Extra Innings – News from the Ball Hall

Happy New Year to our readers.

We’re pleased to welcome Brett Bellamy of the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies Program to St. Marys for a 4-month co-op placement. Between now and the end of April, Brett will work on archiving, researching and cataloguing our collection of documents and artifacts.

Meanwhile, the members of our Selection Committee have received their binder of nominations for 2017 Inductees.

While this goes on, we’re watching the voting for Cooperstown with interest. Baseball blogger Kevin Glew recently noted that CBHFM Inductee Tim Raines, fellow Expos legend Vladimir Guerrero and Maple Ridge, BC’s Larry Walker are in the running, with things looking good for Raines.  A candidate needs to be named on 75 per cent of ballots to be inducted and that 435 total writers’ ballots will be cast.  Stay tuned!

Inductee Bob Elliott’s online Canadian Baseball Network has released its annual list of the most influential Canadians in baseball.  Number 1 is our 2016 Tip O’Neill Award winner Joey Votto. Number 2, Russell Martin, surpassed Tip O’Neill’s record for the most career singles by a Canadian player when he hit his 36th off Ryan Merritt in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.  Number 3 is another CBHFM Inductee, the current head of Baseball Canada, Greg Hamilton.  In all, 14 of our Inductees made the list.

CBHFM’s Scott Crawford won a spot on the top 100 for all he does, while CBHFM Chair Adam Stephens and Jack Graney Committee Chair Kevin Glew received Honourable Mentions. For the complete list, go to canadianbaseballnetwork.com.  It’s really worth a look as it reflects the depth and breadth of the baseball activity in this country.

Winter being a good time to curl up with a book, we pass along MLB Official Historian John Thorn’s essential reading list for the serious baseball fan:

Baseball, Robert Smith, 1947.

Baseball: The Early Years, Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills, 1960.

Baseball Before We Knew It, David Block, 2005.

The Glory of Their Times, Lawrence S. Ritter, 1966.

Baseball’s Great Experiment, Jules Tygiel, 1983.

The last book by Jules Tygiel has a Canada connection, as it’s about Jackie Robinson, and includes his important stint with the Montreal Royals in 1946.

Jackie’s birthday is coming up on January 31.  Other Inductee birthdays in January are:  4 – Peter Hardy and George Selkirk, 8 – Reno Bertoia, 10 – Ted Bowsfield, 27 – Bob Emslie, 28 – Gladwyn Scott and 31 – Nat Bailey.

We have two afternoon fundraisers at Bingo Country Stratford this month, the first on Sunday, January 8 and the second on Saturday, January 28.

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