May 5, 2014
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.
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.