2020 INDUCTION PROGRAM & OUTFIELD BILLBOARD PROMOTION

2020 Induction Program & Outfield Billboard Promotion

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum has sponsorship opportunities that will boost your profile, connect you with sport and culture enthusiasts, and demonstrate your community involvement. Email the HALL OF FAME or call 519-284-1838 if you would like to become involved.

The 2020 Inductees are: Canadian player Justin Morneau, former Toronto Blue Jays superstars John Olerud and Duane Ward and former Montreal Expos announcer Jacques Doucet.

Induction weekend events include:
The Opening Pitch welcoming event – June 18
24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Banquet – June 19
Induction Ceremony – June 20

To view the CBHFM 2020 Advertising package for the Annual Program and Outfield Billboards, click HERE.

Annual Hall of Fame Program – promote your company by advertising in our annual induction program. From a 1/16 page ad to a full page ad, from black and white to colour this is a great way to reach your audience throughout our busy year and a great keepsake for people from the 2020 induction weekend.

Outfield Billboards

Outfield Billboard signage – Large banners for the outfield wall of the St. Marys Cement Company Field, Rotary Field and King Field. These banners are 5ft by 15ft and you can purchase either a one or three year deal. With over 950 events on our 32 acre site and several thousands of people attending these events it’s a great way to promote.

To view the CBHFM 2020 Advertising package for the Annual Program and Outfield Billboards, click HERE.

Howie Starkman

HALL OF FAMER HOWARD STARKMAN

Born in Toronto in 1945, Starkman has spent four decades as an executive with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was initially hired as director of public relations on July 4, 1976 and he served in that capacity until 1998. In that role, he was in charge of media relations, broadcasting, travel and team publications. He was also responsible for the club’s “Name the team” contest prior to the inaugural season that resulted in the Blue Jays name.

Starkman also played key behind-the-scenes roles in the Blue Jays’ first games at Exhibition Stadium and the SkyDome and in their playoff and World Series appearances through 1993. He also doubled as a public relations official for Major League Baseball for 15 World Series and 10 All-Star games. For his efforts, he was presented with the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Robert O. Fishel Award in 1995, an honour that’s bestowed annually for excellence in public relations. Six years later, he was honoured with a 25-year service award from Major League Baseball.

Read more HERE

Sparky Anderson

HALL OF FAMER SPARKY ANDERSON

Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953, Sparky Anderson advanced to the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1956, where he hit .298 and rapped out 135 hits. After toiling with the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels for one season, the fiery second baseman returned to Montreal to sock 35 doubles and lead the Royals to a league title in 1958. His sole big league season came with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959, before he came back to Canada to man second base for the Toronto Maple Leafs for four seasons.

In all, the heady infielder played six of 10 minor league seasons north of the border. During that time, he was voted the International League’s Smartest Player five times. In 1964, Anderson accepted his first managerial post with the Toronto Maple Leafs, an opportunity afforded to him by fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Kent Cooke. After compiling an 80-72 record for the Leafs, he made his way up the managerial ladder to become one of the most successful skippers in big league history.

Read more HERE.

SUMMER JOBS AT THE HALL OF FAME

Employment opportunities

CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM

Join the Hall of Fame team for the exciting season inside the new museum and on our beautiful 32 acre site. If you have a passion for museums or baseball or both we are the place for you this season. We are looking to hire two people to help run our newly renovated museum and one person to look after the ballfields and site.

HIRING THREE PEOPLE IN 2020

Museum Assistant
2 people May-end August (1 full-time, 1 part-time)
Grade 11 or 12 students or post-secondary school (ages 15-30)

Duties – providing museum tours, working with the collection, selling merchandise, planning events

Qualifications – museum knowledge, baseball interest, computer skills, experience working with others and handling cash.

Pay – $14.25-$15.25 per hour (weekdays and weekends)
Start Date – end April

Whole site new museum baseball hall of fame

Site Maintenance Position
1 person mid-April – end of August (full-time)
Post-secondary student (up to age 30)

Property–32 acre site, 5 ball fields, museum grounds

Duties – field preparation and maintenance, machine operation and maintenance, turf care, cleaning

Qualifications – valid drivers license, ability to operate machinery, physical labour, enjoy outside work

Pay – $14.50-$15.50 per hour (weekdays and weekends)
Start Date – mid-April

Deadlines March 2, 2020

Cover letter and resume can be emailed to baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca or dropped off at 386 Church St. S. in St. Marys

HALL OF FAMER TONY FERNANDEZ PASSES AWAY

Official Hall of Fame statement:

We are heartbroken to learn that Tony Fernandez has passed away. Tony was a baseball legend in every sense. He was a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, a World Series champion and the Toronto Blue Jays’ all-time hits leader, but more importantly he was a gentle and thoughtful man who was always quick to pray for someone that he sensed needed help. When he was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2008, he gave a very moving and inspiring speech that many of us still talk about today. We are grateful that in the years that followed, Tony continued to be a strong supporter of our museum who returned regularly to our annual induction ceremony. In our view, Tony was everything a Hall of Famer should be: an all-time great on the field and a charitable, selfless person away from it. We will miss him dearly.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Clara and his children Joel, Jonathan, Abraham, Andres and Jasmine. We are thinking of them and sending them our thoughts and prayers.

Read more about Tony HERE.

Oscar Judd

HALL OF FAMER OSCAR JUDD

After leading Ingersoll and Guelph to Ontario championships, Oscar Judd played in seven different pro and semi-pro leagues prior to his major league debut in 1941. His minor league odyssey included stints in the Cubs and Cardinals organizations. While in the Cards system, Judd, who had hit as high as .416 in 1939, was asked by baseball legend Branch Rickey to become a full-time outfielder, but the Southern Ontario southpaw refused.

Judd would make his big league debut with the Red Sox in 1941, but it wasn’t until 1942, at age 34, that he became a regular starter, posting eight wins and a 3.89 ERA. The following season was Judd’s finest, when he fashioned an 11-6 record, a sparkling 2.90 ERA and earned himself a trip to the all-star game.

Read more HERE.

Arthur Irwin

HALL OF FAMER ARTHUR IRWIN

Arthur Irwin played sandlot baseball in Toronto, before moving to Boston at age 15. Signed by the National League’s Worcester Ruby Legs, the young Canadian made his major league debut on May 1, 1880. The finest season of his 11-year playing career was in 1883, when he hit .286 and registered 116 hits with the Providence Grays. When the Grays captured the league crown the following year, he became the first Canadian to be part of a championship squad.

The gritty infielder revolutionized fielding after he broke two fingers on his left hand in 1885. Unwilling to sit out with the injury, Irwin took a large buckskin driving glove, padded it, made a fastening at the back and sewed the third and fourth fingers together to leave room for the bandages. In devising this contraption, Irwin has been credited with popularizing the fielder’s glove.

Read more HERE.

Vlad

HALL OF FAMER VLADIMIR GUERRERO

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.

Read more HERE.

2020 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

2020 Membership Drive

With spring training just a week away, it’s time to get excited about baseball and consider your membership to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum! 

The 2020 Induction weekend (June 18-20) includes many great events including, the Opening Pitch Welcome Event, the 24th annual celebrity golf classic and banquet and the induction ceremony. The 2020 Inductees are Canadian Justin Morneau, Toronto Blue Jays legendary players John Olerud and Duane Ward and former Montreal Expos broadcaster Jacques Doucet. Please check our website HERE for more details as they become available.

As you are aware your annual membership offers you special privileges at the Induction weekend, plus other great benefits:

1.Early access to autograph session – All members
2.Reserved seating during the induction Ceremony – Elite members
3.Reserved 4th row seating at the induction ceremony & Celebrity Golf Banquet tickets – Home Run members
4.Reserved 4th row seating & recognition at the induction ceremony – Grand Slam members
5.VIP inductee dinner – Home Run and Grand Slam members

Following the excitement of the opening of our newly renovated and expanded museum in 2019, we now look to our goals for 2020. We are embarking on archiving and maintaining our large collection in the Harry Simmons Memorial Library as well as providing an enhanced visitor experience in the current museum space.

The legacy of the many Canadian contributions of the growth and development of baseball 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.  

You can also purchase your membership online HERE. Thank you in advance for your 2020 membership.

Roberto Alomar

HALL OF FAMER ROBERTO ALOMAR

Roberto Alomar, born February 5,1968 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, began his major league career with the San Diego Padres, arriving in the majors in 1988. He became part of one of the biggest trades in baseball history on December 5, 1990 when he and Joe Carter were sent to Toronto in return for 2008-CBHFM-inductee Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff. Alomar, who played 17 years in all, went on to play for Baltimore, Cleveland, the New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Arizona, but his longest stint was in Toronto, where he led the Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series championships in 1992-93.

The slick-fielding second baseman was named to the All-Star Game all five years he played in Toronto, and 12 times in all. He also won five of his 10 Gold Glove awards and one of his four Silver Slugger awards while toiling for the Blue Jays. The 1992 ALCS MVP was named Blue Jays Player of the Year in 1991, ’92 and ’95, and later was named to their “Level of Excellence.”

Read more HERE.