Presented by two local baseball historians Andrew North and Brian Marshall in St. Marys, Ontario is the 1st annual Canadian Baseball History Conference, 1 ½ days of presentations, panel discussions and general discussion of any topics related to Canada’s rich baseball history. The location of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, St. Marys is in the heart of the southwestern Ontario region in which baseball has deep roots.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to lend its support to this exciting community initiative.

When: Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th (morning only)
Where: St. Marys Golf & Country Club, 769 Queen St. E., St. Marys ON N4X 1B6

Preliminary Schedule Outline

Saturday, November 12th

8:00 – 9:00      Registration and breakfast
9:00 – 9:15      Welcome and overview
9:15 – 9:45      John Cairney: Chasing pitching perfection:  A history of perfect innings in baseball – Canadian Connections
9:45 – 10:15    Bill Young and John Lutz: Manny McIntyre: A Canadian Baseball Hero
10:15 – 10:30  Break
10:30 – 12:00  Panel discussion: Beachville in 1838: Separating Fact from Fiction
Panelists: Bob Barney, Bill Humber, Chip Martin Moderator: David Langford
12:00 – 1:00    Lunch
1:00 – 1:30      David McDonald: Jack Humphries: Left-Handed Catcher
1:30 – 2:00      Dennis Thiessen: Tip O’Neill: A Year in the Life of the Champion Batsman of 1887
2:00 – 2:45      Michael Murray: A Canadian Baseball History Quiz
2:45 – 3:00      Break
3:00 – 3:30      Danny Gallagher: Scouting in Canada: How More of Our Players Are Getting Recognized
3:30 – 4:00      Brian Marshall: Arthur Irwin: A Complete Career
4:00 onwards  Tour of the Hall of Fame’s Museum and grounds

Sunday, November 13th

8:00 – 9:00      Breakfast and chit-chat
9:00 – 9:15      David Morneau: Museum plans update from the Hall of Fame’s Board
9:15 – 9:45      Bill Humber: So Close! Why Baseball Didn’t Become Canada’s National Game
9:45 – 10:15    Chip Martin: The London Tecumsehs, Canada’s First Major League Champions
10:15 – 10:45  Fred Toulch: The 1912 Imperial Tobacco Baseball Card Set
10:45 – 11:00  Break
11:00 – 11:30  David Matchett: Canadian Participation on the 1884 Indianapolis Hoosiers
11:30 – 12:00  Heidi Jacobs, Miriam Wright and Cal Murgu: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars: Race and Baseball in Southwestern Ontario 1932-39
12:00 – 12:30  Andrew North: The Harry Simmons Collection at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Call for Papers

We invite presentations on any aspect of the history of baseball in Canada. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Please submit a title and abstract (maximum 100 words or so) as soon as you are able, so that we can ensure variety of topics. Submissions can be sent to either Andrew ([email protected]) or Brian ([email protected]).


Registration Fee

The cost of the conference is $50. Please send an E-transfer to [email protected], or a cheque to Andrew at 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys, ON N4X 0A6.

Stone Willow Inn 519-284-4140
Westover Inn 519-284-2977

Thanks, and we hope to see you in November!

Andrew North, St. Marys [email protected]
Brian Marshall, Barrie [email protected]