Extra Innings – News from the Baseball Hall Of Fame

The countdown is on to a new season at the Hall of Fame grounds and Museum.  As of May 6th, we’ll be open for visits on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Then from June 1st to August 31st we’ll be open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Finally in September and the first week of October we are open Thursday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the diamonds are already busy with 3 teams from Quebec visiting last weekend.  This weekend the Ontario Expos 14U game will take place, and 6 teams from Toronto will be in town to play ball.

As reported in this paper, the Board of Directors recently approved a renovation plan for the Museum.  In conversation following the announcement, CBHFM Chair Adam Stephens said, “We have received extremely positive feedback from our stakeholders who are delighted to see the Hall moving forward with this important initiative”.  Director of Operations Scott Crawford also has received more than the usual volume of supportive emails from friends of CBHFM.

Our thanks go to Downtown GM for it’s Drive For A Cause fund-raising event on our behalf. We were especially touched that the event was dedicated to CBHFM supporters who are no longer with us: Georgina and Gordon Smith, Carl and Rose McCoomb, Ivor Newton, Ron Plaquet and many others. Head over to Downtown GM in St. Marys and test drive a car, and they will donate $25 to the Hall of Fame.

As April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, we want to salute the volunteers that work so tirelessly to ensure the success of the Induction weekend and other CBHFM activities. You are among our greatest assets and your contributions are appreciated.

If you’ve checked Facebook and Twitter, you’ll know that Scott Crawford was in Cooperstown, NY last weekend with a few CBHFM members to attend a 19th-Century baseball history conference and meet with counterparts at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  His photos are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In MLB news, the Detroit Tigers recalled Burnaby’s Jim Adduci from the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens on April 25 to play outfield, while Victoria-born pitcher Nick Pivetta was called up from the minors by the Philadelphia Phillies to make his major league debut this past Wednesday.

Closer to home, CBHFM Director Mike Wilner will be part of a Pitch Talks ‘behind the scenes stories from sports media’ event in Hamilton on May 4.  Details are online at http://www.homestandsports.com.  Act fast and get the early bird rate of $10.

Inductee birthdays in May:  3 – Bill Slack, 10 – Allan Roth, 12 – Felipe Alou and George Lee, 13 – Jimmy Archer, 15 – Dennis Martinez, 22 – Ron Piche, 23 – Reggie Cleveland, 24 – Rob Ducey, 25 – Tip O’Neill and Jimmy Williams, 26 – Jim McKean.  We’re also remembering our great friend, Inductee Jim Fanning who passed away on April 25, 2015.

Now for something completely different:  After the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, team owners, the Ricketts family distributed 1,908 rings and pins to anyone and everyone in the organization.  Word has it that our friend, CBHFM Inductee Fergie Jenkins got a ring and it’s a knock-out!

Recommended reading:  Rock Solid, My Life in Baseball’s Fast Lane by CBHFM Inductee Tim Raines (thanks to blogger Kevin Glew for mentioning it). The Hall of Fame will be selling that book this summer.

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