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How Alberta’s Betty Carveth Dunn Became Part of Baseball History

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Born in 1925, Betty Carveth grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and became a part of baseball history.

Betty Carveth was one of only sixty-four Canadian women to play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  A right-handed pitcher, she played during the 1945 season with the Rockford Peaches and was traded mid-season to the Fort Wayne Daisies.  She returned home to Edmonton and became the city’s first female Little League Baseball coach and coached the boys for 10 years.  At the age of 12, she pitched for the Twilight Ladies Softball team which won three Peace River Championships in a row.  In the mid-1940s, she pitched for Edmonton’s top-rated Walk-Rite women’s baseball team.

Betty played for the Walk-Rite team from 1943-1945 at the age of eighteen to twenty.  It was during this time that a scout saw her play and asked her to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the United States; a league that was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”  Betty played from April to October in 1945, earning $75 a week – which was four times more than she had made as a secretary back in Edmonton.  There was a list of rules and a dress code the players had to abide to, both on and off the field.  They attended a half day of beauty school and were told to look and act like ladies, however while on the field, they were to play ball like men.  Sliding into a base or making a flying catch was not pleasant as the uniforms were short dresses, knee socks, and caps which provided very little protection.

When the 1945 season closed, Betty returned to Edmonton and demonstrated her love for baseball by promoting and signing autographs throughout the years that followed.  She was named Ambassador of Baseball for the inaugural IBAF (International Baseball Federation) Women’s World Baseball Championship in 2004 and then named Special Ambassador in 2012.  She threw the ceremonial first pitch at both tournaments and did again in 2015 at one of the Edmonton Prospects games.

As a member of the AAGPBL, Betty was inducted into the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, USA in 1988.  She was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 with the Canadian AAGPBL players.

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The story of Canada’s most-decorated curler Kevin Martin

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Todayville is proud to partner with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to showcase our province’s rich sports history.  We hope you enjoy this fascinating story of Canada’s most successful curler, Kevin Martin.  This video was originally produced for and showcased at Kevin’s induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Kevin Martin is the most decorated curler in Canadian history. His record as a skip started in 1985 as the Junior Men’s Alberta Champion. Kevin is a three-time Olympian and double medalist, having won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and a silver medal in 2002. Curling was a demonstration sport when he went to his first Olympics in 1992.

Nicknamed “the Old Bear” for his longevity in curling, Kevin is a 12-time provincial champion. He won four Canadian Brier Championship titles during his career in 1991, 1997, 2008 and 2009. He won the World Curling Championship in 2008. Kevin received the top ranking by the Canadian Curling Association from 2004 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2011.

Kevin was instrumental in the creation and development of the Grand Slam series for world-class curlers. He won a record number of 18 Grand Slam Championships and was the first curler to win each event and achieve the “career Grand Slam.”

Originally, the Grand Slam competition started as a Major event – the Player’s Championship. During the 2015 season, there were five events. Through the Grand Slam series, Kevin helped bring more competition, sponsorship and prize money to curling. The awareness and popularity of curling also grew from a recreational sport for a few, to a spectator sport with thousands of people attending the events and millions watching on TV.

Kevin thrived in other forms of competition and activities. He set the benchmark as a Skins Game money winner. He also created and organized the Kevin Martin Summer Curling Academy camp for junior curlers. Since 1991, he has owned and operated his own business, Kevin’s Rocks-n-Racquets.

After retiring as a competitor in 2014, Kevin joined Sportsnet as a colour analyst for their curling broadcasts. Kevin Martin was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in August 2014.

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Alberta’s rich sports history- figure skating’s Jamie Sale and David Pelletier

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Todayville is proud to partner with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to showcase our rich sports history. We hope you enjoy this fascinating story of Jamie Sale and David Pelletier’s rise to the top of the figure skating world. This video was originally produced and showcased at their induction ceremony in 2004.

Red Deer, Alberta’s Jamie Sale and Sayabec, Quebec’s David Pelletier both started skating at a very young age. Jamie made her pairs Olympic debut at the 1994 Lillehammer Games at the age of 16 and later that year decided to pursue a singles career. She placed fifth as a solo at the 1995 Canadian Nationals in Halifax. David was an avid hockey player at the age of 15 when he made the choice to focus on figure skating. On March 10, 1998, Jamie and David brought together their talents and love for the sport and officially became a pairs team.

The pair was faced with many challenges when injuries struck both Jamie and David. Taking into account the time lost to injuries, the pair had been skating together for only a year when they came back to win the 1999 Skate America. They went on to win it again in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, Jamie and David won the first of their three Canadian Championships, and became the first pairs team ever to receive five perfect “6.0” scores. They won the World Championships in 2001, Skate Canada in 2000 and 2001, Four Continents Championships in 2000 and 2001, Hallmark Challenge Skaters Championships in 2002, Sears Open Figure Skating Championships in 2002, Grand Prix Final in 2001 and 2002, Ice Wars Championships in 2003 and the 2003 World Team Challenge.

The culmination of a lifelong dream came for Jamie and David came in February 2002, when they won a Gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics. They won the hearts of millions of fans around the world for the incredible grace and dignity they had demonstrated both on and off the ice.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and learn about famous Alberta sports celebrities.

Kyle Shewfelt- A look back on Canada’s most successful gymnast

How Betty Carveth Dunn became a part of baseball history. She was in the original League of Her Own.

Jamie Sale and David Pelletier’s rise to the top of figure skating royalty and won the hearts of millions in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

Lawrence Lemieux: Danger and Sportsmanship on the High Seas.

Jack Daines Can Take a lot of credit for building rodeo in Canada.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. It is located on the QE2 just west of Red Deer.  Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities. Plan your birthday party, special events or corporate reception in a unique environment.

Visit the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

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