This is going to be a hybrid post.. It's another Canadians in the Majors, but at the same time, a memorial for the recently passed Pete Ward.
Pete Ward was born July 26, 1937 in Montreal and lived there until the family moved to Portland Oregon in 1945.
Pete's father, Jimmy Ward, was a player in the NHL, playing for the Montreal Maroons. Interestingly enough, Jimmy was born in Fort William (now part of Thunder Bay)
Pete took to baseball when they moved to Portland. He was signed by Baltimore as an amateur free agent and was working his way up the system. He was a Third Baseman, but with Brooks Robinson firmly entrenched, he was going to play the outfield.