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Artefact: Baseball Bat
Accession #: 90.34.02
Year: 1950s

Baseball bats began to be produced for the general public by the Louisville Company around the end of the 19th century. Early bats were heavy, made of ash wood, and had a very cylindrical shape to them with a thick handle. As baseball became more and more popular, bats started to be perfected and their shapes came to resemble the present-day bat with a heavy barrel and thinner handle. Metal bats also began to be manufactured and remain the most common option for casual or little league baseball; however, they are banned for use in the MLB. Bats continue to evolve with varying styles of handle now being used at all levels of the sport, ranging from tapered, wider handles, to an axe-shaped handle.

 This bat belonged to Honoured Member Glen Gorbous, who played several years in the minor leagues and a season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 

 

december

Artefact: Referee Sweater- 1995 World Jr. Hockey
Accession #: 95.12.08
Year: 1990s

Up until the 1950’s NHL official’s sported a cream-colored sweater and a necktie. In the early 1950’s they began wearing a bright orange colored sweater to further distinguish themselves from teams’ white sweaters. The orange uniforms, however, proved difficult for fans to distinguish from the dark uniformed home team while watching television broadcasts with no color. On December 29, 1955, officials began wearing the iconic black and white striped sweater which remains in use to this day. By 1970, NHL referees adopted orange bands across their arms in order to differentiate themselves from the linesmen. Hockey leagues from across the world would eventually adopt this style of officiating attire. The sweater seen here is from the 1995 World Junior Championship in Red Deer where Team Canada captured its eighth gold medal. The event is hosted annually by the International Ice Hockey Federation, with the 2018-19 tournament taking place from December 26 - January 5 in Vancouver and Victoria.

 

 

november

Artefact:
  • H. Viney WWII Helmet
  • Accession #: 1980.02.862
    Year: 1940s

     

    This helmet was worn by honoured member Henry Viney during his time serving in WWII. It is a British-style MK2 helmet that was used by the Canadian forces. The helmet is an improved version of the famous British Brodie helmet that had been developed and issued to soldiers during the First World War. The helmet is made of steel with a leather lining and a wide brim designed to protect against shrapnel.

     Henry Viney served five years in the instructional staff of the Canadian Army during the Second World War and upon his return began working for CFCN Calgary. Viney began his broadcasting career in 1932 and continued broadcasting across four decades. In 1967, he received the Foster Hewitt award as Canada’s Outstanding Sportscaster. Viney was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. 

     

     

    october

    Artefact: Football Helmet
    Accession #: 2007.03.01
    Year: 1950s

     

    Football helmets began to be used in the 1920s and were made of hardened leather that covered the top of the head and the ears. They had no facial protection or straps to fasten them to the players head. It was not until the 1950s that helmets began to resemble there modern incarnations consisting of hardened plastic, face masks and chin straps. The first plastic helmets had minimal inner protection and face masks of only a single bar across the lower portion of the helmet.

     This helmet was worn by Honoured Member Elmer ‘Rollie’ Miles of the Edmonton Eskimos during the 1950s. Miles is a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame and is a 3 time Grey Cup champion. He played multiple positions including running back, linebacker, defensive back and special teams.

     

     

     

    september

    Artefact: Fencing Foil
    Accession #: 2001.08.02
    Year: 1950s

    Fencing comprises three subdivisions, each named after the specific blade used: the foil, the epee and the sabre. Modern foil blades are up to 110 cm in length with a maximum weight of 500 grams and a blunted point. Foil fencers score points by making touches with the point of their sword only on the torso of their opponent. Since the hand is not an eligible area to score touches, foil swords have a very small hand guard. The hilts of foil swords often have a pistol-like grip such as this one or a small crossguard and wrist strap.

    Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports and developed from the historical practice of swordsmanship throughout Europe, with its practice as a sport emerging toward the end of the 19th century. Modern-day fencing requires the use of helmets, coats, gloves and other protective equipment. It is one of only five sports having been featured in every modern Olympic Games.

     

     

    2018Aug

    Artefact: Tennis Racquet
    Accession #: 80.01.02
    Year: 1930-38

    This wooden tennis racquet was used by Honoured Member Marjorie Eustace in the 1930s. She started her career in 1922 when she entered and won the Provincial Tennis Tournament. She went on to win 49 City of Calgary Open Championships, 21 Alberta Championships, and 4 Western Canadian Championships. Marjorie Eustace dominated tennis in Alberta until her retirement in 1958. Marjorie is also a 9 times Alberta Ladies Singles Champion, and a 16 times Calgary Ladies’ champion.