James F. Cairns

From BR Bullpen

Lawrence F. Cairns was born in Lawrenceville, QC on March 23, 1870 but soon moved west to Saskatoon, SK. There he became the founder of one the strongest semi-pro teams in western Canada, the Saskatoon Berrypickers, who eventually joined the Western Canada League. The local baseball diamond, Cairns Field, was built at his behest and was considered the finest one in western Canada at the time. When the league disbanded, he created the annual Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament which ran until 1969.

He passed away in Saskatoon on March 18, 1928. He was elected posthumously to the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2021 was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its class of Canadian baseball pioneers.

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