The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
is a museum located in St. Marys, Ontario
The museum was founded in October 1983
at Exhibition Place
and later moved to Ontario Place
. In 1994, it moved to St. Marys. It is dedicated to preserving Canada's baseball
heritage, which dates back to June 4
, when a game closely resembling today's baseball was played in Beachville, Ontario
, according to an article in Sporting Life
magazine in 1886 written by Dr. Adam Ford, formerly of St. Marys. The Hall gained some major attention when Pete Rose
became eligible for earning his 4,000th hit with the Montreal Expos
. However Rose has yet to be elected to the Hall.
Since opening, 78 members (49 players, 23 builders, 2 honorary, 4 honorary teams) have been inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. It includes professional ballplayers, amateurs, builders and honorary members who have helped popularize the sport in Canada.
In addition, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame also gives out the Tip O'Neill Award annually to the baseball player "judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to the highest ideals of the game of baseball."
The facility in St. Marys also includes a baseball field designed by landscape architect Art Lierman of London, Ontario
Rules for nominations
- A player must be retired for three years.
- Must receive 75 per cent of the vote to be inducted.
- If the person is not Canadian he must have done something significant in baseball in Canada.
- The person nominated will stay on the ballot for nine years as long as he receives a minimum of one vote every two years.
- All information must be in by December 31 of the year to be eligible for the following year.
Teams / groups