Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013

This has got be one of the greatest speeches given about being Canadian. Love it!

The Blue Jays Dugout

If you are a baseball fan living in Ontario and haven’t been to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, do yourself a favour and check it out. The quiet little town of St Marys, situated an hour west of Kitchener is a picturesque place with quaint shops, century old homes, and large maple and cherry trees.

Early Saturday morning of the induction weekend, I had the opportunity to interview all of the inductees (Click Here To Listen To The Podcast), including Shirley Cheek, widow to the late Tom Cheek, who was also inducted.

Sitting down and chatting with Tim Raines, he shared his opinion on what makes a good leadoff man, and how the game has changed today.

Shirley Cheek shared with me that Tom had dreamed of being a broadcaster from the age of seven. He used to take a recorder to games and practice calling play-by-play…

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  1. Minoring In Baseball · July 2, 2013

    I wanted to check out the Canadian HOF last year when we were travelling through to upstate New York and back, but the timing just didn’t work out. If the London Rippers would’ve been playing at home, we would have stayed in Canada a night. Maybe if we make the trek to Ottawa, or something, one day?


    • The Cub Den · July 2, 2013

      Yup, I’ve never been there. Hey, that London Rippers thing was weird. They folded but the name was a little off. I hope they can bring another team there soon.


      • Minoring In Baseball · July 3, 2013

        Yeah, London claimed the name came from players ‘ripping’ the ball, not the killer, but the logo looked different. They made a good addition to the league, and I was disappointed they folded.


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