Pedro, Moseby among Canadian HOF electees
Baseball historian Humber will be inducted alongside Expos ace, Blue Jays OF in June
Former Expos star pitcher Pedro Martinez, longtime Blue Jays center fielder Lloyd Moseby and legendary baseball historian William Humber will be soon be enshrined among many of the most impactful people in Canadian baseball history.
Martinez, Moseby and Humber are set to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for the class of 2018. The ceremony will take place on June 16 at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont.
"Each of this year's inductees has had a tremendous influence on baseball in this country," Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott Crawford said. "Pedro Martinez and Lloyd Moseby are two of the most successful and beloved stars to have played for Major League teams in Canada, and Bill Humber's commitment to promoting the history of the game in this country has been unparalleled."
Martinez won the first of three career Cy Young Awards with the Expos at age 25 in 1997, and he was a two-time All-Star with Montreal. Also a 2015 inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Martinez went 55-33 with a 3.06 ERA and 843 strikeouts in 797 1/3 innings across four seasons with the Expos.
Martinez's 1997 season was one to remember, as he led the Major Leagues with a 1.90 ERA and topped all National League pitchers with 13 complete games. His 305 strikeouts that year set a single-season franchise record.
"I felt honored, humbled and a bit surprised," Martinez said after receiving the call from Crawford letting him know he'd be inducted. "I never expected, when I was playing the game, to be here today. I took each day like it was a dream. I was so proud to play baseball every day and was fortunate as a player to be welcomed with open arms in both Canada and the United States. These countries provided me the opportunity to play the game I love so much."
Moseby, the Blue Jays' No. 1 selection in 1978, played 10 of his 12 seasons in the big leagues with Toronto. He ranks first in Blue Jays history with 255 stolen bases, second with 60 triples, third with 547 walks, and fourth with 1,392 games played, 768 runs scored, 1,319 hits and 242 doubles.
Moseby batted .257/.333/.415 with 149 homers during his decade in Toronto, while playing a major role in helping the club win division titles in 1985 and '89.
"I really appreciate this honour," Moseby said. "It's still sinking in, but I'm excited about the ceremony in June."
Humber, a native of Toronto, Ont., is considered to be the premier baseball historian north of the border. He has authored a number of baseball books, including Cheering for the Home Team (1983), Let's Play Ball: Inside the Perfect Game ('89), The Baseball Book and Trophy ('93) and Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada ('95).
Humber was also an important figure in forming the Toronto Hanlan's Point chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), and he helped organize Toronto's inaugural SABR Convention in 1981.
Humber is the only Canadian to serve on the board of directors of SABR, having done so in 1982.
"Researching the roots of Canadian baseball, sharing those stories and celebrating long-lost heroes has been a lifelong passion for me, so to join them in this special place is both an honor and a humbling experience," Humber said.