Justin Jay Clarke

HALL OF FAMER JUSTIN JAY CLARKE

A product of Assumption College in Windsor, Ontario, Justin Jay Clarke spent more than 20 years in professional baseball. But it’s his remarkable performance on June 15, 1902 that the Canadian catcher is best known for. In one of the greatest exhibitions in pro sports history, Clarke belted eight home runs for Corsicana Oil City in a Texas League (Class D) game, leading his team to a 51-3 route of Texarkana. His eight home runs in that contest are still a professional record.

Clarke would graduate to the big leagues in 1905, suiting up for the Cleveland Naps and Detroit Tigers. Back in Cleveland in 1906, he would hit a career-high .358 in 57 games, earning himself starting catching duties the following campaign when he would play a career-high 120 games. After three more seasons in Cleveland, he finished his big league career with one-year stints with the St. Louis Browns (1911), Philadelphia Phillies (1919) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1920).

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Fergie Jenkins

HALL OF FAMER FERGIE JENKINS

Fergie Jenkins grew up in Chatham, Ontario, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and hockey. After graduating from high school in the early ’60s, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs in 1966 that he was converted into a starting pitcher.

In his first season as a full-time starter, Jenkins recorded 20 wins and was selected to play in the 1967 all-star game. The durable hurler followed that up by leading the National League with 40 starts and a 20-15 record in 1968. Those two seasons were part of a remarkable string of six consecutive 20-win seasons (1967 to 1972) for the Canuck superstar. His 1971 campaign ranks as his most impressive. That season, he led the National League with 24 wins, 30 complete games and 325 innings pitched and became the first Cub to win the Cy Young Award.

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Ron Taylor

HALL OF FAMER RON TAYLOR

In 1955, Toronto-area scout, Chester Dies, convinced Ron Taylor to try out for the Cleveland Indians. By that time, the teenage hurler from the Toronto’s Leaside Baseball Association had been dominating players several years older than him. Taylor impressed at the tryout and the Indians inked him to a deal that included a $4,000 signing bonus.

After several years in the minors, Taylor made one of the most remarkable pitching debuts in major league history, hurling 11 scoreless innings against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 11, 1962. Later that year, the young moundsman was dealt to St. Louis, where he would assume a key bullpen role on the Cards’ 1964 World Series-winning squad. With the Cards trailing 2-1 in that Fall Classic series, Taylor held a Yankee lineup that boasted Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Elston Howard hitless for four innings in relief in Game 4 to preserve a one-run victory.

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Richard Belec

HALL OF FAMER RICHARD BELEC

Richard Bélec was one of the leading organizers of amateur baseball in Quebec for more than 50 years. After helping to establish Baseball Quebec, he served as the organization’s president for two terms (1970 to 1972, 1980 to 1994) and as president of the Quebec Junior Elite League for 16 years.

The diamond pioneer also helped create L’Académie Baseball Canada (ABC), a groundbreaking program that gives players the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education in Canada, while playing competitive baseball. Eric Gagne is one of the program’s graduates. While with Baseball Quebec, Bélec also acted as a liaison with the Montreal Expos. Read more HERE.

Doug Hudlin

HALL OF FAMER DOUG HUDLIN

Born in 1922 in Victoria, B.C., Hudlin served as an umpire in his home province for more than 40 years. Though he was a skilled baseball player as a teenager, Hudlin didn’t begin umpiring until after he hurt his back playing soccer in 1951. Two years later, he started umpiring Little League Baseball and in 1956, he began working senior men’s contests. Known for his good humor and sense of fairness, Hudlin evolved into one of his province’s most respected umpires and he was elected president of the Victoria District Umpires Association in 1963 and served in that post until he founded and became the first president of the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association in 1974, a position he retained for five years. Read more HERE.

Founder of the Hall of Fame Bruce Prentice passes away

Founder of the Hall of Fame Bruce Prentice passes away

Current Chair Jeremy Diamond, Bruce Prentice, past Chair Adam Stephens

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Bruce Prentice, the Founder and first president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a position he held for a decade. Bruce guided the Hall through its early years when we called Exhibition Place and then Ontario Place our home and under his leadership, our first induction ceremony was held in 1983 when John Ducey, James “Tip” O’Neill, Phil Marchildon, George Selkirk, Lester B. Pearson, Frank Shaughnessy were honoured.

Board of Directors Bruce Prentice, Doug Kelcher, Randy Echlin, Ben Waghorn

We will never forget Bruce’s enthusiasm, creativity and strong governance that helped make the CBHFM what it is today. We are thinking of his wife Audrey, and their children are Brad, Laura, Graham and David during this time and offer our condolences.

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HALL OF FAMER MURRAY COOK

Born in Sackville, N.B. in 1940, Murray Cook has spent more than half a century in professional baseball. After graduating from Ohio University with a master’s degree in history in 1962, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played shortstop and third base in the lower levels of their system for parts of four years, before hanging up his spikes to become the general manager of their Class-A affiliate in Gastonia in 1966.

Cook impressed in his new role and the Pirates promoted him to their big league front office in 1967. He was named the team’s assistant farm director the following year and soon rose through the ranks to become the club’s assistant director of minor league operations in 1972 and director of scouting in 1977.

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Bobby Mattick

HALL OF FAMER BOBBY MATTICK

Bobby Mattick served as a player, manager, scout and administrator in his eight decades in professional baseball. Blessed with good baseball genes – his father, Wally, was also a big leaguer – Mattick inked his first pro contract with the Chicago Cubs in 1933. After making his major league debut in 1938, the right-handed hitting shortstop suited up for a career-high 128 games in 1940, before being dealt to Cincinnati, where he would toil for his final two seasons.

The Sioux City, Iowa native managed in the Southern League in 1944 and 1945, before cementing a reputation as one of baseball’s top scouts and player development executives. Employed by nine different organizations – including the Montreal Expos – over the next 30 years, Mattick recruited and signed an impressive list of talent, including Frank Robinson, Curt Flood, Vada Pinson, Rusty Staub, Gary Carter and Dave Stieb.

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Billy Harris

HALL OF FAMER BILLY HARRIS

Right-hander Billy Harris caught the eye of big league scouts when he led the Dieppe Junior Cardinals to a Maritime championship in 1949 and the Moncton Legionnaires to a senior title the following year. Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951, the Canuck hurler notched 18 wins and recorded a 2.19 ERA for the Class D Valdosta Dodgers in his inaugural professional campaign. He would top that the next season, when he won 25 games, tossed 12 shutouts and registered a miniscule 0.83 ERA for the Class B Miami Sun Sox. His success continued in 1953 when he authored a perfect game for the Double-A Mobile Bears.

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