In 1934, the Yankees released Babe Ruth. The guy who replaced him was a Canadian. George Selkirk was born in Huntsville, ON—though his father quit his job as a mortician and moved south to Rochester, NY… where young George caught the attention of some scouts. At 18, he was already playing professionally—including a stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs ball club—and soon found himself called up to the Yankees. Babe Ruth had his own Canadian connections—he was taught to play by a guy from Cape Breton, was signed by the Quebec-born owner of the Red Sox, launched his first professional home run in Toronto, and always (untruthfully) claimed he’d married a woman from Halifax in Montreal. But by 1934, Ruth was getting old, no longer a dominating force. So the Yankees just let him go. And it was Selkirk who was called upon to fit the void left by the greatest baseball player of all-time. Suddenly, Selkirk was patrolling right field in Yankee stadium, playing alongside future Hall of Famers like Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. But he was getting booed doing it. The Bronx wasn’t ready to let the Babe go. Still, Selkirk wasn’t going to be intimidated either — even if his nickname *was* Twinkletoes. He didn’t just take the Babe’s position, he took his number 3. “I was just cocky enough,” he once explained. And as it turned out, Selkirk was up to the challenge. He hit over .300 5 times, made 2 All-Star teams, won 5 World Series. For a while, it looked like he might be destined for the Hall of Fame himself. But his career was hampered by injuries — in 1937, for instance, he dove for a ball on Canada Day and broke his collarbone — and soon, he would sacrifice it all for a much bigger cause. He turned in his pinstripes for a navy uniform during WWII & never played ball again. After the end of the war, Selkirk retired with a career OPS of .883—the rough for total offensive production—the same number as Jackie Robinson, higher than Donaldson, Bautista & Alomar. Today, he’s mostly forgotten by the annals of Yankees lore—overshadowed by his legendary teammates. But in 1983, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, one of the greatest Canadian baseball players ever.