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Canada’s baseball culture was once supported in part by an ecosystem of domestic sports gear manufacturers, an ecosystem which included the majority of companies explored in this exhibit, as well as many others represented by artifacts in the museum’s collection. 

Through pieces of material history such as these five baseball gloves, we see that Canadian baseball history can not only be charted by stellar teams and riveting gameplay, but by leather, machine oil and commercial endeavour. 

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Making the Catch: 5 Baseball Gloves and Their Canadian Stories

Curated by Reilly Knowles, Curatorial Assistant

All images in this exhibit are the property of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum or are in the public domain.


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