Early B.C. baseball gems donated to B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

The name Fredrick Augustus Jackson won’t ring any bells with modern sports fans. But in the 1880s and 1890s, he was one of B.C.’s top baseball players, a hard-hitting, slick-fielding shortstop.

In 1888, he received a special bat from his teammates on the Victoria Amities, probably because he was the team’s most valuable player.

His family still has the bat, 129 years later. For decades, it’s been tucked away in a closet, which has kept it in remarkable shape — it still has the original black “Spalding” label, as fresh as the day it was sold.

The public will soon be able to see this first hand, because Jackson’s descendants have just donated the bat to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

May 16, 1892. Portrait of Fredrick Augustus Jackson. Courtesy of Joanne Johnson. For a John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive]
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May 16, 1892. Portrait of Fredrick Augustus Jackson. Courtesy of Joanne Johnson.

The bat isn’t important just because of its age (it’s the oldest bat in the hall’s collection) and rarity. It’s important because it’s connected to the Amities, one of B.C.’s first sports teams.

“They were one of the earliest organized sports teams in B.C. that lasted longer than a season or two,” said Jason Beck, of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

“There’s photos of them in the B.C. Archives collection from the 1870s right through to the 1890s.”

The bat is among a treasure trove of early baseball, basketball, rugby and lacrosse memorabilia the family is donating from a collection assembled by Fred Jackson and his son Haley, who was a star first baseman in Victoria and Vancouver in the 1910s and 1920s.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Kim Campbell Blasts Trump Team As ‘The Faces Of Deceit’

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Kim Campbell isn’t shy to tell people what she really thinks about U.S. President Donald Trump.

The former prime minister blasted Trump’s team on Saturday for lying about its communication with Russia during the presidential campaign.

“In case you forget what pathological lying looks like!” Campbell wrote on Twitter. “Totally unconnected to any moral sense or conscience! The faces of deceit!”

In case you forget what pathological lying looks like! Totally unconnected to any moral sense or conscience! The faces of deceit! https://t.co/yEV5HhQkK2

— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) July 22, 2017

Attached was a video — including the President himself and two of his sons — denying that anyone from the Trump campaign had contact with Russian officials throughout the 2016 election.

I can’t stop watching this pic.twitter.com/oRNbixkhd1

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 21, 2017

It’s been revealed that Donald Trump Jr. and other team members had attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. was informed the information came from the Russian government as part of an attempt to help his father win the presidency.

He and others close to Trump denied collusion with Russia at least 20 times after this meeting took place, The Guardian reports.

Campbell, who was Canada’s first female prime minister in 1993, says she considers Trump a threat to democracy.

“We are in great peril,” Campbell told The Globe and Mail in an interview. “I am a passionate defender of democracy. And I was a Soviet specialist, and I’m watching resurgent authoritarianism supported by the ex-KGB officer who runs Russia.”

She’s also referred to the American president as a “self-celebrating sexual predator” and “a complete vandal who doesn’t understand anything.”

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Shooting At Toronto Backyard Birthday Party Leaves 2 Dead

TORONTO — Police say witnesses are not co-operating with an investigation into a shooting at a backyard birthday party that left two men dead and a woman in hospital in serious condition.

Det. Rob North says police were called to the home in Toronto’s east end at about 1 a.m. Sunday, where many of the 200 people attending the party were running from the scene.

Investigators say they understand many attendees fled for their safety and they’re asking them to contact police.

Unclear who shooters were targeting

North says it’s still too early to know whether the shooter or shooters were guests at the party, and it’s not yet clear who the intended target was.

Police say two men — Rinaldo Cole, 33, and Dwayne Campbell, 30 — died at the scene, while the woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and has since been upgraded to serious condition.

Investigators are also asking anyone with backyard surveillance video in the neighbourhood to submit it to police.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada