Jim Fanning Montreal Expos game-used jersey. 1984.
This is a 1984 Jim Fanning Montreal Expos game-used and autographed jersey. Fanning managed the Montreal Expos from 1981-1982, and again in 1984. This jersey is from the last year that Fanning managed the Montreal Expos. After managing, Fanning worked in the Expos front office. Fanning was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2000 and received his Canadian citizenship in 2012.
Chatham Coloured All-Stars jersey, autographed by Roy Halladay. 2002.
This jersey commemorates the Chatham Coloured All-Stars team, which played in the 1930s and won the OBA Championship in 1934. On Sunday July 15, 2001 in a special tribute to the Negro leagues and their contribution to baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays wore Chatham All-Stars replica jerseys in a game at Shea Stadium against the New York Mets, who wore the jerseys of the New York Cubans. In 2002, the Blue Jays paid tribute to the All-Stars by wearing their replica jerseys in a home game in July against Boston. Descendants of some of the All-Stars were featured at the game, with the last two surviving members, Sagasta Harding and Don Tabron, throwing the opening pitch, along with Earl “Flat” Chase’s son, Horace.
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.
As a teen, Jimmy Williams was a multi-sport star at Toronto’s De La Salle College School, excelling in hockey, football, lacrosse and baseball. He was soon signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and would play in their minor league system for 18 seasons (1947 to 1964).
“Tip” O’Neill honed his baseball skills in the ballroom of his parents’ hotel in Woodstock during his youth. After starring locally, nationally and internationally with barnstorming teams, the gifted youngster was signed by the American Association’s New York Metropolitans.
Sometimes dubbed Canada’s Babe Ruth, the talented Canadian made his major league debut as a pitcher on May 5, 1883. A formidable moundsman (his career ERA was 3.39), O’Neill was hampered by arm problems early in his career. Fortunately, his bat was potent enough to convince the St. Louis Browns to employ him in their outfield.
Born in Toronto in 1965, Ducey was raised in Cambridge, Ont. The left-handed hitting outfielder was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays in 1984. After being named MVP of the Rookie Ball Medicine Hat Blue Jays that year, he rose through the organization’s ranks to make his big league debut on May 1, 1987. His first major league homer came on September 14, 1987 in a contest in which the Jays clubbed a big league record 10 round-trippers to defeat the Orioles 18-3.
At age 14, Reggie Cleveland, already six feet tall, was pitching against players several years older than him. The fast-growing right-hander was discovered in Swift Current by carnival operator, Sam Shapiro, who encouraged his friend, Cardinals manager, Red Schoendienst, to sign him. In 1965, Cleveland inked a deal with the Cards that included a $500 signing bonus.
Carlos Delgado signed SAM BAT. Carlos was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2015 after his 17 year major league baseball playing career including 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The original maple bat was introduced to professional play in 1997 by Sam Holman. SAM BAT is proud to have been the bat of choice for:
Barry Bonds 73 home run season
Barry Bonds 762 career home runs
Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown season
Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 Home Runs in the 2016 HR Derby
It was Quebec baseball legend Roland Gladu who signed hard-throwing right-hander Ron Piche to a contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. After minor league stops in Lawton, Eau Claire, Evansville, Jacksonville and Louisville, Piche made his big league debut on May 30, 1960.
The young French Canadian would excel in a relief role with the Braves in his rookie campaign. Suiting up alongside Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Eddie Mathews, Piche finished 27 games and notched nine saves (9th in National League) that season. He continued to be an effective option out of the Braves pen for the next three seasons. His finest season was in 1963, when he pitched in 37 games and recorded a career-best 3.40 ERA.
Born in New Westminster, B.C., in 1981, Justin Morneau honed his skills with the North Delta Blue Jays of the B.C. Premier Baseball League and the Canadian Junior National Team before being selected by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the 1999 MLB draft.
The left-handed hitting Canuck began his minor league career as a catcher but was converted into a first baseman in 2000 in Rookie ball. Over parts of five minor league campaigns, he developed into a top prospect, earning invitations to two MLB Futures Games (2002, 2004) before he was called up to make his major league debut with the Twins on June 10, 2003.