OTTAWA, ON – Two former Baseball Canada National Team players, a legendary manager, one of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays of all-time and one of Canada’s most influential baseball writers will enter the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June as the shrine in St. Marys, Ontario announced today their 2015 inductees.
Former Blue Jays Carlos Delgado, Corey Koskie (Anola, MB) and Matt Stairs (Saint John, NB) will be inducted into the Hall, along with long-time Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou and legendary scribe Bob Elliott (Kingston, ON) in a ceremony that will take place on June 13th in St. Marys.
“Each of our 2015 inductees has made significant contributions to the history of baseball in our country and they continue to be great ambassadors for the game,” said Scott Crawford, the hall’s director of operations. “We’re proud and excited to celebrate their careers in St. Marys this June.”
Matt Stairs and Corey Koskie both donned the Maple Leaf at different points in their career as Stairs suiting up with the Junior National Team in 1986 before representing Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and later that year at the IBAF World Cup. Both players were members of the World Baseball Classic clubs in 2006 and 2009. Stairs’ MLB career spanned 19 seasons with 13 different clubs and was highlighted by a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008. Koskie’s nine-year career was spent primarily with the Minnesota Twins where he achieved career highs in home runs (26) and RBI (103) during the 2001 season. He spent 2005 with the Toronto Blue Jays before suffering a concussion in 2006, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, which ultimately cut his career short.
One of Baseball Canada’s biggest fans, Bob Elliott has provided unrivalled coverage for our National Teams via his stories in the Toronto Sun and through the Canadian Baseball Network, a website he built that promotes the game from coast-to-coast. As it states on the website – “If you want to know anything and everything to do with the Major Leagues, Minor Leagues or amateur baseball in Canada - Bob is the man to talk to.”
In 2012, he received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Although Felipe Alou and Carlos Delgado were not born in Canada, their impact on the game north of the border was substantial. Alou managed the Montréal Expos from 1992-2001 and is the franchise leader in career victories with 691. Delgado established himself as one of the games premier power hitters in the late 90’s and is the Blue Jays’ all-time home run leader with 336.
The induction ceremony will be part of a festival of events that will also include a Downtown Family Baseball Street Festival, celebrity slo-pitch game and home run derby, a London Salutes Canadian Baseball breakfast and the Hall’s 19th annual celebrity golf tournament.
For complete bios on all 2015 inductees, please click here.