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Artefact: Signed Pig
Year: 2000s
Number:  2010.25.01
Material: Paper Mache

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?



Artefact: Football Uniform
Year: 1940s
Number:  82.02.01, 82.02.02, 82.01.03
Team Calgary Stampeders

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

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.



Artefact: Spoons
Year: Unknown
Number:  82.02.01, 82.02.02, 82.01.03

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.

Ponoka News: Ponoka’s Marilyn Chidlow now a hall of famer

Ponoka’s own Marilyn Chidlow has been inducted in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made Monday, Feb. 22 at the hall of fame building in Red Deer where Chidlow, along with Brian, Tom and Bud (Vernon) Butterfield were inducted.

Chidlow was inducted for her dedication to the sport of figure skating in Canada. Indeed, CanSkate, the watchdog for standards of training and development for figure skaters across the country grew in part thanks to her influence.

In an interview, Chidlow said she received the call early in February that she was to be inducted and it came as a complete surprise. She developed a love of the sport as a young girl in Winnipeg, Man. “I can remember my first carnival. I was a Dalmatian dog.”

She found her way to Edmonton and then Red Deer and eventually to Ponoka.

“I could remember really striving for the tests I took because then we could skate indoors,” said Chidlow of her experience with skating in Edmonton.

Life continued on for Chidlow who moved with Glen to Ponoka in 1973 to start a chiropractic service. Helping the Ponoka Skate Club was something she enjoyed. “We coached the little babies and the mom and tot program,” she recalled.

This was the beginning stage of Chidlow’s deep involvement as a volunteer instructor with the training program for coaches and skaters. Chidlow was first asked to join the Ponoka club’s board and eventually the provincial board and to the top with Skate Canada.

In 1992 she was vice-president of Skate Canada, and eventually president from 2000 to 2006 and past-president from 2007 to 2013.

With a group of dedicated planners, she helped develop the CanSkate program that is the main standard of training and development. Her focus has always been to benefit the skaters.

Her dedication to the sport cannot be questioned.

During the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Chidlow, found herself in the middle of a media frenzy. The infamous decision that saw Canadian skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier awarded silver medals despite a strong performance put judges and their decisions into question.

Being president of Skate Canada, as a volunteer, put Chidlow in the limelight and she said it was a tumultuous time for skating. The Canadian press bit into the decision and how it was handled. She was challenged as someone who let the Canadian team down in national newspapers and news shows. “It was a really low moment for us in sports.”

Skaters she had helped nurture in the training program were hurt by that judging scandal. Seeing them at the podium receiving the silver medals is something that haunts Chidlow to this day.

On a positive note, Chidlow used the lessons in Salt Lake City as a tool to help drive change in the judging system. “It provided us with a new judging system that can be measured,” she said.

Because of that issue she stayed on as president until 2006 and feels there is some vindication for the skaters who were eventually awarded gold medals.

What kept her steady throughout the whole process, from training young coaches and tot skaters to being under the media spotlight was the athletes. “We just wanted to make it better for future athletes,” she said.

Chidlow’s efforts in Salt Lake City earned her a bronze participation medal.

Looking back at the the ups and downs and Chidlow says she is proud of the work Skate Canada did and for the advances made in training and in judging at a professional level.

2016.43.03 is a small Handheld Broom used by the umpire to clear home base. Donated by Pat Houston.

Why to the Umpires need to sweep off home plate?

During the course of a game, the plate can be obscured by dirt by the players who are batting, running or approaching the plate (running/sliding into home). The edges, in particular, can be obscured relatively quickly and easily by players kicking the dirt when they are at bat, the ball hitting the dirt, batters feet shifting and kicking up dirt when attempting to hit the pitched ball, runners/catchers making plays at home plate, etc. The umpire has to sweep the plate every so often for the following reasons:

  1. Whether or not a pitch to a batter is a ball or a strike depends in part on where the ball crosses the plate-the ump has to be able to see the entire plate including the edges of the plate in order to determine if the ball's path to the plate was outside of the plate's contours or not. If the ball's path is within the contours of the plate or on its edges it's a strike; if outside, a ball.
  2. When a player runs home, in order to score the run, he has to touch the plate, and the ump needs to see the entire plate in order to be able to determine if the plate was touched before he was tagged.
  3. Unlike the other bases, home plate is not above grade-it is at grade, making it very likely that the base will be covered up with dirt during the course of the game. The other bases, being mounted above the ground level, don't really have this problem, so they don't need to be swept.

ASHFM  2016.14.11

This is a mounted ATCO torch from the 2016 Alberta Winter Games torch relay. The torch is silver with carved wooden handle that has the Alberta Winter Games Medicine Hat logo carved in. Torch is mounted onto a plaque that is shaped like the province of Alberta.

The plaque was presented to the Medicine Hat Alberta Games Society who donated it to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as a token of the games.


2016 Alberta Summer Games

From July 14th to the 17th, 2016 over 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from across Alberta will be in Leduc to compete, learn and share experiences of a lifetime at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games.

Athletes ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old representing 14 different sports will befriend teammates and competitors from eight regional zones.

Over 2,000 volunteers and 100+ sponsors will pull together to meet a challenge and a common goal: to make the 2016 Alberta Summer Games in Leduc the “Best Ever” Alberta Games.