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.

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.

2021 Father’s Day Pool Results

Posted 23 June, 2021

NEWS:

2021 Father’s Day Baseball Pool results. Congratulations to all the winners! We thank everyone who participated for their continued support of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.

A Baseball Story With Great Meaning

Posted 9 July, 2020

Written by: unknown

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?” The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. “I believe, that when a child, like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.”

He then told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked pas a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, “Do you think they’ll let me play?”

Shay’s father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance and a few boys nodded approval, why not? So he took matters into his own hands and said, “We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.” Shay struggles over to the team’s bench put on a team shirt with a broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father’s joy at his son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible ’cause Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing the other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stand and both teams started yelling, “Shay, run to first! Run to first!” Never in his life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second!” Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to second base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions and he too intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, “Shay, Shay, Shay, all the way Shay” Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, “Run to third! Shay, run to third” As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, “Shay, run home!” Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate and was cheered as the hero who hit the “grand slam” and won the game for his team. That day, “said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world.”

Shay didn’t make it to another summer and died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted 10 February, 2020

The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to announce the inductees for 2020. With the 2020 induction banquet cancellation, they will be inducted in 2021. The inductees include outstanding players, builders, and teams who have left their legacy both on and off the baseball field.

INDIVIDUALS

  • Ron Arnst -Winnipeg
  • Les Charles -Souris/Didsbury AB
  • Blaine Fortin -Lundar
  • Andrew Halpenny- Winnipeg
  • John Kroeker -Stonewall
  • Morris Mott -Brandon
  • Kalam Paull -LaSalle

Minor TEAMS

  • Cardale Bantams/Midget/Bisons 1971-5
  • Carman Goldeyes Midgets 1994/Juniors 1997-2000
  • Elmwood Giants Juniors 2002-07
  • SPECIAL TEAM CATEGORY
  • Portage Athletics Midgets 1991 National Champs
  • HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER
  • Jack Callum

Young Canada Works

Posted 25 July, 2019

We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada (http://www.canada.ca) through the Young Canada Works program. This program allows the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to employ a summer student that aids the museum in organizing the annual Induction Banquet, changing display cases, cataloging donated items and much more!