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Artefact: Baseball Cleats
Number: 2016.03.01
Year: 1940s - 1950s

Footwear in sports has always been a very important part of the uniform.  This pair of baseball cleats was used during the 1940s and 1950s.  These cleats are made out of heavy leather which makes them heavy and not very flexible. The cleats themselves are made out of steel which provides excellent grip, but in addition, adds weight.

It is easy to see how athletic shoes have changed when you look at cleats like these compared to modern cleats.  Modern baseball cleats are made out of lightweight materials and are designed to provide as much of an advantage as possible to the athlete wearing them including grip, flexibility, and support.



Artefact: Boxing Gloves
Number: 91.18.04 A & B
Colour: Red

These Everlast boxing gloves are from the mid-20th century. February is Black History Month and there have been many amazing black boxers throughout history including our own Allan Ford.

Allan Ford honed his skills as an athlete in the sport of boxing between 1962 and 1982. He rose from the ranks of a promising young amateur to an accomplished international professional boxer.

By age 16, he dominated his weight division and moved on to national dominance.  On September 27, 1968, at the age of 18, he became the youngest Canadian ever to win the Canadian Professional Lightweight Boxing Title. His success in the ring continued as he challenged the world's best. With a record of 31-0, the World Boxing Association ranked Allan Ford #3 in the world in 1971.

Read more about Allan Ford and his amazing accomplishments - Allan Ford ASHFM Hall of Fame Bio



Artefact: Roller Blades
Number: 2015.43.02 a & b

These roller skates are from the early 20th century and are quad style roller skates, meaning they have four wheels. They are designed to fit over any ordinary pair of shoes. They were made out of metal and are quite heavy compared to most modern roller skates.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, roller skating was very popular and manufacturers were making 1000s of pairs a day.


Artefact: Ice Skates
Accession #: 2016.29.01 A & B
Year: 1900s

Ice skates have been around for thousands of years. Today, when we think of ice skates, we think of hockey skates, figure skates, or speed skates.

These Dutch ice skates are from the early 1900s. The design of these skates is pretty simple. They strap onto the bottom of your shoes with the leather straps.

Originally, ice skates were designed to glide on top of ice rather than cut into it. Sharpening the blade of ice skates and adding edges to the blade made it so that the skate could cut into the ice. These types of ice skates were invented by the Dutch during the 13th and 14th century and have been the dominant design ever since.

Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.



Artefact: 100 Grey Cup Helmet
Accession #: 2016.19.01
Year: 2012

The 100th Grey Cup took place between the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts at the Rogers Center in Toronto. The Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup that year in 2012. This year, the 104th Grey Cup is in Toronto again but at a different venue, BMO Field. BMO Field is built where Exhibition Stadium used to be. This is not the first Grey Cup to be hosted on this site. 12 previous CFL Championships have taken place at Exhibition Stadium; the last being the 70th Grey Cup in 1982. This means that this is first Grey Cup to be held at the site in 34 years and the 13th Grey Cup to be hosted at the site. 

Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.



Artefact: Fencing Mask
Accession #:  2001.08.08
Year: 1940s

This spooky looking leather fencing mask is from the 1940s. Modern Fencing masks have a similar design but are made of more modern materials. Fencing made the transition to a sport from a military training exercise during the mid-18th century. The first competitive fencing competition took place in 1880. The amateur gymnastic and fencing association created the official set of fencing regulations in 1896. Fencing has taken place during every Olympic Games since the first ones in 1896. 

Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.