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Harry Simmons son, David Simmons of Toronto, has donated his Fathers extensive baseball memorabilia collection to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in St.Marys.
Over his years in baseball, Harry Simmons collected many baseball items as well as doing early baseball research. He also had the opportunity to collect many baseball related items and numerous publications, that were valuable to his research. According to his son, David, -Dad never threw anything away !-
This is evident in reviewing the collection. Not only are there extensive publications, including Baseball Magazine, Reach Guides, Spalding Guides, Media Guides but many notes and papers from his days in the Commissioners office and original correspondence from his series, -So You Think You Know Baseball !-
Some of this collection will be on display at the CBHF Museum on May 1st, when the Museum opens this spring.
Eventually much of this unusual material will be available for viewing by the public when the CBHF&M opens proper library and research facilities in the near future.
1. At one time , players were allowed to leave their glove on the playing field while they came in to bat. What year was this rule changed?
2. What year was AstroTurf first used in the Major Leagues?
3.This owner signed a midget to play in one game in 1951. Name the owner.
4.Satchel Paige pitched 3 scoreless innings for Kansas City in 1965 at what ancient age?
5. Although the Spitball was banned in 1920, Burleigh Grimes was allowed to throw it until he left the majors in what year?
Canadian Baseball Trivia Quiz #17 ( Montreal Royals – International League) (Answers will be given at next update)
1. This tall, gangly 1st baseman played with the Royals in the late 1940s. He played in the majors with the Dodgers and Cubs retiring with a career batting average of .231. He was better known as TV’s “The Rifleman”. Remember him? (Chuck Connors)
2. Name the stadium where the Royals played their home games ? (Delorimier Stadium)
3. This little outfielder played for Montreal in the 1950s. He will be remembered for an outstanding catch in the 1947 World Series while with the Dodgers. Remember Al? (Al Gionfriddo)>
4. This fleetfooted outfielder played for the Royals in 1949 earning the nickname “the Jet”. He was N.L. Rookie of the year in 1950 with the Boston Braves. Name him?(Sam Jethroe)
5. The Dodgers originally drafted this talented outfielder and tried to hide him in Montreal. He went on to gain 3000 hits for the NL Pirates and was voted into the Hall of Fame shortly after his death in 1972. Name him ? (Roberto Clemente)
1. The 1st game at the Skydome was held on June 5,1989. The visitors won, 5-3 !. Who beat the Blue Jays?(Milwaukee Brewers)
2. Who was the starting pitcher for the Jays ?(Jimmy Key)
3. The 1st hit at the Skydome was a double by a popular player who would eventually join the Jays in 1993. Easy.(Paul Molitor)
4. The 1st homerun at Skydome was hit by this lanky 1st baseman.(Fred McGriff)
5. On June 7th, 1989, the Jays won their 1st game at the Skydome. Who was the winning pitcher ?(John Cerutti)
Canadian Baseball Trivia Quiz #15 (Another Canadian Quiz )
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1. This CBHF member’s dad played in the NHL with the Montreal Maroons. Jimmy collected 147 goals in the NHL. Pete starred with the White Sox. Pete who?(Pete Ward)
2. A London,Ont. born outfielder played in the majors with the Pirates and Yankees from 1942 to 1947. Frank hit .270 with the 1947 Pirates.(Frank Colman)
3.This CBHF righthander made a spectacular debut in a 1962 game pitching 11 scoreless innings for the Indians. He later played for the Cards, Astros, mets and Padres.(Ron Taylor)
4. This Thunder Bay born Hall of Famer was the 1st AL player to hit 20 doubles, 20 triples & 20 homers in a season (1941)(Jeff Heath)
5. This CBHF righthander first played in the majors with the Phillies. Being an outstanding athlete, he played junior B hockey and barnstormed with the Harlem Glkobetrotters. Easy ! (Fergie Jenkins)
Since its incorporation as a non-profit, charitable foundation in October, 1983, The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has been dedicated to preserving Canada’s baseball heritage http://kamagra2020.pl/.
One of our goals was, and is, to make Canadians aware and proud of the game’s long history in this country. The origins of baseball in Canada go back to 1838, when a game closely resembling the baseball of today was played in the nearby community of Beachville, Ontario.
Since the CBHF&M has been in operation, a total of 46 members have been inducted intothe Hall. Most inductees have been great Canadian ballplayers, such as George “Twinkletoes” Selkirk, Jeff Heath and Ferguson Jenkins. Also named are amateurs, builders of the Canadian game and honourary members who have helped popularize the sport in Canada.
Over the years the CBHF&M has attempted to help promote the growth of baseball in Canada at every level, from pee wee and slow pitch to high school and womens softball leagues. We try to stay informed about whats going on in baseball right across the country. We believe in the future of baseball in Canada.
This is the slogan of the St.Marys Committee that was successful in St. Marys being selected as the permanent home of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. On August 25 1994, the St.Marys proposal was selected from over several other competing proposals.
Instrumental in the success of the Stmarys presentation was London landscape architect, Art Lierman, who developed a unique model for the proposed St.Marys complex. The groomed 30 acre site will not only house an old fashioned Baseball Stadium, but involves a Museum which will hold artifacts of Canadian baseball history.
The site, which is adjacent to St.Marys famous quarry and the Thames River will contain, walking paths and many other sports facilities to make a visit to this proposed complex, an all-day, all-family experience.
Another individual who was instrumental in St.Marys winning proposal was London sports historian and University of Western Ontario professor, Bob Barney, who researched the 1838 recorded ball game hosted at Beachville, Ont., in particular, research on Adam Ford, an early mayor of St. Marys, who chronicled the 1838 game at nearby Beachville.
Harry Simmons, known as Mr.Baseball to many fans, players and executives of the sport. After a stint in World War II, Harry moved to Cartierville, Que. where he worked as right-hand man to International League president Frank Shaughnessy (who was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 ). One of Simmonss jobs with the IL was drawing up team schedules. He became such an expert at the task that he was hired on a freelance basis to compile the major league schedules for the National and American Leagues. After the IL Montreal franchise folded Simmons moved into the Major League commissioners office where he worked for 17 years continuing to produce the schedules. He maintained a Montreal residence for many years.
Established as a historian and writer, Simmons researched 19th century baseball extensively . He launched and wrote the weekly feature -So You Think You Know Baseball- which ran in the Saturday Evening Post from 1949-61 and later with Baseball Digest . His book of the same name was a best seller. For many years he wrote the entry for baseball in the Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
At baseballs annual winter meeting in 1979, held in Toronto, Simmons was honoured as King of Baseball -He was a wonderful and very knowledgeable man- said Rene Lemyre, general manager of the International League Montreal Royals from 1955-59. -Anything regarding baseball he knew-. It is an understatement to say that he was widely accepted and respected as a baseball authority.
Harry Simmons passed away in Jan. 1998.