They went from big league ball players to big name barnstormers overnight, but not even a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball could keep them off the field.
The eight men ousted from the American League by the Black Sox Scandal were made unemployed by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis when he issued the permanent MLB ban in early August of 1921, nearly two years after they were suspected of playing key roles in fixing the World Series.
No longer able to suit up for the Chicago White Sox, the disgraced players sought the refuge of whatever teams would take them.
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Can you imagine one of your favourite athletes in a uniform other than the one they became famous in?
Over the years, many have been able to play with one team. But in the free agency era, they have become fewer and further between.
As we found out with author Larry Stone, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Edgar Martinez almost didn’t stick around Seattle after not seeing a clear path out from the Calgary Cannons.
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When the Pioneer League looked at expansion in 1975, they began looking at Medicine Hat.
It wouldn’t happen until 1977, but the love affair ended up lasting 25 years.
In the second of our three-part series, we look back at the Medicine Hat A’s and Blue Jays with a man familiar with sports in the city: Bob Ridley.
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There is a little confusion over where T.J. Bennett is really from.
As it turns out, he was born in Lethbridge but didn’t spend a whole lot of time here.
The reason: his father was a baseball coach for a new Pioneer League team in 1992. That background gave us context on how the 26-year-old has lived his baseball life.
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It was a contingent of Hall-of-Fame baseball talent that Western Canada had never seen before and hasn’t seen since.
When Major League Baseball (MLB) stars descended upon Alberta in October of 1934 on their way to Vancouver to board a ship for Japan, the group of legendary players included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Gomez, and Moe Berg.
The only thing more compelling than the celebrity aura they brought to each stop was the newspaper ink they generated on their 19-game barnstorming tour of North America, which included 12 contests in Canada, in the lead up to their Asian tour.
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