TORONTO (December 14, 2013) – Hockey Hall of Fame Curator Phil Pritchard added a 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring to the Stanley Cup Championship display today at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The ring, donated by the Chicago Blackhawks organization, is featured in a display celebrating the current and past Stanley Cup champions. The ring was designed to tell the story of the Blackhawks memorable season of achieving the “One Goal” of becoming the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Champions.

The ruby and diamond encrusted ring features the iconic Blackhawks logo and the words “Stanley Cup Champions” across the top and bottom.  The ring is made of 14-karat white gold and is the first Stanley Cup ring since 2003 (NJ) to move the Stanley Cup off the face of the ring.

“We are very grateful to the Blackhawks organization, especially, Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman, Al MacIsaac and Norm Maciver,” said Pritchard.  “The 2013 Championship ring makes a great addition to the Stanley Cup Championship display.  Our guests, who visit us from around the world, will be thrilled to be able to view it.”

Details about the donated 2013 Stanley Cup Championship Ring

On the right side are five diamond-studded Stanley Cup trophies representing the 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013 championships.  On the left side features seven baguette-cut rubies and two pear-shaped emeralds set in the shape of the Blackhawks’ secondary logo.  This emblem is set against the background of a “C” formed in yellow gold and yellow diamonds.   Inside are the words, “One Goal”, which is the team’s motto along with the playoff series scores.  The total weight of the championship ring is 93.0 grams and includes 260 diamonds and gemstones totaling approximately 14.68 karats.

About the Hockey Hall of Fame

Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.  As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.

Every year, a new class is inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and the brotherhood of coaches, players and umpires grows. With the 2014 class, that sense of brotherhood will be even more prominent as the Hall of Fame will now feature siblings.

Gene Stephenson, who has more Division I-level wins than any other coach, will join his brother Phil in the Hall of Fame. Phil Stephenson was inducted in 2007.

“It’s great to unite the Stephenson brothers as inductees,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “Once Gene went on the ballot, there was little doubt the voters would make him a part of this year’s class.”

In building the Wichita State program, Gene Stephenson went 1,837-673-3 in 36 seasons. He took teams to 28 regionals, seven College World Series and won a national title in 1989. He stands as the third-winningest coach at any level, beyond College Baseball Hall of Famer Gordie Gillespie and Augie Garrido. He also joins four of his former players in the Hall of Fame.

Joining Stephenson in the 2014 class are Bill Bordley, pitcher, USC; Alex Fernandez, pitcher, Miami and Miami-Dade South Community College; Mike Fiore, outfielder, Miami; Demie Mainieri, Miami-Dade North Community College; Mickey Sullivan, outfielder and coach, Baylor; and William C. Matthews, Tuskegee Institute and Harvard.

“This is a really well-rounded class,” Gustafson said. “Once again, we have a small-school inductee in Demie Mainieri and a representative from an HBCU in William Clarence Matthews. They both have excellent credentials and I’m excited that they’re in part of this class.”

Matthews was selected by the Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee, which selects inductees who played or coached at Historically Black Colleges and Universities prior to 1975. He joins Ralph Garr, Lou Brock, Danny Goodwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones as previous honorees in this category.

Matthews was at Tuskegee from 1893 to 1897 and captained the 1897 team. He also helped organize the school’s first football team. Following his career at Tuskegee, he went on to play at Harvard from 1901 to 1905 as an infielder. During his time with the Crimson, he was part of teams that went 75-18. In his senior season, he hit .400 and stole 22 bases, all while continuing to deal with boycotts and tension on and off the field.

Sullivan was an outfielder at Baylor from 1952 to 1954 and was the school’s first two-time All-American. He batted .519 in 1954, still a school record. He returned to Baylor as a coach in 1974 and led the Bears to a school-record 649 wins in 21 seasons, including four NCAA tournament appearances and the school’s first two College World Series appearances in 1977 and 1978.

Bordley was a two-time All-American at USC from 1977 to 1978. He posted a 26-2 career record with the Trojans and his .929 winning percentage is still a school record. He posted a career ERA of 2.58 with 10 complete games. Bordley won his first 20 straight decisions and remains the only Trojans pitcher to be a two-time, first-team All-American.

Fernandez was named Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-American at Miami, where he won 15 games with a 2.01 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 147 innings as a freshman. He played his sophomore at Miami-Dade South CC and was named a first-team all NJCAA after leading the nation with 154 strikeouts in 121 innings and finished his sophomore season with a 12-2 record with a 1.19 ERA. He won the 1990 Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.

Fiore was a star outfielder at Miami from 1985 to 1988, where he set 12 school batting records, including hits (341), doubles (63) and runs batted in (235). He was named a Freshman All-American, won the Dick Howser Trophy in 1987 and was a consensus All-American in 1988. He also played on the 1988 gold-medal winning USA Olympic team.

Mainieri was the first junior college coach to win at least 1,000 games. He finished his career with 1,012 wins in 30 seasons at Miami-Dade North CC.  More than 100 of his former players were drafted or signed by professional teams and 30 of them have made it to the major leagues. His 1964 team won the NJCAA National Championship and he had three teams finish second and another finished third. He has been inducted into six halls of fame and was named to the NJCAA All-Century team.

“This is another exceptional class,” Gustafson said. “This group is immensely respected within the game and is a very deserving class. I can’t wait to get these guys here this summer and hear their stories firsthand.”

The 2014 class will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the annual Night of Champions event on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

 

 

 

St. Marys, Ont. – Two men that helped make the Montreal Expos one of baseball’s most competitive franchises of the 1980s will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 21 in St. Marys, Ont.

Long-time Expos third baseman Tim Wallach and former general manager Murray Cook will be honoured, along with legendary Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne. Onetime Canadian national team coach and highly respected scout Jim Ridley will also be inducted posthumously.

“Tim Wallach and Dave Van Horne are two names that have become synonymous with the Montreal Expos, and both have had a significant impact on baseball in this country, and Murray Cook and Jim Ridley helped blaze a trail for Canadians in the professional scouting and executive ranks,” said Scott Crawford, the hall’s director of operations. “We’re proud and excited to celebrate their careers in St. Marys this June.”

The induction ceremony will be part of a festival of events that will also include a celebrity slo-pitch game and home run derby, a London Salutes Canadian Baseball breakfast, the Hall’s 18th annual celebrity golf tournament and a Toronto Blue Jays Honda Super Camp for kids.

Tim Wallach

Born in 1957 in Huntington Beach, Calif., Tim Wallach is the Expos’ all-time leader in several statistical categories, including games played (1,767), hits (1,694), doubles (360), RBI (905) and total bases (2,728). Nicknamed “Eli” by his teammates, Wallach also ranks third all-time amongst Expos in runs (737) and fourth in home runs (204).

Chosen 10th overall by the Expos in the 1979 amateur draft, Wallach began his big league career as an outfielder before evolving into the best third baseman in the franchise’s history. In 13 seasons with the Expos from 1980 to 1992, Wallach was selected to five all-star games (1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990), won three Gold Gloves (1985, 1988, 1990) and captured two Silver Slugger Awards (1985, 1987). He was also named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team in 1981, topped the National League in doubles in 1987 and 1989 and finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 1987.

Wallach spent the final four seasons of his 17-year big league career in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and the Angels. Since retiring as a player, the long-time Expo has become a highly regarded coach at both the professional and collegiate levels. In 2014, he will serve as the Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach. In recent years, Wallach has been inducted into the Cal State Fullerton (his alma mater) Titan Athletics Hall of Fame (2005) and the College Baseball Hall of Fame (2011).

“I’m both surprised and honored to be selected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. What a great thrill to be going in with such integral parts of the Montreal Expos for such a long time, and to join many of my old teammates and manager, along with so many people that meant so much to Canadian baseball. This is a great honour for my family and myself,” said Wallach.

Dave Van Horne

He calls games for the Miami Marlins now, but for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, Dave Van Horne will always be the voice of the Montreal Expos. The Easton, Pa., native was performing radio play-by-play duties for the Richmond Braves (Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate) from 1966 to 1968 when he first met John McHale (then the Atlanta Braves president). When McHale became president of the Expos, he offered Van Horne his first big league radio gig in 1969.

Behind the mike for the Expos’ first game on April 8, 1969 until the end of the 2000 season, Van Horne became known for his smooth baritone and trademark catch-phrases like “Up, up and away!” when the Expos hit a home run. In his 32 seasons with the Expos, he broadcast the down-to-the-wire pennant races in 1979 and 1980, the team’s only post-season run in 1981 and Dennis Martinez’s perfect game on July 28, 1991 – a performance that inspired, perhaps, his most famous call, “El Presidente, El Perfecto!”

In 2001, Van Horne accepted the radio play-by-play position with the Florida Marlins and he would later broadcast the club’s World Series-winning 2003 campaign. Fittingly, Van Horne was on hand on September 29, 2004 to call the final home game in Expos history from the visiting radio booth.

In 1996, Van Horne received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award for broadcasting excellence and 15 years later, he was the recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s equivalent honour, the Ford C. Frick Award. Now entering his 46th year of broadcasting major league games, Van Horne is set to become the second Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (Tom Cheek is the other) to have won both the Jack Graney and Ford C. Frick Awards.

“This is a great honor.  I had spent over half my adult life as the Expos radio and TV announcer and it’s very gratifying to know those years were appreciated and remembered,” said Van Horne. “I was blessed to have wonderful partners, including Duke Snider and Ken Singleton and of course, my first Montreal partner, Russ Taylor. It is exciting and humbling to join the illustrious membership of Canadian Hall of Famers such as, my fellow Expos family members, Charles Bronfman, John McHale, Jim Fanning, Rusty Staub, Claude Raymond, Ron Piche, Steve Rogers, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Larry Walker and Rheal Cormier. I’m especially proud to join Tom Cheek, giving this Hall, two broadcasters, included on the roster of players, executives and baseball dignitaries who have contributed to this great game, in this great country.”

Murray Cook

Born in Sackville, N.B. in 1940, Murray Cook has spent more than half a century in professional baseball. After graduating from Ohio University with a master’s degree in history in 1962, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played shortstop and third base in the lower levels of their system for parts of four years, before hanging up his spikes to become the general manager of their Class-A affiliate in Gastonia in 1966.

Cook impressed in his new role and the Pirates promoted him to their big league front office in 1967. He was named the team’s assistant farm director the following year and soon rose through the ranks to become the club’s assistant director of minor league operations in 1972 and director of scouting in 1977.

After 21 years in the Pirates organization, Cook was hired to be the New York Yankees scouting director in January 1983. Just over six months later, he was named the club’s general manager, becoming just the second Canadian to be a big league GM (Huntsville, Ont., native George Selkirk was the Washington Senators’ GM from 1964 to 1969). Cook remains just one of five Canadians to serve as a GM at the major league level. The others are Selkirk, Gord Ash (Toronto Blue Jays, 1995 to 2001), Doug Melvin (Texas Rangers, 1994 to 2001; Milwaukee Brewers, 2003 to present) and Alex Anthopoulos (Toronto Blue Jays, 2009 to present).

In 1984, Cook was reassigned to the position of vice-president and director of scouting with the Yankees, before he replaced John McHale as general manager of the Expos on September 5 of that year. Drafting Randy Johnson, signing free agent Dennis Martinez and rebuilding the Expos into a surprising contender were among the highlights of his close to three years in Montreal.

Following his tenure with the Expos, he served as the general manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1988 and 1989. Since 1990, he has worked in scouting capacities for the Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. In 2010, he was named East Scout of the Year for his contributions to the scouting field. He is currently the Tigers’ East Coast regional cross checker.

“I’m stunned, honoured and humbled by such an recognition from my homeland” said Cook, when told the news of his upcoming Induction.

Jim Ridley

After two seasons as an outfielder in the Milwaukee Braves organization in 1964 and 1965, Toronto native Jim Ridley returned to Canada where he would have a significant impact on baseball in his home country for the next four decades.

While continuing his playing career in the Intercounty Baseball League – where he was named league MVP with Stratford Hillers in 1974 – Ridley launched his storied coaching and scouting career. He began as a part-time scout with the Detroit Tigers in 1973, before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 1976 to run the club’s first tryout camp in Utica, N.Y.  In his 26 years as a scout with the Blue Jays, Ridley was the driving force behind the club’s decisions to sign Canadians like Paul Spoljaric, Rob Butler and David Corrente. He also served as a coach with the Blue Jays’ rookie-level affiliate in Medicine Hat from 1978 to 1980.

A highly respected coach at the local level, Ridley also coached the Canadian junior national team from 1983 to 1988, leading the squad to bronze medals at the World Junior Baseball Championship in 1983 and 1987. In 1988, he coached the Canadian Olympic baseball team and three years later, he was tabbed to manage Canada’s squad at the Pan Am Games. Starting in 2002, Ridley served as a scout with the Minnesota Twins. Rene Tosoni and Jon Waltenbury are among the Canadians he signed and brought into the Twins organization.

Ridley passed away from cancer on November 28, 2008. Each year, the Canadian Baseball Network presents the Jim Ridley Award to the country’s top scout in his memory.

“We are deeply honored that our father Jim Ridley has been elected into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Ridley’s children Jeremy, Shayne, and Shannon in a joint statement. “Our father was a player, coach, manager, scout and teacher of the game of baseball. He devoted himself to helping young ball players achieve their dreams of becoming better at their sport. Although techniques have changed in the game over the years and perhaps Dad had some out of fashion ideas, he always taught that any and all athletes must play the game with honour, respect and with a positive view about themselves and others. This is how he taught us, as we now instill and teach in our own children and we are thrilled that he in turn is being honoured, respected and positively remembered for his many years of contribution to the sport of baseball in Canada.”

2014 ISHA Annual Conference in Music City

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) will visit Nashville, Tennessee for its 44th Annual Conference on October 27-29, 2014.  The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Bridgestone Arena, will host this year’s event.

Manning and Tiger“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is excited to be hosting the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Annual Conference,” Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Bill Emendorfer said.  “From live music to the city’s best cultural destinations, Nashville is a wonderful place to explore.  We look forward to the 2014 conference being the best attended International Sports Heritage Association conference ever.”

The Hampton Inn & Suites, located in the heart of downtown Nashville is the host hotel, and is just steps away from Music City excitement, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Convention Center, Bridgestone arena and LP Field.  Other nearby attractions include the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry, and Second Avenue – Nashville’s historical entertainment and dining district overlooking the Cumberland River.

Nashville is a suitable host for sports institutions given its own sports culture. “In October, this town will be geared up for football and the opening of the NHL season,” Emendorfer said. “With the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and local university sports teams, there are excellent opportunities to catch some sports action while visiting.”

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Conference Sponsorship Packages are available at http://www.sportsheritage.org/sponsorship-packages/

 

The conference brochure and registration will be published in the spring.  Conference Grants to support attendance by Regular members will also be available.

 

The International Sports Heritage Association is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971.  The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.  ISHA includes nearly 150 Regular members from countries such as China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.  In addition, corporations and individuals participate in and contribute to the growth of ISHA as Associate Members.

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The 3M Foundation has once again shown its commitment to Knoxville and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum by donating $25,000 to the museum foundation’s “Expand the Dream” campaign.  Representing the Knoxville 3M plant this week at the check presentation were Todd Weber and Tracinda Yaw, while executive director Bob Baker represented the 501(c)(3) national non-profit museum.  3M employee and museum board member Mike Husted was also present at the ceremony.

“This is not 3M’s first donation to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum,” said Tracinda Yaw, 3M Knoxville plant manager.  “And this won’t be our last gift either.”

According to Bob Baker, “We can’t thank the 3M Foundation enough for their continued support of our efforts of ‘promoting the future by preserving the past’ history of the sport of sprint car racing.  As Expand the Dream campaign chair Don Lamberti would say, ‘Now is not the time to let off the gas; we need to keep pushing the accelerator down.’  The museum foundation’s campaign is over halfway towards its goal of raising money for a brand-new storage and staging facility and increasing its overall endowment fund.”

For more information on this donation, please contact 3M Community Affairs at 651-733-0144.  For more information on the non-profit National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, please contact executive director Bob Baker at 641-842-6176.

“The New Jersey mobile museum is the first state Hall of Fame Mobile Museum exhibit in the nation, it’s been called a “field trip on wheels.” Inside, visitors will find a dramatic multimedia exhibition created around the theme “Make a Difference”.

Inductees range from Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein to Vince Lombardi and Shaquille O’Neal. The mobile museum will inspire children to strive for excellence in all walks of life, and by offering positive role models, it will provide them with a blueprint on how to follow in the footsteps of our Jersey legends that are showcased on board the mobile museum.

Steve Edwards, president of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation Board noted that “The Mobile Museum reinforces the message to children that they can achieve great things through passion and dedication.” The Mobile Museum’s actual structure is based upon a 53-foot double-expandable trailer. On the highway, the trailer is the standard 8.6’ wide by 53’ long. However, on location, the trailer expands from both sides to an amazing 850 square feet of first-class exhibit space.

Through images, artifacts, film, and interactive elements, visitors can explore the ways that New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees have changed the state and the world: as innovators, as leaders, and as voices for the voiceless—often against overwhelming odds. And they’ll be invited to consider how they, too, can make a difference in our world. Displays will rotate on an ongoing basis to highlight new Hall of Fame inductees.

Lynch Exhibits a member of ISHA, engineered & fabricated all of the exhibit components in their 210,000 sq. ft. facility. Designed by renowned museum exhibition designer, Ralph Appelbaum Associates and famed architect and Hall of Fame inductee Michael Graves, The Mobile Museum will also be featured at a number of community events for the immense enjoyment of the general public, and will be featured at a number of schools throughout the state.

For more information contact Frank Nave’ fnave@lynchexhibits.com 609.820.9235

The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame will host a memorable evening for University of Missouri alums and fans on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rams Park in Earth City beginning at 5:30 pm.  Titled “A Salute to Mizzou in St. Lou”, the Hall of Fame will induct three Mizzou sports legends and present major achievement awards.   Three Tigers with storied histories will join the ranks of only 89 others inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.  They are:  Football Player/Coach/Broadcaster since 1947 John Kadlec, 32-year Head Basketball Coach Norm Stewart and former Football All-American running back Johnny Roland.

One rarely given award and one brand new Special Achievement Award will also be presented.  On the heels of an outstanding 12-2 season and Cotton Bowl victory ranked no. 5 in America at season’s end, Coach Gary Pinkel has been selected as only the third recipient in history to win the “Sportsman of the Year Award”.  Coach Pinkel has also become the winningest football coach in Missouri history.  The previous winners of this award are Albert Pujols and Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The “August A. Busch, Jr. Award” has been created by the Busch Family to honor exceptional business leadership and success in sports.  Billy Busch will present the award to Missouri’s Director of Athletics Mike Alden.  In his 16th year at the helm of the program, Alden has initiated dramatic and positive changes to the size and stature of all Mizzou sports and facilities including the move to the Southeastern Conference.

More honors will be doled out, as the Hall pays tribute by handing out the “Champions Award” to the 1981-82 Tiger basketball squad led by All-American center and St. Louisan Steve Stipanovich who will be joined by his teammates to receive awards.  Possibly the best season ever of Tiger basketball, this team went 27-4 overall, 12-2 to win the Big Eight Conference and went to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen before losing by just one point to the University of Houston.

Also receiving the “Champions Award” will be this past season’s Tiger Football Team.  Some members of the squad will be asked to attend and accept the award.

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame events are recognized for their very entertaining “interview format” as opposed to speeches!  Current and former “Voices of the Tigers” will be handling the interviews, with the Hall of Fame’s Ron Jacober and Greg Marecek hosting the show.

There are two levels of tickets.  Just 20 tables are being sold at $1,500 for 10 seats in an “Exclusive” roped off area in front of the stage, waiter service for the buffet in this area and special parking.  A special commemorative gift will accompany these tickets.

General admission tickets are $80 which includes the Taste of St. Louis buffet, soft drinks, water, beer and a seat for the program.

Tickets are available by calling Tim Moore at 314-226-1190, online at stlshof.com, and by mail to the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, 1400 South 3rd St., St. Louis, Mo. 63104.  For more information, contact Tim Moore or Greg Marecek at 314-226-1192.