the American Association, he was nearly killed when struck by a pitch in 1884 and after recovering, switched from playing to managing. He managed the Hoosiers for the rest of the season, and in 1885 moved with several of his players to the Detroit Wolverines when Indianapolis disbanded. There, he found great success, leading the National League club to a second place finish in 1886. The following year, Detroit captured the pennant and defeated the St. Louis Browns in the “world’s series,” 10 games to 5.
Watkins also managed the St. Louis Browns and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League, and Kansas City of the American Association. His major league record was 452-444. Overall, teams he managed collected seven pennants, in the National League, Federal League, Western League, Western Association and Michigan State League. He spent most of his 42-year baseball career in Indianapolis and made his home in Port Huron, Michigan, where he died in 1937 at the age of 79.
David Matchett: What is a Canadian?
This is a seemingly simple question, but it isn’t, and it comes up while researching the history of baseball in Canada. Some players who were born in Canada emigrated soon thereafter and others born abroad moved to Canada before they could walk. Ongoing research can uncover an old census record that converts an American or removes someone else from the list of Canadians. And various research resources can differ, especially those in print that can go out of date. The Canadian Baseball History Symposium is in a position to set the definition then maintain and update a list of Canadian major leaguers. Future research projects could be able to clearly state “Canadian players, as defined by the St. Marys Conference…” and we would all know exactly what that means and who is included, or excluded, and why. This presentation is a proposal for some ground rules to start a conversation and lead to a comprehensive list of Canadians that we can all agree upon.
Panel Discussion: What is a Canadian?
Moderator: David Matchett
Panelists: Bill Humber, Larry Millson
Michael Murray: Canadian Baseball Pictorial Quiz
Sharpen your wits and your pencils to participate in a Canadian Baseball History quiz. Questions will be based on photographs from the author’s personal collection, fleshed out with historical detail. Subjects will span the entirety of the professional era, from 1871 to the present. Prizes will be awarded.
Fred Toulch: Montreal Royals Vignettes
The Montreal Royals were one of the most successful minor league baseball teams. Their success was largely due to their close association with the Dodgers – more specifically Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team won 9 pennants. During their Dodger affiliation (1939-1960) the Royals won all seven of their Governor’s Cups and three Junior World Series titles, and featured ten of their dozen future Hall of Famers. This presentation will focus on selected lesser-known Royals personnel that were involved in a variety of significant events.
Miriam Wright, Dave Johnston, Heidi Jacobs (University of Windsor): Researching Early Canadian Baseball History: The “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” Project
In this presentation, we will talk about the possibilities and challenges of researching early Canadian baseball by discussing the research that went into the “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” project. Miriam Wright will talk about how the oral histories were collected and what they contributed to the project. Heidi Jacobs will talk about the challenges and opportunities related to researching baseball through newspapers from 1934. Dave Johnston will talk about how we brought many components together in an interactive website to both preserve this history and make it accessible and engaging.
Bill Young: Last Stop: Baseball’s Mexico-Jumpers Find Redemption in Quebec
In 1946, 22 discontented major leaguers, drawn by promises of great riches and ever greener pastures, bolted to Mexico. By 1948, almost all had returned home, forlorn and out of work. Because everyone had jumped their major-league contracts, excepting Danny Gardella, an angry Commissioner Happy Chandler hit them hard, suspending all from major and minor league baseball for a five-year period. Failure to comply would bring suspension for life. They were left with no place to play. Except in Quebec. The Provincial League was on the upswing, and its bosses cared not a whit about MLB and its restrictions. Anyone who had the ability and wanted to play in Quebec was welcome to join in. Indeed the league actively recruited players from afar and in 1948 four jumpers took advantage of that offer. The next year that number expanded to 11. My goal is to chat about that 1949 Provincial League experience, a year in which the success the former outcasts were enjoying so intimidated the Commissioner that he lifted their suspension almost two years before it was scheduled to end.