Family of Marty Healy donates his collection to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
St. Marys, Ont. – On what would’ve been Marty Healy’s 44th birthday, his family made the trek to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Marys, Ont., to donate his vast collection of jerseys worn by Canadian major leaguers.
Marty, who co-authored a book about George Gibson and had an encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian big leaguers, passed away on September 11, 2020 after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
A strong supporter of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Marty was also an enthusiastic participant at the annual Canadian Baseball History Conference and a diehard Toronto Blue Jays fan whose passion for Canadian major leaguers inspired him to assemble a collection of 93 game-worn jerseys that date back to 1964.
More importantly, Marty was a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend who is missed dearly. Marty’s mother, Millie; his father, Martin; his sister, Wendy, and brothers Paul and Ricky travelled to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on November 8 to donate Marty’s collection.
“Marty’s passion for Canadian baseball made it easy for us to honour his wish to have his collection donated to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Marty’s mom, Millie, on behalf of the family.
Scott Crawford, the Hall’s director of operations, met Marty several times. He was grateful for the donation, which will greatly enhance the museum’s collection, but he accepted it with a heavy heart.
“It’s a tremendous collection, but many of us associated with the Hall were fortunate to get to know Marty. He was a wonderful guy with a deep passion for Canadian baseball. We miss him very much,” said Crawford. “But I think he’d be happy to know that his collection is here and we would like to thank his family for entrusting us with it so that we can share it with future generations of baseball fans.”
Marty’s collection includes vintage jerseys worn by (player, year worn, team):
- Ken MacKenzie (Gore Bay, Ont.), 1964 San Francisco Giants
- Dick Lines (Montreal, Que.), 1967 Washington Senators
- Claude Raymond (St. Jean, Que.), 1969 Atlanta Braves
- Pete Ward (Montreal, Que.), 1970 New York Yankees
- Dave Pagan (Nipawin, Sask.), 1975 New York Yankees
- Reggie Cleveland (Swift Current, Sask.), 1977 Boston Red Sox
- Terry Puhl (Melville, Sask.), 1986 Houston Astros
Modern jerseys worn by (player, year worn, team):
- Russell Martin (East York, Ont.), 2011 New York Yankees (ALDS)
- James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.), 2016 Seattle Mariners
- Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.), 2017 Philadelphia Phillies
- John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.), 2018 Toronto Blue Jays (Canada Day)
- Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.), 2018 Atlanta Braves (from his home debut)
- Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, B.C.), 2018 San Diego Padres
- Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.), 2019 Houston Astros
- Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.), 2019 San Diego Padres
- Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), 2019 San Diego Padres
- Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.), 2019 Toronto Blue Jays
Marty’s collection also includes PSA-graded rookie cards of Canadian big leaguers dating back to the early 1900s, vintage George Gibson (London, Ont.) and George Selkirk (Huntsville, Ont.) model gloves and a rare Triple-A Winnipeg Whips hat worn by pitcher Bob Reynolds in the early 1970s.