In­ductees com­mit­ted to Canada

The Beacon Herald - - SPORTS - MOR­RIS DALLA COSTA POST­MEDIA NEWS

It’s not the big­gest in­duc­tion class ever, but it may be one of the most per­son­able.

The Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame will in­duct three new mem­bers, in­clud­ing two play­ers who were never at a loss for some­thing to say. For­mer Mon­treal Ex­pos su­per­star Pe­dro Martinez, long­time Toronto Blue Jays cen­tre fielder Lloyd Moseby and Canada’s fore­most base­ball his­to­rian Wil­liam Hum­ber will be in­ducted into the Hall in a cer­e­mony on Satur­day at 1 p.m. at the Hall grounds in St. Marys.

Moseby was one of the most per­son­able Blue Jays to wear the uni­form, while Martinez was quick with a quote.

“Pe­dro and Lloyd are both very out­go­ing and re­spect­ful and happy with their times in (Canada,)” said Scott Craw­ford, di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions for the Hall of Fame. “Lloyd is still help­ing the Jays Care Foun­da­tion and Tour­na­ment 12 and Blue Jays Academy.

“Pe­dro had four years in Mon­treal and when he won the World Se­ries with the Red Sox he said, ‘This is for the peo­ple of Mon­treal.’ Those two have shown their love and com­mit­ment to Cana­dian base­ball.”

Usu­ally in­duc­tions are dom­i­nated by the play­ers, but Craw­ford says as a Hall of Fame and Mu­seum hav­ing a his­to­rian like Hum­ber in­ducted is im­por­tant to the game in Canada.

“Bill Hum­ber is the most knowl­edge­able per­son in Canada about Cana­dian base­ball his­tory,” he said. “The his­tory part is so im­por­tant. We’re a mu­seum as well as a Hall of Fame and we have to keep the his­tory of the game alive and Bill is one of the guys who fills in the de­tails and fills in the blanks when guys don’t know it. He ei­ther knows it or goes and finds it out.

“Base­ball is a game of his­tory, tra­di­tion and sta­tis­tics and Bill is the guy who knows that stuff.”

Ad­mis­sion to the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony is free.

There are sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing up to Satur­day’s in­duc­tion, in­clud­ing a Fri­day golf tour­na­ment. There is still one four­some open for that tour­na­ment.

Moseby is one of the most pop­u­lar Blue Jays. In the mid-1980s he was part of what was con­sid­ered one of the most po­tent out­fields in the ma­jor leagues with Ge­orge Bell and Jesse Barfield.

He broke in with the Jays in 1980 and roamed cen­tre field for the next 10 years.

Moseby made a big state­ment in 1983 when he bat­ted .315 with 18 home runs, 31 dou­bles, seven triples and 27 steals. He also topped Amer­i­can League cen­tre field­ers with 11 as­sists.

He be­came the first Jays out­fielder to win a Sil­ver Slug­ger Award and was the team’s player of the year. He was also se­lected to the Sport­ing News and Base­ball Amer­ica all-star teams.

The next year he hit an­other 18 home runs, led the Amer­i­can League in triples with 15 and stole 39 bases.

In his 10 sea­sons with the Blue Jays, Moseby played on two di­vi­sion-win­ning teams in 1985 and 1989 and ranks among the fran­chise’s all-time lead­ers in sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing first in stolen bases, sec­ond in triples, third in at­bats and walks and fourth in games played, runs, hits and dou­bles.

He played two sea­sons with the Detroit Tigers to fin­ish off his 12-year ma­jor league ca­reer be­fore spend­ing two years with the Yomi­uri Gi­ants in Ja­pan.

Martinez came to the Ex­pos in a trade with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for Delino DeShields in 1993. He was a mem­ber of the 1994 team that led the Na­tional League East be­fore a strike wiped out the sea­son. It was one of the most dif­fi­cult years for Ex­pos play­ers and Cana­dian base­ball fans.

But it was Martinez’s 1997 sea­son that es­tab­lished him as one of the best pitch­ers of his era.

He posted a 17-8 record for the Ex­pos, lead­ing the league with a 1.90 ERA. He led Na­tional League pitch­ers in com­plete games with 13. His 305 strike­outs set a sin­gle-sea­son fran­chise record. He be­came the first and only Expo to win the NL Cy Young Award.

The Ex­pos were forced to deal him the next year be­cause of fi­nan­cial is­sues and the Bos­ton Red Sox were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. In his four years with the Ex­pos, Martinez was 55-33 with a 3.06 ERA while strik­ing out 843 bat­ters.

In seven years with the Red Sox he won four Amer­i­can League ERA ti­tles and two Cy Young Awards. He was a mem­ber of the team that won the 2004 World Se­ries, the first World Se­ries win for the Red Sox in 86 years. He finished his ca­reer with a three-year stint with the New York Mets and one year with the Philadel­phia Phillies.

Martinez was an eight-time al­ls­tar in his 18-year ca­reer. In to­tal Martinez wound up with 219 wins and a 2.93 ERA and is one of four pitch­ers to com­plete their ca­reer with more than 3,000 strike­outs and less than 1,000 walks. In 2015 he be­came a mem­ber of the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame.

Hum­ber is one of Canada’s top base­ball his­to­ri­ans. He’s done nu­mer­ous pre­sen­ta­tions about Cana­dian base­ball and au­thored nu­mer­ous books, in­clud­ing Diamonds of the North: A Con­cise His­tory of Base­ball in Canada.

He’s also a builder of the game. He was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Toronto Han­lan’s Point chap­ter of the So­ci­ety of Amer­i­can Base­ball Re­search and the only Cana­dian to have served on its board of di­rec­tors.

In 1979 he created a course called Base­ball Spring Train­ing for Fans at Seneca Col­lege, which con­tin­ues to this day. He has taught the course since its in­cep­tion.

In 1989 he was the driv­ing force be­hind an ex­hibit at the Royal On­tario Mu­seum called Let’s Play Ball: In­side the Per­fect Game, which cel­e­brated 150 years of Cana­dian base­ball his­tory.

Hum­ber also serves on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and for the Clar­ing­ton Sports Hall of Fame and in 2006 he was elected to the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame in the writ­ers cat­e­gory.

MARK MALONE/POST­MEDIA NEWS

For­mer all-star out­fielder Lloyd Moseby gives hit­ting in­struc­tions dur­ing the Toronto Blue Jays Honda Su­per Camp on June 23, 2014, at Fergie Jenk­ins Field at Ro­tary Park in Chatham. Moseby is one of three in­ductees into the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame this week­end.

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