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Catalog Number 2013.55.7
Object Name Video
Title Matt Baldwin
Scope & Content Matt Baldwin:

1 of 2; 02:13Talks of being born and raised in Saskatchewan, one-room schoolhouse, grew up in the 1930's, played school sports until went away to high school and became involved in curling at age 14 in grade 9; the young men were away at war and the older guys got them (young students) to fill in; played at University of Saskatchewan, then switched to University in Edmonton and played intervarsity curling
5:20Everyone watched the Saturday night hockey game, people like Syl Apps, Foster Hewitt and Gordie Howe
6:11About taking curling seriously - "It creeps up on you, you don't realize that you are going to be better than anyone else"; starting winning and getting attention, realized he was as good as others, although not better; talks about the Bonspiel Games, got a team together, won the Edmonton bonspiel in 1954 and the Canadian championships
8:52Talks about being at the University only allowed time to do one sport; talks about the physical aspects of sweeping
10:1160 years ago curlers were not really sliding yet, they just threw from the hack; he watched Ken Watson go out to the middle of the house, so in 1954 he started to experiment with sliding; the physical part of sliding was starting to get in the game (1950's), when he left the game (1970's) everyone was sliding; start of curling being a 'real sport', with strategy
12:41Real advantage to sliding was that it gave you a chance to aim the rock better, more skill involved in game once sliding started to take place, at that time no rules against sliding into the house until the Curling Association put in rules
14:23Who did you learn a lot from? Ken Watson from Winnipeg, who won 3 Briers
15:41Talks about the 3 different teams he had for the Briers; different from today where you get to put teams together and then stick with them, in his day you looked for talent, talks about his third becoming his biggest competition
18:09About knowing another skip's strategy: in a tough competition you would look for their weak spots, not use the same strategy today; strategy changed due to major rule change of the free guard rule; before you just hammered away, now you have all kinds of rocks in play, game more fun to watch
20:25Would you change your strategy if you played today? TV caused major changes in the way the ice and the rocks are prepared, so they all do the same thing; in his day not like that, rocks could behave different; the ice now can let you play shots; talks about the straw brooms leaving bits on the ice and causing shots to be missed and the new brushes that leave nothing behind
23:54Talks about the technology in the 1950's used to pebble the ice
32:13Difference between the game in the 1950's and today - players are younger, for the longest time I was the youngest skip to win the Brier; in the 1950's they were using wide brooms, talks about the "pot belly" on some of the curlers
36:31Talks about winning shots at the Brier - at that point they did not have playoffs, so they had already won the Brier, talks about last shot and the crowd calling for him to slide, so he slid out past the house and put the rock right on the button; also talks about the 1957 match with Garnett Campbell
2 of 2; Continues to talks about the shot and talks about his family and brother and farming in Saskatchewan
3:30Life lesson: The fellowship you learned in curling. Curling is a sportsman game, we shake hands after the game. Fellowship and sportsmanship, you just can't cheat in curling.
4:22Did you learn more from winning to losing? The winning was, I don't want to use the term 'character building' but it certainly gave you a certain amount of growing up. The losing was in some cases the best thing that ever happened to you. I've had some tough losses and some that shouldn't have happened, the thing about curling, you eliminate luck as much as possible. There is a lot of luck involved. Losing is a character builder and I'm glad I lost a few of them when I did. It taught me winning wasn't everything."
5:52The fun moments would have dome from the social part of it.
7:28What does it mean to be a member of the CSHoF? It's big time. It means more to me now. I didn't realize how few people were in it. Imagine me, a little guy from a small town in Saskatchewan being a member of the CSHoF and there are only 482 other people in it. That to me is mind boggling. It's an honour.
8:40About being competitive in the game: talks about the social aspects of the game and how it is coming back; the competitive teams today don't loosen up as much, too much at stake
9:49Talks about how you can put together a team with 3 other people and not need to be competitve



Year Range from 1954
Year Range to 1971
Subjects curling
Canadian Brier Championship
Search Terms innovative
honesty
strategy
sense of humour
humility
sportsmanship