Father Ronald Cullen


After landing a position at Windsor’s Assumption High School in 1948, Father Ronald Cullen dedicated over 50 years of service to the city. With an approach emphasizing discipline, the iconic sports figure inspired thousands of young football, hockey and baseball players during his venerable coaching career.

The Windsor sports legend was the bench boss of 13 high school hockey teams that advanced to the All-Ontario championships and helped spur Marc Reaume, Mike Eaves, Murray Eaves and Ed Mio to NHL careers. One of the best amateur baseball coaches in Canadian history, Cullen’s teams almost always vied for city, provincial and national titles.

Read more HERE.


Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame teams with Heritage Auctions to host appraisal events

St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is teaming up with Heritage Auctions to host two appraisal events at their newly renovated facility on November 13 and 14.

For a $10 (per person) donation, visitors can have up to three sports items reviewed by a Heritage Auctions expert who will provide them with a verbal appraisal of its value. The $10 donation will also include admission to the museum.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for people to have their sports items reviewed by a representative from one of the best and most respected auction houses in the world,” said Scott Crawford, the Hall’s director of operations. “We encourage everyone to come out to our newly renovated museum to have their items checked out.”

A Heritage Auctions expert will be available at the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 13 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heritage Auctions is one of the largest sports collectibles auction houses in the world. They have offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

“We are honoured to be trusted by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to give appraisals for their customer’s treasured sports items,” said Heritage Auctions consignment director Tony Giese. “Baseball has a long history in Canada and we are glad to be able to help people find the true value of their collectibles.”

Based in St. Marys, Ont., the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame opened its renovated facility in 2019. The revamped building includes a 2,500-square foot addition, new exhibits and the R. Howard Webster Foundation Visitors Lounge, which serves as a multi-purpose room for groups and social events. The appraisals will be done in this lounge, but visitors are encouraged to tour the museum.

The renovated facility also includes the Harry Simmons Memorial Library, which is an unparalleled Canadian baseball resource library that houses books, files and historic documents. It also serves as the home of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

Special Notes to Visitors Planning to Attend the Appraisal Events:

A Heritage Auctions expert will review almost any sports item (from all major sports, including hockey), but the team on hand will have an expertise in:

Game-worn jerseys

Game-used equipment

Vintage sports cards

Autographed items.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame annual members will receive front of the line privileges to the Heritage Auctions experts. You can purchase your membership HERE.

A $10 donation will be required for three or fewer items to be reviewed, but you may have four or more items reviewed for an additional $10 donation.

Our definition of an item is as follows, one binder of sports cards = one item. One baseball = one item. Two baseballs, however, will count as two items, etc.


Watch Game 3 of the World Series at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Astros, Yankees, Cardinals, Nationals.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum would like to invite you to watch Game 3 of the World Series on its 14-foot screen in their new R. Howard Webster Visitors Lounge on Friday, October 25th.

The game will be free to watch, but seating will be limited, so if you plan to attend, please register on the Hall’s Eventbrite site HERE.

“We’re excited to be able to hold an event like this in our new R. Howard Webster Visitors Lounge,” said Scott Crawford, the Hall’s director of operations. “I’m looking forward to watching the game with a spirited group of baseball fans.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m. local time, with the game slated to begin at 8 p.m. Food, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase during the game and a silent auction will take place.

Fans may also tour the museum for the regular price of admission.

The Hall’s R. Howard Webster Visitors Lounge is available for rent and is a perfect venue for work functions, receptions and catered events. The 600-square foot room is decorated with baseball art and photos from the Hall’s exclusive collection and overlooks their newest diamond, King Field. The lounge also offers Wi-Fi capabilities and the Hall can provide tables, chairs and AV equipment.

“It’s a truly unique place to hold an event or a company function. We’ve been receiving a lot of very positive feedback about the lounge,” said Crawford. “We plan to host a lot of events in it in the future, but it’s also available for groups and businesses to rent as well.”

Next event: Heritage Auctions appraisal days – November 13-14

Tony Kubek


Born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1935, Kubek won three World Series as a shortstop with the New York Yankees between 1957 and 1965 before becoming a popular broadcaster for NBC. He spent 25 seasons behind the mike for the network and called 11 World Series and 10 All-Star games, as well as the Saturday afternoon “Game of the Week.” Along the way, he teamed with legendary play-by-play men like Jim Simpson, Curt Gowdy and Bob Costas.

The Toronto Blue Jays were fortunate to land Kubek as an analyst on their TV broadcasts in 1977 and during his 13 seasons in the booth for the club, he educated tens of thousands of Canadian viewers on CTV and TSN about the sport. On top of the insights he could provide as a former player, Kubek’s no-nonsense style and quick and extensive analysis made him one of the best and most respected analysts of his era. While with the Blue Jays, aside from his analysis, he was one of the first broadcasters to ask to communicate with the director in the production truck to suggest camera shots during the game that would improve the broadcast.

Read more HERE.

Charles Pop Smith


Nicknamed “Pop” because of his signature bushy mustache, Charles Smith is the most successful Nova Scotian to play in the big leagues. After his family relocated to Boston in the 1870s, he evolved into a top prospect and began suiting up for the Binghamton Crickets, an independent pro team, where he earned raves for his fielding prowess and speed.

His major league debut came with the Cincinnati Reds in 1880. Manning second base for the struggling club, Smith topped the Reds in RBIs and triples. After two seasons of toiling with several different clubs, Smith enjoyed his finest campaign in 1883, when he recorded 106 hits for the Columbus Buckeyes and topped the American Association with 17 triples. He followed that up with 106 more hits in 1884, a season in which he also led American Association second basemen in assists.

Read more HERE.


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It’s a great time to be both a fan of baseball and a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum! 

2019 has been a transformative year for us in our newly expanded museum  and we look forward to building on that momentum for 2020 with new programming initiatives, continued collections work with our precious artifacts, Induction weekend (June 18 – 20) and many other great events.

Additionally, we are excited about the strong candidate list for the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award with many Canadians, including Mike Soroka, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Joey Votto and James Paxton plus others enjoying very successful seasons.

We also take time to remember our inductees, Jim McKean (2004) and the AAGPBL’s Betty Dunn, Terry Donahue, Margaret Maxwell and Colleen McCulloch (1998) who passed away earlier in 2019.  We continue to reflect on and celebrate their impact on Canadian baseball and the Hall of Fame.

The purpose of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has never been more evident than it is now as we remember the contributions to the growth and development of baseball.  The legacy will remain in our museum forever, thanks to our many supporters.

We truly appreciate your support and trust that we can count on you to join our team for 2020, which promises to be an exciting year as we continue to operate our new museum and establish new programming events.

Please complete the membership form online HERE or if you wish a copy to print out and mail click HERE. All levels of membership receive a partial income tax receipt among the many other benefits as outlined on the form.

Please contact us if you wish further information and thank you in advance for your 2020 membership.


Fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference set for November to include a museum tour

The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held on November 9th and 10th  at Museum London in London, Ont.

The event, which brings together baseball fans and researchers from across the country, is once again being organized by Andrew North, who is a long-time Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and the co-founder of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

This year’s conference will also include a bus trip to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont., where attendees will have a chance to visit the newly expanded facility.

“We’re excited to share our new museum with such a hardcore group of baseball enthusiasts,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “Andrew and his wife, Elena, do such an excellent job of organizing this conference. I’ve been at every one of them and I’ve learned something new from each presentation.”

Fifteen presentations will be made at this year’s conference that will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday and then half the day on Sunday. The presentations will cover a wide variety of Canadian baseball history topics, including talks that will shine the spotlight on Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Bob Emslie, Harry Simmons, Mary “Bonnie” Baker (a Canadian All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player) and George Sleeman.

For a complete list of the presentations and for more information about the conference, please visit this page HERE

The registration fee for the conference is $70, which covers all of the presentations, continental breakfasts both days, a catered lunch on Saturday, and tours of both the Museum London Art Gallery and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

If you have any questions about the conference, you can contact Andrew North at mavrix@rogers.com. To register, you can send $70 via e-Transfer to mavrix@rogers.com, or a cheque (made out to the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research) to 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys Ont. N4X 0A6.


The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 386 Church St. South in St. Marys, Ontario.

MapQuest MAP

October 13 – April 30, 2020 – open for pre-booked group tours only. Call 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca.
May 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 – Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (Open holiday Mondays from 10am-5pm)
September 1, 2020 – October 10 – open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm (not open October 13)

The office for the Hall of Fame is open 9am-5pm all year.

Admission Fees:
Adult/Senior $12
Children (ages 10-17) $10
Children (ages 9 and under) Free
Family (2 adults/4 children) $35
Group tours $10 per person (10 or more people)

Contact information:
Office: 519-284-1838 for details or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca
Fax: 519-284-1234

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MLB postseason: Who should Canadians cheer for?

By Kevin Glew
Canadian Baseball Network

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Twenty years ago, the New York Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series, and there was not a single Canadian player on either of the teams.

If a rematch were to happen this year, two Canadian starting pitchers could face off in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. Braves rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been outstanding this season, posting a 13-4 record and a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts. Meanwhile, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) has been equally unhittable for the Yankees over the past two months. The 6-foot-4 lefty has won his last 10 decisions and posted a 2.25 ERA during that stretch.

And those are just two of the Canadians who could suit up in this year’s post-season. Montreal native Russell Martin will serve as the Los Angeles Dodgers back-up catcher in his 10th post-season appearance. Meanwhile Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) and Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) could crack the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros playoff rosters respectively. Read more HERE.

Harry Simmons


Harry Simmons’ unrivalled knowledge of baseball history, rules and statistics landed him a job with the International League in 1946, the same historic season that Jackie Robinson played his first year of integrated baseball with the Montreal Royals. After handling much of the press coverage related to Robinson, Simmons wore many hats in the league’s executive office over the next 20 years, and was often consulted on issues related to player contracts, finances and staffing. Previously in New York, the International League’s head office was transferred to Montreal in 1953. Simmons would move his family to Cartierville, Quebec the following year and maintain his Canadian residence until 1995.

Read more HERE.