Cooperstowners in Canada
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories:
– It took 30 years but Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finally has some Canadian company in the plaque gallery in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) joked about joining Jenkins in his induction speech on Wednesday. “I am Canadian,” said Walker from the stage. “A couple of years ago I fell short in the voting, and I don’t do much on social media, but I did one of those hashtags things on Twitter and it read ‘Fergie needs a friend.’ I was, of course, referring to Ferguson Jenkins who was the only Canadian in Cooperstown. Today, I finally get to join Fergie as the second Canadian in the Hall of Fame and the first Canadian position player. Fergie, it’s an honour.” Later National Baseball Hall of Fame photographer Milo Stewart snapped the photo below and the Hall tweeted it out with the hashtag #FergieGotAFriend. It should also be noted that Bob Elliott (Kingston, Ont.) won the BBWAA Career Excellence Award in 2012. It’s the most prestigious award a baseball writer can receive. Bob is only Canadian to receive this award and his photo can be found in the writers’ wing of the Hall.