JNT alum, Jimmy Ralph, hoists Grey Cup with Argos

 Canadian Junior National Team alumnus Jimmy Ralph (Raymond, Alta.) was a member of the Grey-Cup winning Toronto Argonauts on Sunday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Canadian Junior National Team alumnus Jimmy Ralph (Raymond, Alta.) was a member of the Grey-Cup winning Toronto Argonauts on Sunday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Junior National Team alum Jimmy Ralph is a Grey Cup champion.

A 25-year-old wide receiver from Raymond, Alta., Ralph helped the Toronto Argonauts capture the Canadian Football League’s top prize as they defeated the Calgary Stampeders, 27-24, to win the 105th Grey Cup on Sunday.

Ralph, a rookie with the Argos after a two-year stint with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, spent two seasons with the Junior National Team program and represented Canada at the 2010 International Baseball Federation 18U Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., where he helped the squad to a fourth-place finish.

Following the tournament, Ralph turned in his baseball spikes to concentrate solely on football joining the Calgary Colts junior football program before attending Weber State in Ogden, Utah and ultimately landing at the University of Alberta.

It was at the U of A where he became a second team All-Canadian which turned into a free agent tryout with the Argos where he made the squad and dressed for his first CFL game on June 25 of this year.

Including the Grey Cup, Ralph dressed for 17 games with the Argos and had 26 receptions for 278 yards.

Ralph comes from athletic bloodlines with older brothers Brock and Brett having lengthy careers in the CFL, while Brock was a 1999 draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Ralph family now has three Grey Cup rings with Jimmy joining brother Brock who won two titles as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.