Matt Stairs

Category

Athlete

Sport

Baseball

Hometown

Fredericton

Year Inducted

2012

Sport Ambassador

athlete

Matt Stairs

HONOURED MEMBER

Biography

Matt Stairs, of Fredericton, had an outstanding career as a Major League Baseball player. His 23 pinch-hit home runs are a major league record and his 265 career homers, the second-most ever by a Canadian, include six 20-plus seasons. He had 899 runs-batted-in, including two 100-plus years. Stairs was the first New Brunswick player since 1906 to win a World Series while playing for the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. He ranks first among Canadian players with most consecutive seasons (11) with 100 or more games played. He holds the MLB record for playing for the greatest number of teams (13) and his 19-year major league career is among the longest by any Canadian player. Stairs is known throughout baseball as a dedicated, hard-working player and team leader. Enrolled into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 9, 2012

Quick Facts

  • Became the second New Brunswicker to be a part of a World Series winning baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 

  • Claims the two Major League Baseball titles: for greatest number of pinch-hit home runs at 23 and for holding the MLB record for playing for the greatest number of teams (13) 

  • Stats: .262 batting average, 265 career homeruns, and 899 runs-batted-in, including two 100-plus years 

  • Ranks first among Canadian players with most consecutive seasons (11) with 100 or more games played 

  • His 19-year major league career is among the longest by any Canadian player