April's Artefact of the Month was chosen to represent our Bell Memorial Award recipients.
The Bell Memorial Award is dedicated specifically to those individuals who have contributed to sport through their media presence. The Bell Memorial Award was established in 1973 by the Bell Family in honour of Chester Bell, son of the late Max Bell, a former publisher of the Albertan. The award is presented to acknowledge members of the media who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the coverage of amateur sports in Alberta.
April is also associated with these 'Appreciation' Day, which we thought might apply to some of our Bell Memorial Award Honoured Members.
- April 4th - School Librarian Appreciation Day
- April 10th - Encourage Young Writers Day
- April 18th - Columnist Appreciation Day
- April 30 - Honesty Day
Bell Memorial Recipients:
- 1974 Henry Viney* CFCN Calgary
- 1975 Cecil “Tiger” Goldstick* CFRN Edmonton
- 1976 Don Fleming* Edmonton Journal
- 1977 Ernie Afaganis CBXT Edmonton
- 1978 Frank Ryan Red Deer Advisor
- 1979 Garry Allison Lethbridge Herald
- 1984 Russ Peake CFCN Calgary
- 1985 Marty Knack* Edmonton Journal
- 1986 Thomas W. “Tom” Moore* The Albertan
- 1987 Guy Cormier CBXFT Edmonton
- 1988 John Short Edmonton Journal
- 1989 Stan “Sparling” Solberg Freelance
- 1990 Larry Wood Calgary Herald
- 1991 Lisa Miller CFRN TV
- 1993 Al McCann* CFRN TV
- 1995 Ed Whalen* Independent
- 1996 Ron MacLean CBC
- 1997 Don Pilling* Lethbridge Herald
- 1998 Steve Fallwell CJOC Lethbridge
- 1999 Danny Rode Red Deer Advocate
- 2000 Bob Ridley CHAT TV & Radio
- 2001 Bill Powers* QR77 Radio
- 2002 Terry Jones Edmonton Sun
- 2003 Joe Carbury Calgary Stampede Announcer
- 2004 Bryan Hall 630 CHED Radio
- 2006 John Down Calgary Herald
- 2007 Wes Montgomery* 630 CHED
- 2008 Dwayne Erickson* Rodeo Journalist
- 2010 Grant Pollock Global Calgary
- 2012 Lorne Starko Multimedia, Red Deer
- 2013 Bob Scammell Outdoor Sports Writer
- 2014 Rod Phillips “Voice of the Oilers”
- 2015 Peter Maher “Voice of the Flames”
- 2016 Graham Kelly Football Writer
Did you know that March 1st is National Pig day?
In honour of this entertaining event, our Artefact of the Month is a paper mache pig that has been signed by several ASHFM Honoured Members.
Can you match the signature to the Honoured Member name?
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On display this month, we have Replica Calgary Stampeders uniform of Honoured Member Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson.This month's Artefact of the Month has special meanings to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Why is this unique?
1. February is Black History Month.
"Black History Month provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society, which was founded in 1978." - Historica Canada Website http://blackhistorycanada.ca
2. February is Honoured Member Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson's Birthday.
Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson became a legend in the late 1930s. He was an amazing football player, however, times were different, and from 1933-1946, there were no black players in the NFL. In the southern United States, no black or white players were allowed to play on the same field, a condition that was ruled by law.
The Calgary Stampeders saw Sugarfoot playing semi-pro football in Los Angeles and needed a defensive end for the 1949 season. Although Sugarfoot had already retired from football, he headed up to Canada after the Canadian Football League jumped at the chance to sign talented players who were ignored in the US because of their skin colour. Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson became an instant hero in Calgary. He spent seven seasons playing with the Stampeders.
To read more about Sugarfoot Anderson's amazing achievements, check out the ASHFM website which includes the ASHFM Induction Biography, Interview, and Vignette. http://ashfm.ca/hall-of-fame-honoured-members/browse/athlete/anderson-ezzrett-sugarfoot
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January is National Soup Month, and in honour of this great month, ASHFM would like to showcase some of our spoons!
These spoons are commemorative spoons from the W.A.A.F. Championships. They belonged to Track & Field Honoured Member Elsie Barlow.