Born in 1842 in Port Hope, Ont., Addy was Canada’s first major leaguer and first star player. After developing his baseball skills north of the border, he moved to Illinois at roughly the age of 20 and later joined the Forest City Club of Rockford in 1866. One of the best teams of the era, it featured stars like Al Spalding, Cap Anson and Ross Barnes. Addy then followed Spalding and Barnes when they moved to the Chicago club in the new National League in 1876. The talented Canadian was known on the field for his wit and the bravado of his playing style and some claim he was the first to slide into a base. In all, Addy suited up for 274 professional games between 1871 and 1877. He passed away on April 9, 1910 in Pocatello, Idaho.