People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby
We all wait for spring, but the CBHFM baseball beat is never quiet, even on winter days. Director of Operations Scott Crawford continues to host off-season tours at the Museum, while the Selection Committee deliberates on the list of luminaries nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2017 and CBHFM’s Museum Committee gets together on Monday the 23rd. The Hall has also been busy searching for relatives of Inductees that have passed away. To date we have found family members for: Phil Marchildon, Tip O’Neill, George Gibson, Reno Bertoia, Ron Piche, Jimmy Williams, Tom Burgess, J.J. Lannin, Charles ‘Pop’ Smith, Billy Harris and Calvin Griffith
On January 14, Baseball Canada’s 15th annual National Team Awards Banquet and Fundraiser took place in Toronto. Scott and Board Members John Starzynski and David Morneau attended and had a great time mingling with the likes of Russell Martin, Jason Bay, Roberto Alomar, Devon White, Ernie Whitt and other baseball stars. They also scored a collectible toque!
On January 19, Scott was interviewed by Brett Cardy on the #1 sports podcast in SW Ontario, The Cardy Show. It operates out of London and may be accessed through iTunes or at www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thecardyshow . Brett’s also on Twitter (@BrettCardyShow).
For the uninitiated, Baseball Canada is the national governing body for baseball in Canada and is made up of 10 provincial associations representing players, coaches and umpires nationwide. Recently, it announced that Ernie Whitt would return as Manager of the Canadian team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, assisted by Larry Walker, Denis Boucher, Paul Quantrill, Tim Leiper and Greg Hamilton. Canada will compete in Pool C in the first round in Miami, along with Colombia, defending champion Dominican Republic and the United States, kicking off pool play against the DR on March 9.
Congratulations to CBHFM Inductee Tim Raines for his induction into Cooperstown in his last year of eligibility. This week in 2003, Cooperstown announced that Raines’s teammate and fellow CBHFM Inductee Gary Carter would become the first player to wear an Expos hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. Tim joins Fergie Jenkins, Jackie Robinson, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda, Roberto Alomar, Pat Gillick as members of both Halls of Fame.
Congratulations also to Cambridge Ontario’s Scott Thorman, who was recently named Manager of the Kansas City Royals’ Class A Lexington Legends.