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.”

DONATIONS

Posted 12 July, 2021

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

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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.

2021 Golf Tournament

Posted 30 June, 2021

The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame will be holding their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on August 27, 2021. This event is an opportunity for baseball fans and supporters to come together and have a fun event and raise money to support the operation of the Hall of Fame and museum.

To assist in running a successful tournament, we ask that your organization considers becoming a sponsor of this event. Sponsorship can take the form of a prize donation, auction item, hole in one sponsor, or monetary donation towards the event. All donors will be recognized at the golf event along with recognition on our museum website as a golf tournament donor.

If you are interested in participating in the event as a golfer, we encourage you to enter a corporate team or enter as an individual, the cost is $85 per person and entries can be phoned into Landon Cameron at the Neepawa Golf & Country Club- 204-476-5711.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting our tournament fundraiser in 2021!

Honourary Life Member

Posted 30 June, 2021

NEW: Honourary Life Member

Jack Callum 1936 – 2021

In 2020 Jack Callum became the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame’s very first Honourary Life Member. For decades Callum served on the Hall of Fame’s board of directors and from 2003-2011 served as the museum’s chairman. Callum was also a major contributor in the expansion project in 2008-2010 which brought the Hall of Fame museum to Morden. Jack worked tirelessly to ensure that the history of baseball in Manitoba would be on display for everyone to see.