LONDON, Ont. -- One holds the record for major league appearances by a Canadian, the other is considered one of the greatest second basemen the game has seen.
They were both Toronto Blue Jays, although not as teammates, and now Paul Quantrill and Roberto Alomar have something else in common -- they're going into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys.
They along with two posthumous honourees -- former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith and Allan Roth, considered the father of sabermetrics -- will be inducted June 19.
Quantrill, who was born in London and now lives in Port Hope, appeared in 841 games over his 13 1/2-year career, mostly in middle and late relief. He played with the Jays from 1996-2001, winning 30 games and saving 15 with a 3.67 earned-run average in 386 games. For his career, Quantrill had 68 wins, 21 saves and a 3.83 ERA with 725 strikeouts over 1,255 innings.
Alomar, a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, played 17 seasons in the majors, including five with the Jays from 1991-95, helping lead Toronto to its two World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He was the MVP of the 1992 American League championship series, during which he hit a memorable home run off Oakland A's reliever Dennis Eckersley. He finished as a 12-time all-star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner, with career totals of a .300 batting average, 210 home runs, 1,134 RBIs, 2,724 hits and 474 stolen bases.
While a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Alomar was involved in a nasty spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck. The two have long since patched up their differences and are now good friends. Hirschbeck backed Alomar's candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coopertown, N.Y., an honour that eluded Alomar by eight votes on his first year of eligibility this year.
Griffith, who was born Calvin Robertson in Montreal, was adopted by his uncle, Clark Griffith, in 1924 at the age of 12. He assumed ownership of the Washington Senators in 1955 and the team moved to Minneapolis in 1961, where they became the Minnesota Twins. He sold the team to Carl Pohland in 1984 and died in 1999.
Roth, also a native of Montreal, was the NHL's official statistician when he met with Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey in 1944 and introduced him to statistical analysis such as on-base percentage. He did the stats for the Dodgers from 1947 through 1964 and worked the NBC and ABC games of the week until 1990, giving the men in the booth the stats they discussed over the air.