BAY, DEMPSTER, THOMSON AND ASH TO BE INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

Bay, Dempster, Thomson and Ash to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selections and four Tip O’Neill awards, and together would’ve formed a strong foundation for a professional baseball team.

Former slugger Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.), versatile ex-pitcher Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, B.C.), esteemed coach Rob Thomson (Sarnia, Ont.) and long-time executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.) will be inducted into the Canadian ball shrine in a ceremony to take place on June 15 at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont.

Sportsnet baseball analyst Jeff Blair will also be presented with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Jack Graney Award. The Hall presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significant contributions to baseball in Canada through their life’s work.

“Each of this year’s honourees is a proud Canadian that has had a tremendous impact on baseball in this country,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “Jason Bay and Ryan Dempster were major league all-stars and are two of the most successful Canadian players of all-time, while Rob Thomson and Gord Ash have seven World Series rings between them and are highly respected in the professional baseball community.” We’re also excited to honour Jeff Blair who is one of our country’s most respected and authoritative baseball analysts and writers”

The induction ceremony will be part of a series of activities that will also include a meet-and-greet with the inductees and other special guests called “The Opening Pitch” in Toronto (June 13) and the Hall’s 23rd annual celebrity golf tournament and banquet (June 14). A complete agenda for the three days of activities accompanies this release.

Inductee Bios

Jason Bay

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Born in Trail, B.C. in 1978, Jason Bay played for his hometown squad in the 1990 Little League World Series. A standout athlete in high school, the right-handed hitting outfielder graduated to play two years at Gonzaga University where he earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honours in his junior and senior seasons. His strong collegiate performance convinced the Montreal Expos to select him in the 22nd round of the 2000 MLB draft.

Following two seasons in the Expos organization, he was dealt to the New York Mets and then to the San Diego Padres in just over a four-month span in 2002. After making his big league debut with the Padres in 2003, Bay was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it was in Steeltown that he’d become a star. He assumed starting left field duties for the club on May 7, 2004 and never looked back, hitting .282 and belting 26 home runs in 120 games that season to become the first – and still only – Canadian to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Bay continued to excel for the Pirates over the next four seasons, registering back-to-back 30-home run, 100-RBI campaigns in 2005 and 2006 and earning all-star honours in each of those years. But his game was more than just power, the athletic Canadian swiped 21 bases in 22 attempts in 2005 to lead the National League in stolen base percentage (95.46%). He was also a solid defender, twice finishing second among NL left-fielders in assists (2006, 2007).

After socking 22 home runs in 106 contests to begin the 2008 campaign, he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox at the July 31 trade deadline. In Beantown, he continued to be a power threat, belting nine home runs down the stretch to help the Red Sox to a playoff berth. In the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels, he batted a team-best .412 (7-for-17) to help his club advance to the American League Championship Series. Bay returned to Fenway the next season to club a career-best 36 home runs and register 119 RBI. In the field, he topped AL left fielders in assists (15) and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. For his efforts, he earned his third all-star nod, a Silver Slugger Award and a seventh-place finish in the MVP voting.

Following that season, he signed a four-year deal with the New York Mets and he would finish his 11-year major league career with the Seattle Mariners in 2013.

Bay ranks in the top 10 in most of the all-time offensive statistical categories among Canadian major leaguers, including fifth in home runs (222), sixth in slugging percentage (.481), on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) (.841), walks (636) and seventh in doubles (240) and RBI (754). His 1,200 hits also make him one of only 13 Canadians to record 1,000 or more hits in the majors.

Over the course of his career, Bay was named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award, as top Canadian player, three times (2004, 2005, 2009) and suited up for the Canadian national team at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics, He was added to Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence in 2014.

“It was a very pleasant and somewhat unexpected surprise to get that call from the Canadian Hall of Fame,” said Bay. “I’m proud and honoured to be recognized with great people who have helped build baseball in Canada in various ways, to the elite level it has become. I’m looking forward to it!”

Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster

Born in 1977 in Sechelt, B.C., Ryan Dempster grew up in nearby Gibsons, B.C. The right-hander honed his skills in the North Shore Twins program before pitching for the Canadian Junior National Team in two World Youth Championship tournaments in 1993 and 1994.

His strong arm convinced the Texas Rangers to select him in the third round of the 1995 MLB draft, but after just over 14 months in the Rangers organization, he was dealt to the Florida Marlins in June 1996 as part of a package for right-hander John Burkett.

It was in Miami where his big league career would take off. Following parts of two seasons in the Marlins’ minor league system, he made his major league debut on May 23, 1998 and proceeded to toe the rubber for parts of five seasons with the Marlins. In 2000, he posted a 14-10 record and a 3.66 ERA in 226-1/3 innings in 33 starts and was selected to the National League All-Star team and named the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award winner. He collected 15 more wins the ensuing campaign before he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds on July 11, 2002. He’d spend parts of two seasons with the Reds before he was signed by the Chicago Cubs in January 2004.

He’d enjoy his greatest big league success during his nine-year tenure with the Cubs. In his first four seasons at Wrigley, Dempster was employed as a reliever and from 2005 to 2007 he registered 33, 24 and 28 saves respectively. The Cubs converted him into a starter in 2008 and he rewarded them by delivering his best major league season, going 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 206-2/3 innings in 33 starts. For his efforts, he was named to his second National League All-Star team and finished sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.

He followed that up with three more campaigns in which he logged at least 200 innings for the Cubs before he was dealt back to the Rangers at the 2012 trade deadline. He capped off his major league career by winning a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013.

Dempster finished his 16-year major league career near the top of most all-time Canadian pitching categories, including second in wins (132), strikeouts (2,075), starts (351) and innings pitched (2,387). He also ranks fourth in games (579), saves (87) and WAR (22.5).

On top of his tenure with the Junior National Team, Dempster also toed the rubber for Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. His name was added to Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence in 2013.

Dempster is currently an analyst with the MLB Network and an assistant to Cubs’ president Theo Epstein. During his career, Dempster was known for his charitable endeavors, particularly for raising awareness for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome) that his daughter, Riley, suffers from. He formed The Dempster Family Foundation to improve the quality of life for the growing community of those affected by this syndrome.

“It’s always nice when your contributions to the game of baseball are appreciated.  But when I got the call from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame about my induction I was truly humbled!  I am proud and honoured to be joining so many great baseball people in the Hall this summer in St Marys,” said Dempster.

Rob Thomson

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Born in 1963 in Sarnia, Ont., Rob Thomson grew up in nearby Corunna. A standout player for the Intercounty League’s Stratford Hillers in the early ’80s, Thomson was recruited by Dick Groch, later a famous New York Yankees scout, to play for St. Clair Community College. The young Canadian suited up there for one year before transferring to the University of Kansas.

In 1984, Thomson was part of the Canadian squad that competed in the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles when baseball was a demonstration sport. The following year, he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of MLB draft.

The Canuck catcher/third baseman would advance as high as the class-A level before shifting his focus to coaching in 1988. He served as a minor league coach in the Tigers system for two seasons before joining the New York Yankees in 1990. Over the next 28 seasons, the hard-working Canadian evolved into one of the most respected coaches in the professional ranks. After serving in several capacities in the Bombers’ organization, including minor league coach, manager, field coordinator and director of player development, he joined the Yankees’ big league staff as a special assignment instructor in 2004.

Four years later, he was hired as Yankees bench coach and that season, he managed three games in Joe Girardi’s absence to become the first Canadian to manage a major league contest since George Gibson with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. From 2009 to 2014, Thomson was the Yankees’ third base coach, and he played an important role on the Bombers’ 2009 World-Series-winning club. He returned to the bench coach role in 2015 and worked in that capacity through 2017. Thomson had also organized spring training for the Yankees since 1998 and secured five World Series rings during his lengthy tenure with the franchise.

In December 2017, Thomson was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies to be their bench coach and he is now in his second season in that role.

“I am humbled and honoured to be inducted into Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame!” said Thomson. “Growing up in Corunna Ontario, I would have never dreamt that such an honour would be bestowed onto me. Congratulations to Gord, Ryan and Jason! My Canadian pride will be shining at its brightest as I get inducted on the same day with three fellow Canadians who have achieved so many fantastic things in our great sport. I look forward to June 15th to not only share the day with Gord, Ryan and Jason but also with my family and many people that have touched my life and continue to do so!”  

Gord Ash

Gord Ash

Born in 1951 in Toronto, Ont., Gord Ash began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays working in the ticket office in 1977. He would serve in several positions as he rose through the organization’s ranks, including assistant director of operations from 1980 to 1983 and player personnel administrator from 1984 to 1988, before he was promoted to assistant general manager in 1989.

In his five years as assistant GM with the club, Ash performed much of the behind-the-scenes work on player contracts, including working on those for key free agent signings like Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, Paul Molitor and Dave Stewart who helped the club secure back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. When legendary Blue Jays general manager and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Pat Gillick departed following the 1994 season, Ash was named his successor, which made him just the fourth Canadian to be a GM in the major leagues.

During Ash’s seven-year reign as general manager, the Blue Jays drafted future stars Roy Halladay (1995), Vernon Wells (1997), Michael Young (1997), Orlando Hudson (1997) and Alex Rios (1999). His finest season as GM came in 1998 when the team finished 88-74 and if the current post-season format had been in place, the club would’ve claimed the second wild-card spot in the American League.

After he was relieved of his duties as GM for the Blue Jays following the 2001 season, Ash worked as a baseball analyst for TSN before he was hired to be the assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers under fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Doug Melvin (Chatham, Ont.). Ash served in that role for 12 seasons and helped build the roster of the 2008 Brewers that advanced to the post-season, ending the club’s 26-year playoff drought. He also assisted in constructing the 2011 Brewers club that finished with a franchise record 96 wins and won the National League Central Division title. Since 2015, Ash has worked as the vice-president of Baseball Projects for the Brewers.

In all, Ash has spent more than 40 years in professional baseball. During that time, he has also served as a respected voice on several important MLB committees, including those that have helped shape the collective bargaining process and minor league facility standards. He is one of just six Canadians to serve as a big league general manager. The others are George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont.), Murray Cook (Sackville, N.B.), Doug Melvin (Chatham, Ont.), Alex Anthopoulos (Montreal, Que.) and Farhan Zaidi (Sudbury, Ont.).

Ash is involved with the Special Olympics Canada Foundation and donates annually to various charities in Ontario and Wisconsin.

“I am a lucky man!” said Ash after being told he was being inducted. “When Scott Crawford called to let me know I had been selected for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame I was overwhelmed with emotion. So many baseball memories flashed vividly through my mind, including the people I have met and worked with, the places the game has taken me and the experiences I have had the good fortune to enjoy all came back to life. Baseball was not a career for me but for parts of five decades and over 40 years and it was rather a way of life and I enjoyed every minute. I am humbled and honoured with this opportunity to be included with a group of legends of baseball in Canada and I look forward to induction weekend. Special thanks to the selection committee and congratulations to the other 2019 inductees.”

Jeff Blair – 2018 Jack Graney Award recipient

Born in Kingston, Ont., Jeff Blair grew up in Morden, Man., and attended the University of Manitoba where he started his career in sports journalism when he became sports editor of the school’s newspaper.

After he graduated, he worked for the Winnipeg Free Press for five years, followed by two years with the Calgary Herald. In 1987, he joined the Montreal Gazette, where, for over the next decade, one of his primary assignments was covering the Montreal Expos. After 10 years in Montreal, Blair was hired by The Globe and Mail where he would write about baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays for more than a decade prior to joining Sportsnet in 2010.

While with Sportsnet, he has evolved into one of the network’s most recognizable personalities. He hosts the popular weekday morning program, The Jeff Blair Show, on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and also serves as Sportsnet’s leading baseball analyst. He is also the co-host of Baseball Central alongside Kevin Barker and is a regular contributor to Blue Jays Central.

Despite his busy schedule, he also found time to author Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball, an extensive book about the history of the Blue Jays that was published in 2013.

In all, Blair has spent close to four decades in sports journalism and he has also covered multiple Olympics, World Series and Stanley Cup finals.

“It’s an honour to be part of a group of people I’ve watched, listened to, and read for a long time – people who have taught me what I know about the sport I love in the country I love,” said Blair when informed he’d be receiving the award. “We’re a small community who have shared planes, press boxes and, yes, sometimes grudges. But we’re all proud of our sport, and proud to be in the company of Jack Graney. Thanks to the selection committee and board of directors for considering me worthy of this honour.”

Agenda of 2019 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Events

*All times in Eastern Standard Time (E.T.)

Thursday, June 13

Event: The Opening Pitch at Left Field Brewery in Toronto, which will feature a meet and greet with the 2019 inductees, plus Fergie Jenkins, Paul Beeston, Don McDougall, Murray Cook, Hazel Mae and Jeff Blair. Food will be provided by Sportsnet Grill. The new Left Field Brewery Beachville Cream Ale will be unveiled with part of the sale proceeds being donated to the Hall of Fame.

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Cost: Event is SOLD OUT.

Friday, June 14

Event: 23rd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Banquet

Golfers

Time: Registration at 10 a.m., Tee-off at 11 a.m., Dinner/banquet starts at 5:00 p.m., Program and awards will immediately follow the dinner.

Location: St. Marys Golf and Country Club, 769 Queen Street East, St. Marys, Ont. Banquet will be held on Hall of Fame grounds, 386 Church Street South.

Cost: $1,500 per foursome or $300 per individual player. You can also purchase tickets to the banquet only for $80 each. Doors open for the banquet at 5:00 p.m. To register for the golf tournament or purchase tickets to the banquet, please call (519) 284-1838 or e-mail us at baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca

The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, lunch, a dinner banquet, hole sponsorship, a gift bag and the opportunity to golf with a celebrity. Individuals (who pay $300) will enjoy the same perks, with the exception of the hole sponsorship. If you cannot make the tournament but wish to register your company as a hole sponsor for $350, please let us know.

Celebrities for this event will include: 2019 inductees: Jason Bay, Ryan Dempster, Rob Thomson and Gord Ash; plus Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers: Fergie Jenkins, Steve Rogers, Allan Simpson, Murray Cook, Bill Humber, Ray Carter, Doug Melvin, Jeff Francis, Tim Leiper, Pete Orr and Chris Leroux. Former major leaguers Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward, Larry Landreth, Greg O’Halloran, Pierre-Luc LaForest, Jesse Litsch, Billy Atkinson and John Upham will also be in attendance, as will ex-NHLers Terry Crisp, Merlin Malinowski, Walter Tkaczuk and Mark Bell.

Saturday, June 15

Event: Induction Ceremony for Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Rob Thomson and Gord Ash. It will be emceed by Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae.

2019 Inductees

Induction Day Schedule:

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Inductee press conference inside the museum (386 Church St. S.) (media only)

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Baseball games will be played on the Hall’s diamonds. (See schedule of specific games below)

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Museum open to public for regular admission fees.

During the day, come out and meet the Toronto Blue Jays mascot ACE and the J Force squad.

1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. – Induction Ceremony for 2019 inductees on the Hall of Fame grounds (386 Church St. S.)

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Autograph session* (Please read rules below) with the 2019 inductees Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Rob Thomson and Gord Ash, plus Fergie Jenkins, Allan Simpson, Murray Cook, Bill Humber, Ray Carter, Doug Melvin, Steve Rogers, Pat Hentgen, Howard Starkman, Larry Landreth, Pierre-Luc LaForest, Billy Atkinson, Jesse Litsch, Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward and other special guests.

Cost for Autograph Session*(Please read rules below): Members should bring their membership card. Members $10 each to enter, non-members $20 each to enter the autograph session.

*Hall of Fame 2019 members will enter the autograph line first.

*Autograph session is 90 minutes long.

*Autographs are limited to one item per person per inductee/special guest.

*Autographs will be signed on a first-come first-serve basis.

*Hall of Fame staff reserve the right to cut the autograph line at any time.

*Autographs are not guaranteed.

*NO posed photos.

Induction Day Games Schedule – June 15

Cement Field – Ontario Nationals games 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Rotary Field – Ontario Blue Jays 14U Feijo vs East York Bulldogs 14U at 10 a.m. and St. Marys Bantam games 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

King Field – Kitchener Panthers 12U AA vs Brantford 12U (Minor Peewee) AA at 12pm and Ontario Blue Jays 14U Feijo vs East York Bulldogs 14U at 3 p.m.

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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2019 Inductees

INDUCTION DAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 15

The 2019 Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15.

The 2019 inductees are Jason BayRyan DempsterRob Thomson and Gord Ash.

Emcee Hazel Mae

The Induction Ceremony under the ceremonial tent is free to attend and it’s not a ticketed event, however there are many advantages during Induction weekend for members. Including entrance into the autograph session prior to non-members.

Purchase a 2019 Elite, Home Run or Grand Slam annual Membership and receive 2 or 4 reserved seats depending on your membership type (if requested by June 1) for the Ceremony.

Buy a 2019 Home Run or Grand Slam Annual Membership and you can dine with the 2019 Inductees.

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Schedule of events (subject to change):
9am-8pm – ballgames on the site
9:30am-10:30am – Inductee press conference inside museum (386 Church St. S.) (media only)
11:30am-5pm – museum open to public for tours
1:00pm-3pm – Induction Ceremony for 2019 Inductees at the Hall of Fame (386 Church St. S.). Emcee for the ceremony will be Hazel Mae
3:30pm-5:00pm – autograph session with the 2019 inductees Ryan Dempster, Jason Bay, Rob Thomson and Gord Ash, plus Fergie Jenkins, Allan Simpson, Murray Cook, Bill Humber, Ray Carter, Doug Melvin, Steve Rogers, Pat Hentgen, Howard Starkman, Larry Landreth, Pierre-Luc LaForest, Billy Atkinson, Jesse Litsch, Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward and other special guests.

Induction setup

Members bring your membership card.

Members $10 each to enter, non-members $20 each to enter the autograph session.

*Hall of Fame 2019 members enter first.
Autograph session is 90 minutes long. 
Autographs are limited to one item per person per Inductee/special guest. 
Autographs will be signed on a first come first serve basis. 
Hall of Fame staff reserve the right to cut the line at any time. 
Autographs are not guaranteed. 
NO posed photos

Come meet the Toronto Blue Jays mascot ACE and the J-Force during the day from 10am-1pm.

SPECIAL thanks to Sportsnet 590 The Fan for their promotion prior to induction weekend.

INDUCTION DAY GAMES

Cement Field – Ontario Nationals games 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm

Rotary Field – Ontario Blue Jays 14U Feijo vs East York Bulldogs 14U at 10am and St. Marys Bantam games 2pm and 4pm

King Field – Kitchener Panthers 12U AA vs Brantford 12U (Minor Peewee) AA at 12pm and Ontario Blue Jays 14U Feijo vs East York Bulldogs 14U at 3pm

Directions to Hall of Fame (386 Church St. S.):
15 minutes west of Stratford: Go west from Stratford on hwy #7 Turn right at Perth Line #9 Just past Tim Hortons turn left onto Church St. S. Follow to “V” in the road and take the “V”
right.

30 minutes North of London: Go North on either Highbury or Hwy 4 from London Turn right on hwy #7 Turn left on Perth Rd 123 Turn right on Park St. Turn right on Church St. S. Follow to “V” in the road and take the “V” right.

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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CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME RE-OPENS

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame re-opens

St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that our expanded and renovated museum will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m.

The revamped St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine, which now includes a 2,500-square foot addition, will boast new interactive exhibits and a visitors lounge for groups and social events. Also included are an archive and resource library that will house the Hall’s historic documents and serve as the new home of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.

Renovations to the original stone house, which has functioned as the museum’s home for the past two decades, have also been completed. This part of the museum will continue to showcase one-of-a-kind artifacts but in fresh new professionally designed displays.

“This grand re-opening marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our museum,” said Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame board chair Adam Stephens. “We’re looking forward to every fan of Canadian baseball being able to see our enhanced facility and our new and interactive exhibits that tell the story of Canada’s rich baseball history.”

The Hall’s brand-new visitors’ lounge will feature a unique collection of original baseball artwork and offer guests an opportunity to view footage from previous induction ceremonies. This room will also be available to the public to rent.

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With the new archive and resource library, the Hall will be able to better store our collection, while the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research will provide opportunities for researchers to access the Hall’s vast collection of historical resources and documents.

The museum will be open six days a week (Tuesdays through Sundays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 27 to September 2. It will be closed on Mondays except for holidays. Fall and winter hours please check the website

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame would like to thank the following financial supporters whose generous contributions helped make the new museum possible:

Charles Bronfman, Government of Ontario

R. Howard Webster Foundation

Kaye and Paul Beeston, FedDev Ontario, Margaret D King and Family, In Memory of the John Marshall Lind Family, Don and Marion McDougall, Rotary Club of St. Marys, J.B. and Tish Tudor

Rogers Communications Inc., Cathy and Rob Taylor, Larry Walker

Tammy Adkin, Barb and Keith Fawcett, The Hamade Family, Joan and Dick MacPherson, Philip Parkinson, John Starzynski, Adam and Deidra Stephens

Michael and Susan Davies, John and Patricia Harlton, Betsy and Anthony Little, Ken and Madeline Parkinson and Bob and Gill Stephens

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities will be held from June 13 to June 15. This year’s class consists of former big league players Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, B.C.), as well as long-time professional coach Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) and former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.).

For more information check our website at baseballhalloffame.ca and follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram

Réouverture du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien le 27 avril

St-Marys, Ontario – Le Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien est heureux d’annoncer l’ouverture du nouveau musée ce samedi, 27 avril à 10 h.

Tout juste agrandi de 2500 pieds carrés et fraîchement rénové, le musée présentera de nouvelles salles d’exposition et une salle de réception pour les groupes et les événements. Fait également parti du musée une bibliothèque d’archives comprenant les documents historiques du Temple et qui accueillera maintenant le Centre de recherches pour le baseball canadien.

Les rénovations à la maison d’origine faite de pierres, qui a abrité le musée au cours des 20 dernières années, sont également complétées. Vous pourrez toujours contempler des artéfacts dans cette partie du musée, dans une nouvelle présentation conçue professionnellement.

« Cette grande réouverture marque le début d’un nouveau chapitre excitant pour notre musée, a déclaré le président du conseil d’administration Adam Stephens. Nous espérons que chaque Canadien partisan de baseball aura la chance de venir voir nos installations améliorées et nos nouvelles expositions interactives qui racontent la riche histoire du baseball au Canada. »

La nouvelle salle de réception mettra en vedette des collections d’œuvres d’art unique sur le baseball et diffusera les cérémonies d’intronisation passées. Cette salle pourra également être louée.

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Avec la nouvelle section d’archives, le Temple pourra maintenant mieux préserver sa collection alors que le Centre de recherches pour le baseball canadien permettra aux chercheurs d’accéder à la vaste collection historique du Temple.

Le musée sera ouvert six jours par semaine, du mardi au dimanche, de 10 h à 17 h, du 27 avril au 2 septembre. Le musée sera fermé les lundis à l’exception des jours fériés. Visitez notre site web pour les heures d’ouverture à l’automne et à l’hiver.

Le Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien aimerait remercier les gens suivants pour leur soutien financier qui a rendu possible l’expansion du musée :

Charles Bronfman, Gouvernement de l’Ontario

Fondation R. Howard Webster

Kaye et Paul Beeston, FedDev Ontario, Margaret D King et sa famille, À la mémoire de la famille de John Marshall Lind, Don et Marion McDougall, Le Club Rotary de St-Marys, J.B. et Tish Tudor

Rogers Communications Inc., Cathy et Rob Taylor, Larry Walker

Tammy Adkin, Barb et Keith Fawcett, la famille Hamade, Joan et Dick MacPherson, Philip Parkinson, John Starzynski, Adam et Deidra Stephens

Michael et Susan Davies, John et Patricia Harlton, Betsy et Anthony Little, Ken et Madeline Parkinson et Bob et Gill Stephens

Le week-end d’intronisation du Temple de la renommée aura lieu du 13 au 15 juin. Cette année, les intronisés sont les anciens joueurs Jason Bay (Trail, C.-B.) et Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, C.-B.), l’instructeur Rob Thomson (Corunna, ON) et l’ancien directeur-gérant des Blue Jays de Toronto Gord Ash (Toronto, ON).

Pour plus d’information, visitez notre site web et suivez-nous sur Twitter, Facebook et Instagram.

Winning team baseball hall of fame

23rd ANNUAL CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC AND BANQUET – 80% SOLD OUT

23rd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Banquet

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum 23rd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Banquet on Friday, June 14 is 80% sold out! Don’t miss out on your opportunity for a great day of golf, while supporting a great cause. This is a first rate event that you will always remember with fondness in future years. Thank you to all golfers who have supported us over the past 22 years in raising funds and recognition for this national entity.

The tournament provides an excellent opportunity for you to join three friends on the golf course with one of our invited celebrities.

The 2019 celebrities so far are:

2019 inductees: Jason Bay, Ryan Dempster, Rob Thomson and Gord Ash

Hall of Famers: Fergie Jenkins, Steve Rogers, Allan Simpson, Murray Cook, Bill Humber, Ray Carter, Doug Melvin, Jeff Francis, Tim Leiper, Jeff Francis, Pete Orr, Chris Leroux

Former MLB’ers: Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward,Larry Landreth, Greg O’Halloran, Pierre-Luc LaForest, Jesse Litsch, Billy Atkinson, John Upham

Former NHL’ers: Dennis Maruk, Merlin Malinowski, Walter Tkaczuk and Mark Bell

You can count on a great round of golf, sharing good times with your friends and the celebrities, and having some good old-fashioned fun. The tournament will again be a Shotgun start Texas Scramble format.

Click here for the 2019 Golf brochure

For more information on our website click HERE.

The investment of $1500 which includes entry for four golfers, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner banquet, hole signage and gift bag.  If you cannot make the tournament but wish to register your company as a Hole Sponsor for $350, please let us know. Individuals may also register for $300 which includes the banquet and we will slot you in a foursome. Banquet only tickets are $80 each.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 through this event to further enhance our future plans.

Over the years, participants in our Celebrity Golf Tournament have always commented on the quality of the prizes. We are committed to seeing that this tradition continues. Your participation in the donation of prizes as well as hole sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. If, by chance, you cannot attend the tournament, perhaps you could help by donating a prize or sponsoring a hole.

Click here for the 2019 Golf brochure

2019 GOLF BANQUET TICKETS ONLY ARE AVAILABLE

Tickets are only $80 each to enjoy a wonderful meal and mingle with many excellent celebrities. Click here for banquet tickets.

For more information about the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and our Celebrity Golf Tournament, please call us at 519-284-1838 or email the Hall of Fame at baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca

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23e tournoi de golf annuel des célébrités et banquet

Déjà 80 % des billets du 23e tournoi de golf des célébrités et banquet du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien qui aura lieu le vendredi 14 juin sont vendus! Ne manquez pas cette chance unique de jouer au golf tout en soutenant une bonne cause. Il s’agit d’un événement unique en son genre dont vous vous rappellerez le restant de vos jours. Merci aux golfeurs qui ont participé au tournoi au cours des 22 années précédentes et qui nous ont aidé à recueillir des fonds pour notre musée.

Voilà une opportunité en or de jouer au golf avec trois de vos amis et l’une des célébrités invitées.

Jusqu’ici, les invités au tournoi 2019 sont :

Intronisés 2019 : Jason Bay, Ryan Dempster, Rob Thomson et Gord Ash

Membres : Fergie Jenkins, Pat Hentgen, Steve Rogers, Allan Simpson, Murray Cook, Bill Humber, Ray Carter, Doug Melvin, Jeff Francis, Tim Leiper, Chris Leroux et Pete Orr

Anciens joueurs de la MLB : Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward, Billy Atkinson, Pierre-Luc LaForest, Jesse Litsch, Larry Landreth, et Greg O’Halloran

Anciens joueurs de la LNH : Dennis Maruk, Merlin Malinowski et Mark Bell

Attendez-vous à une excellente ronde de golf au cours de laquelle vous passerez du bon temps avec vos amis et nos célébrités et où vous vous rappellerez de bons souvenirs. Le tournoi se jouera sous la formule Shotgun Texas Scrumble.

Cliquez ici pour la brochure du tournoi 2019

Pour plus d’informations sur notre site web, cliquez ici.

Pour réserver votre quatuor, le coût est de 1500 $ pour le groupe et comprend un déjeuner continental, le dîner, le repas au banquet, une affiche avec le nom de votre compagnie au tertre de départ et un sac cadeau. Votre compagnie peut également commanditer un trou pour 350 $. Pour une inscription individuelle, les frais sont de 300 $ et incluent également le repas au banquet. L’organisation vous assignera un quatuor. Les billets pour le banquet seulement sont de 80 $.

L’objectif est d’amasser 30 000 $ avec cet événement afin de concrétiser nos plans futurs.

Au cours des années, les participants au tournoi des célébrités ont toujours apprécié la qualité des prix et des cadeaux. Nous nous assurerons que cette tradition se poursuive. Votre participation à ce chapitre, tout comme la commandite d’un trou, est la bienvenue et très appréciée. Si, par hasard, vous ne pouvez prendre part au tournoi, peut-être pourrez-vous contribuer par un cadeau ou une commandite.

Cliquez ici pour la brochure du tournoi 2019

Les billets sont de 80 $ seulement pour le banquet et pour un excellent en compagnie de nos célébrités. Cliquez ici pour les billets du banquet.

Pour plus d’informations sur le Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien et notre tournoi de golf des célébrités, communiquez avec nous au 519 284-1838 ou par courriel au baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca.

CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TO LAUNCH INDUCTION WEEKEND WITH RECEPTION AT BASEBALL INSPIRED CRAFT BREWERY – SOLD OUT

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to launch Induction Weekend with Reception at Baseball Inspired Craft Brewery – SOLD OUT

St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will officially launch its 2019 induction weekend with a reception at the Left Field Brewery in Toronto on Thursday June 13 called “The Opening Pitch.”

This event will offer attendees the opportunity to mingle with the Hall’s 2019 induction class, which consists of ex-big leaguers Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) and Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, B.C.), as well as highly respected major league coach Rob Thomson (Sarnia, Ont.) and long-time Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers executive Gord Ash (Toronto, Ont.). Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.), inductees Paul Beeston, Howard Starkman, Murray Cook, Tim Leiper, Don McDougall and Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae and Jeff Blair will also be in attendance, along with other special guests.

2019 Inductees

The Hall has teamed-up with Left Field Brewery on a limited-edition Hall of Fame collaboration brew and it will be available for the first time at this exclusive event. We are also proud to have Sportsnet Grill on board, who will be providing ballpark inspired fare.

When: Thursday June 13, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto. For more information about the venue, visit: www.leftfieldbrewery.ca

Cost: $75 per ticket, which includes food and drinks and special gift.

Tickets are available HERE.

This event is not an autograph session so there are no guarantees for autographs. Please be respectful of the inductees and other special guests.

In addition, there will be silent auction items to bid on throughout the evening. All proceeds are in support of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lancement du weekend d’intronisation du Temple de la renommée à la microbrasserie Left Field de Toronto

St-Marys, Ontario – Le Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien lancera officiellement sa fin de semaine d’intronisation avec la soirée « The Opening Pitch » à la microbrasserie sportive « Left Field » situé à Toronto, le jeudi 13 juin.

L’événement permettra aux participants de rencontrer les membres qui seront intronisés en 2019, soit les anciens joueurs des Ligues majeures Jason Bay (Trail, C.-B.) et Ryan Dempster (Sechelt, C.-B.), l’instructeur hautement respecté des Ligues majeures Rob Thomson (Sarnia, ON) et l’ancien dirigeant des Blue Jays de Toronto et des Brewers de Milwaukee Gord Ash (Toronto, ON). La légende du baseball canadien Ferguson Jenkins (Chatham, ON), le membre intronisé Paul Beeston, Howard Starkman, Murray Cook, Tim Leiper, Don McDougall et la journaliste de Sportsnet Hazel Mae et Jeff Blair seront également présents à la soirée, tout comme d’autres invités spéciaux.

2019 Inductees

Le Temple a également collaboré avec la microbrasserie afin de concocter une bière spéciale en édition limitée et qui sera disponible pour la première fois à cette soirée exclusive. Sportsnet Grill sera également sur place et préparera des plats typiques des stades de baseball.

Quand : Jeudi, 13 juin 2019 de 18 h à 21 h.

Où : Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto. Pour plus d’informations sur l’emplacement visitez le site www.leftfieldbrewery.ca.

Coût : 75 $ par billet, incluant nourriture et breuvage et un cadeau.

Billets disponibles ici (lien)

Cet événement n’est pas une séance d’autographe alors il n’y a aucune garantie pour des autographes. Veuillez SVP respecter les membres et les invités spéciaux.

Au cours de la soirée, il y aura un encan silencieux où vous pourrez miser sur différents items. Tous les profits sont destinés au soutien du Temple de la renommée et musée du baseball canadien.

Jim McKean

HALL OF FAMER JIM MCKEAN

Though he took a circuitous route to the big leagues, Jim McKean evolved into one of the most respected umpires of his generation. After graduating from Montreal’s Monklands High School, where he claimed top athlete honours, McKean became a quarterback with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was named the league’s outstanding rookie in 1963 and was part of the Riders’ Grey Cup-winning squad in 1966.

Read more HERE.