DONATIONS – Online

Posted 21 September, 2021

Donations can be made in support of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.
Please consider supporting  this worthwhile organization.

Tax receipts will be issued for your donation.
Please retain your printed receipt for income tax purposes.

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Important Notice

Posted 6 August, 2021

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 mbbbhof@mymts.net. Thank you.

INDUCTEE SPOTLIGHT: MB All American Girls

Posted 3 August, 2021

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.

Artifact of The Day:

Posted 28 July, 2021

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.

Inductee Spotlight: Blaine Fortin

Posted 20 July, 2021

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.

Artifact of the Day:

Posted 14 July, 2021

ARTIFACT OF THE DAY: In 1893, this baseball was used in an exhibition game between Morden and Winnipeg. It was known as the hospital game that took place at the laying of Cornerstone of the Freemason’s.

Inductee Spotlight

Posted 14 July, 2021

Russ Ford was a great right handed pitcher who had a 99-71 record with a 2.59 E.R.A. over seven major league seasons (he started 170 games and completed 126). Ford left Brandon at age of nine and played minor pro for several years starting in 1905 with the Atlanta Crackers. Ford discovered the emery pitch in 1907 and in 1910 his record with the New York highlanders (Yankees) was 26-6. Ford struck out 20 and walked 70 with a 1.65 ERA. In 1911 Ford went 22-11 and 26 complete games with a sixth place team, and in 1913 he went 12-18 with a seventh place club. Ford refused a pay cut with New York and went to Buffalo in the Federal League (1914) where his record was 21-6 with a 1.82 ERA. Canadian baseball historian, William Humber in his book, Diamonds of the North, calls Ford “Manitoba`s greatest baseball star.”

2020 INDUCTEES

Posted 5 July, 2021

In 2020 the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame inducted seven individuals, along with 4 team inductions. The museum also introducted the first ever Honourary life member.

Honourary Life Member: Jack Callum.

Individuals: Ron Arnst, Les Charles, Blaine Fortin, Andrew Halpenny, John Kroeker, Morris Mott, Kalam Paull.

Teams: Cardale Bantams/Midgets, Carman Goldeyes Midget, Elmwood Giants Jrs, Portage Athletics.