One-Tank Trip for May 27-17
(c) By Jim Fox
An historic stone farmhouse jam-packed with artifacts in St. Marys is Canada’s shrine to baseball in an area linked to the first game ever played.
Despite American claims that the call “play ball” originated a year earlier at Cooperstown,
N.Y., Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum archivists cried foul when the museum opened there in 1998 after moving from Toronto.
|A replica 1940’s Girls Professional Baseball league uniform and historic bats can be seen at the museum. (Jim Fox photo)|
They chronicled the origin to 1838 when a game closely resembling that of today’s was played in nearby Beachville.
The museum is among the sport’s area heritage sites including Beachville and London’s Labatt Park, the world’s oldest baseball grounds from 1877.
The ball hall is a definitive repository of the game’s treasures, offering aficionados an insight into the “Field of Dreams.”