Extra Innings – News from the Baseball Hall Of Fame

We’re now past the mid-point of our season and on track to more events and visitors than ever!  Recent visitor highlights include the family of inductee Reno Bertoia, people from Scotland, and a good many baseball enthusiasts from across the US.  On July 14, Stratford Tourism sent a crew to interview Director of Operations Scott Crawford on Facebook Live.  Check it out via our Facebook page.

Scott will be in Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend, attending special events and speaking at the SABR meeting on Sunday night about the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Canadian baseball.  Back in Toronto, we will have a large museum display at Rogers Centre on July 30 for Canada Baseball Day.

CBHFM Director David Morneau is also on his way to Cooperstown for the induction of Tim Raines, together with busloads of fans from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. The buses have been organized by Expos Nation, a very active group of Montreal Expos supporters past and present.  They would like nothing better than to see major league baseball return to Montreal, as we would!  From a simple beginning via a Facebook page, Expos Nation has grown to a thriving non-profit group of 169,000 supporters.  Its website is chock full of news and interactive, even offering merchandise.  Find it at exposnation.ca .

Inductee birthdays in August: 1 – George Sleeman, 4 – Doc Younker, 8 – Doug Melvin, 11 – Ron Roncetti, 12 – Bob Prentice, 22- Pat Gillick,  25 – Dave Van Horne, 28 – Goody Rosen, 31 – John Ducey.

Bob Prentice was one of our earliest inductees (1986) in the Builder category.  A former professional baseball player and a scout for the Detroit Tigers, Bob was key to the very existence of the CBHFM, supporting his brother Bruce’s vision of a Canadian baseball hall of fame when others actively discouraged him.  Following his retirement as a player, Bob was the Jays’ director of Canadian scouting from 1976 to 1990.

Finally, an announcement of the second annual Canadian Baseball History Symposium went out recently.  It will take place on November 18 and 19, and once again it’s being held at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club. Cost is $60 for both days.  For more information and/or to register, contact Andrew North at mavrix@rogers.com.

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