When Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) investigates the abduction of Lucille Messing (Tori Anderson) a shy, churchgoing librarian, he's stunned to discover his former love, Anna Fulford (Lisa Faulkner), working at the library under an alias. Murdoch has grave fears for her safety since the Black Hand, a criminal syndicate responsible for murdering her fiancé, still has a price on her head. Realizing that Lucille's disappearance was not a case of mistaken identity, Anna believes that since she's already been in Toronto for months unnoticed, her life is no longer threatened. Goaded by a rival police inspector, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) enlists Constable Crabtree (Johnny Harris), Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) and the rest of the constabulary to form a baseball team. Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) finds herself in a jail cell at the station house after a scandalized citizen complains that she's teaching birth control to women. Though Murdoch's religious beliefs conflict ... Written by
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Brackenreid uses the expression "Cooperstown's Finest" as Crabtree throws a baseball in police headquarters. As a matter of fact, in 1899 there was a great controversy whether baseball was even invented in the U.S. at all as many thought it a variation on the British game of rounders. The fallacious claim that the game was invented by future Civil War hero Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown in 1839 stemmed from the findings of a 1909 commission formed by Albert Goodwill Spalding tasked with discovering the origin of the game. Its dubious conclusion was based on a letter it received by a septuagenarian with a penchant for tall tales and a weather-beaten hand-stitched baseball with no provenance. Doubleday never claimed to have invented baseball in Cooperstown or anywhere else. In fact, documentation exists that the game was being played in 18th Century Massachusetts. In order to boost tourism in their small New York State village, a baseball museum was dedicated in Cooperstown in 1936 and founded with its first five inductees in 1939. Brackenreid would have had no reason to connect Cooperstown and baseball ten years before Spalding's committee came to its dubious conclusion. See more
Detective William Murdoch
[as they stand at the bar in a sleazy saloon
You know, you're the only woman in this bar who isn't engaged in the entertainment of men.
Am I not entertaining?