Extra Innings – News from the Baseball Hall Of Fame

We’re up and running, but recent wet weather scuttled a number of games on the ball diamonds.  At the Museum, our first visitor of the season was longtime San Diego Padres’ scout, member of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Network’s 2013 Scout of the Year, Murray Zuk.

We said goodbye to our co-op student Brett at the end of April, but have every expectation of seeing him at Induction Day. In four short months here, Brett accomplished a great deal and the collection is better for his efforts. Brett was able to photograph, measure, accession and organize a few hundred artifacts.  This work was the basis for a display board at his program’s graduate showcase.   

In the past week, a group of seniors from Westhill Retirement Residence visited the Museum. During their stay in St. Marys they enjoyed lunch and a scenic tour around the town. Welcome to our staff for the summer: Wayne Murray, Jensen Dundas, Jordan Scorgie, Zach Vaters, John Rietmeyer and Doug Goudy.

On the main street, our Induction Weekend banner is up and there’s a display of merchandise in the office window.  Drive For A Cause at GM St Marys continues, with an added incentive. Test drives on any Saturday in May qualify you for a free 2017 Museum pass.  Just come up to the Museum (386 Church St. S.) during your test drive to get the pass.

As noted last time, our Director of Operations recently attended a 19th-Century baseball history conference in Cooperstown.  Aside from the conference and business meetings, Scott says that his favourite part of the trip was the presentation about the “The Birth of the Business of Professional Baseball”, meeting MLB history John Thorn and, of course, touring the exhibits.

CBHFM member Chip Martin presented a paper at the conference on Pud Galvin, who is the subject of his latest book, Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, available for purchase at our office and in the Museum gift shop.  He subsequently received some interesting coverage in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, mainly for his contention that Pud Galvin was the original performance-enhancing drug (PED) user.  The article, written by Brian O’Neill, may be read online at http://www.post-gazette.com (a search for galvin will get it).

2016 inductee Dennis Martinez happens to have his birthday this week, on the 15th to be exact.  A popular choice last year, Dennis recorded 100 wins (second-most in franchise history) in parts of eight seasons with the Montreal Expos from 1986 to 1993.  He ranks second all-time amongst Expos pitchers in games started (233) and innings pitched (1,609) and third in strikeouts (973), complete games (41) and shutouts (13).   Nicknamed “El Presidente,” Martinez was the first Nicaraguan to play in the major leagues. When he tossed a perfect game on July 28, 1991 – the only one in Expos history – the club’s play-by-play man and 2014 inductee Dave Van Horne famously quipped “El Presidente, El Perfecto”.

In current events, London, Ontario’s Jamie Romak, who plays first base for the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Padres’ organization, was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for April.  He leads the PCL in home runs (11), runs (23) and total bases (76). After his great start to the season the Padres have sold his contract to SK Wyverns a team in the Korean Baseball Organization. Burnaby B.C. native Jim Adduci has hit .317 in 12 games for the Tigers since his call up on April 23, while Victoria, B.C. native Nick Pivetta started for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 30, the 260th Canadian player to make it to the big leagues.  Nick pitched 5 innings, struck out 5 and gave up only 2 earned runs.

Tickets are still available for our new, exclusive event, The Opening Pitch, which will take place in Toronto on Thursday, June 22, as well as for the 21st Annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Banquet at the St Marys Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 23. For details and tickets, contact the office at 519-284-1838 or email baseball@baseballhalloffame.ca .

Going to Thunder Bay? The WBSC Under 18 World Cup takes place there between September 1st and 10th of this year and the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA) is on the hunt for volunteers to staff the event.  Contact them at 1-807-475-6519 or at info@thunderbay2017.com.

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