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Please consider supporting this worthwhile organization.
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— Foundation Donations —
Go to our permanent endowment fund which provides sustainable revenue into perpetuity for MBHOF. The fund is administered by the Winnipeg Foundation in partnership with the Morden and Area Foundation. Every dollar gifted to this fund will be stretched on a pro-rated basis by the Manitoba Heritage Trust Endowment Fund.
— Patron Donations —
Go to our Annual Patron Donor Fund. It is a fund used for the annual operation of the MBHOF. The annual operating costs include general maintenance, upgrades, and expansion of programs and facilities. Patron Level is achieved by individuals who donate at least $50 and corporations or organizations that donate at least $100.
He puts on a helmet, picks up the bat,
and walks to the plate, “gotta hit and that’s that.”
The crowd starts to yell, the game’s on the line
last inning, two outs, the score’s nine to nine.
Dad yells, “Go get it,” Mom wrings her hands,
coach hollers, “hit it”, but alone there he stands.
Heros are made is seconds such as this,
but he’s just a little boy. what if he should miss?
Years after this game’s ended and he’s little no more,
will he remember the outcome or even the score?
No he’ll have forgotten if he was out, hit, or a run,
he’ll only look back at on his friends and the fun.
So cheer this boy on, alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness this stand at the plate.
Spend your time wisely and help in his quest
to be a hitter with confidence and always his best.
And when the game’s over, this boy can stand tall,
for you’ve helped him prepare to give it his all!
This afternoon we pulled the winners of the 2022 Fathers Day raffle. The winners are as follows: Dolores Johnson (0032), Al Robertson (Jeff) (0009), Rod Fallis (0012), Troy Ehnes (0047), Danny Giesbrecht Jr. (0058), Andrea Coukell (0059), Pat Temmerman (0014), and Jim McBride (0022). Congratulations to all the winners!
With the easing up of restrictions on Saturday, August 7th, we look forward to welcoming more of our visitors back to the museum. We want to do this safely for everyone. Please note the following measures will be in effect at the museum:
Masks Recommended While not mandatory, we recommend that everyone wears a mask when visiting the museum. However, masks will not be mandatory to visit the museum.
Visiting the Museum: The museum will be open to 50% capacity, regardless of vaccination status. We will be inquiring about vaccination status in order to determine if unvaccinated individuals are required to self-isolate as per the Manitoba Public Health Orders.Contact tracing information will continue to be collected. At all times, hand sanitizer will be available and physical distancing will be monitored. Please do not visit the museum if you are sick or are required to complete a 14-day self-isolation (in the case of unvaccinated individuals).
The safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is very important to us. If you have questions, please contact the Museum by phone (204-822-4636) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The All American Girls Professional Baseball League was a league that operated in cities located on or near Lake Michigan. It began in 1943. The main promoter was Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, who was worried about the viability of (men’s) pro baseball during World War Two, and decided to establish an alternate attraction. The league lasted until 1954. Over the years the rules, equipment, and style of play in the league changed from softball to baseball (for example, the size of the ball at the beginning was 12″ in circumference, but at the end it was 9 ¼”). Twelve girls from Manitoba played in the league. All of them were inducted into the Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1988. They were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame at St. Mary’s, Ontario on June 4, 1998.
Twelve girls from Manitoba played in the league which included Dodie Barr, Eleanor (Knudson) Callow, Audrey (Haine) Daniers, Ruth (Middleton) Gentry, Dorothy Hunter, Dottie (Ferguson) Key, Mary (Shastal) Kustra, Olive (Bend) Little, Evelyn (Wawryshyn) Moroz, Joan Schatz, Yolande (Teillet) Schick, and Doris (Shero) Witiuk.
Happy birthday to our fellow inductee of 2002, Mike Labossiere! On behalf of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum we want to wish you a happy birthday!
Unable to afford the cost of new uniforms, the Smitty’s Cubs turned to an alternative way of creating uniforms. The Cubs would use flour sacks to create their uniforms. This jersey is one of our favourite artifacts here at the museum and was worn by George Smith.
Inducted in 2020, Fortin has a very impressive resume in baseball. Fortin represented Team Manitoba in 1993 and 1994. He also would go on to play for Team Canada at the Worlds in 1994 which was held in Brandon, Manitoba. In 94, Fortin was awarded as the MBA youth player of the year and the Canadian player of the year. A truly incredible accomplishment that would be followed up with being awarded the 1995 Manitoba youth athlete of the year. The big leagues took notice of Fortin’s play and in 1995, Blaine was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 6th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Blaine would go on to play in the minor leagues for the next three seasons, suiting up for Dunedin, St.Catherine’s, and Medicine Hat. Blaine went on to finish his baseball playing career with the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Baldur Regals.
Happy birthday to our fellow inductee of 2013, Walter Hilhorst! On behalf of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum we want to wish you a happy birthday!