Canadian ball hall to present Tip O’Neill award to Votto on Friday

Courtesy of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys – The 2012 James “Tip” O’Neill Award will be presented to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) on Friday, April 19 during a pre-game ceremony at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The Tip O’Neill Award is presented annually by the Canadian BaseballContinue reading “Canadian ball hall to present Tip O’Neill award to Votto on Friday”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to be present at premiere of new Jackie Robinson movie

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca)  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be on the red carpet in Toronto as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, and the Brian Helgeland film, “42.” Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama “42”Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to be present at premiere of new Jackie Robinson movie”

The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance

It’s the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthy was that the spirited slugger’s powerContinue reading “The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance”

Whitt recalls playing with 2013 Canadian ball hall inductees Bell and Ducey

Ernie Whitt is hoping to be in St. Marys, Ont., on June 29 to watch two of his former teammates be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. A two-time inductee himself – for his individual accomplishments (2009) and for his role as manager of the senior national team that captured gold at theContinue reading “Whitt recalls playing with 2013 Canadian ball hall inductees Bell and Ducey”

Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer

The next time you see J.P. Arencibia attempt to throw a runner out from the squat position, think of early 20th century Canadian Jimmy Archer. The five-foot-10, 168-pound catcher was reportedly the first to throw a runner out from the squat position. “The best throwing catcher of them all was Jimmy Archer,” Chief Meyers, oneContinue reading “Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer”

Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985

He won an American League MVP award, was selected to three all-star teams and belted a game-winning homer in the Toronto Blue Jays’ final game at Exhibition Stadium on May 28, 1989. But George Bell says the highlight of his career was catching the fly ball that Ron Hassey lifted to shallow left field onContinue reading “Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985”

Ducey to share St. Marys stage with Bell

When Rob Ducey belted his first big league home run on September 14, 1987 at Exhibition Stadium, George Bell socked two home runs in the same game. And over the next three seasons, Ducey, who was born in Toronto, was forced to battle for playing time in the Blue Jays outfield behind the all-star DominicanContinue reading “Ducey to share St. Marys stage with Bell”

Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013

Rob Ducey, Tom Cheek and Nat Bailey will also be honoured in a ceremony to take place at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 29 on the museum’s ceremonial grounds in St. Marys Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – While George Bell was belting 47 home runs en route to the American League MVPContinue reading “Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013”