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Nov2017

 

Artefact: Catcher Mitt
Accession #: 2017.22.40
Year: 1940s

This leather catcher mitt was used by the Army & Navy Pats from Edmonton, Alberta.  Baseball quickly grew in popularity in the early 1920s and 1930s. The major league teams began losing players to the war in 1943 and less people were attending games. A major league owner tried to maintain the interest of fans by establishing a separate league for women, leading to the development of the Army & Navy Pats women’s baseball team. Before the establishment of a professional women’s league, they mainly played at an amateur level for universities and local sports days.

OctAOMweb

 

Artefact: Snowshoes
Accession #:  93.54.01a & b
Year: 1910s - 1920s

This style of snowshoes are from 1910.  They were originally trimmed with small red pom-poms. The frames on snowshoes were usually made from durable ash wood and the lacing was made from deer, caribou and moose hide. The toe and tail section were placed in a cross pattern with light babiche, a string material made from rawhide. The central body of the shoe was made with a thicker babiche to support heavy weight suspension.

Sept AOM 2017

 

Artefact: Jockey Helmet
Accession #:  88.15.02
Year: 1950s

This jockey helmet was worn by Honored Member Jimmy Fitzsimmons a horse racing athlete. Thoroughbred racing is the racing of a special breed of horse over courses that range from 1.5- 2.5 km. They are known for their agility and speed. Their average speed is 70km/hr.

 

Aug2017AOM

 

Artefact: Golf Trophy
Accession #:  2010.26.01
Year: 1990s

August 10th, 2017 is the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament. This trophy was first awarded in 1993. This year, we have Special Guest and Honoured Member Jason Zuback, the World Long Drive Champion in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

This trophy was awarded to past winners of the Annual Golf Tournament from 1993 to 2000. Golfers compete in teams trying to achieve the best score. August 10th, 2017 is the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament.

 

July2017

 

Artefact: Water Ski
Accession #:  94.62.04
Year: 1990s

This year is Water ski & Wakeboard Alberta's 50th anniversary. Water skiing competitors slalom, perform tricks, and jump on water skis while being towed by a speedboat. The sport is derived from snow skiing and aquaplaning and was started in the United States in 1922. Water skiing was first introduced in Canada in the 1930s and began to be more know during 1948, after the appearance of the Cypress Gardens Skiers at the Canadian National Exhibition waterfront shows.

This water ski belonged to Hall of Fame Member Jaret Llewellyn, who was the Junior Worlds Overall Water-skiing Champion at 14 years old. He is the holder of 14 Canadian records and 20 national titles. He also set a water ski jumping world record of 207 feet in 1992.

Jun2017

 

Artefact: Lacrosse Stick
Year: 1930s
Number: 88.28.01

June is National Aboriginal History Month. This started in 2009 with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons. Learn more about the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada, visit: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1466616481533

Lacrosse is a cultural tradition of the Iroquois people who inhabited what is now lower Ontario and Quebec. Early lacrosse games, which took place during the 12th century, were played as a ceremonial ritual. Lacrosse inspired a deep spiritual connection with the goal to bring glory and honour to themselves and their tribes.

The modern version of lacrosse developed during the 19th century and has become popular in North America ever since.