Bobby Baun will always be remembered by Leaf fans for his heroics during the 1964 Stanley Cup Final versus Detroit when he scored the overtime winner in Game Six while playing on a broken ankle. He blocked a shot off the ankle with under seven minutes to play in the third period and was carried off the ice on a stretcher. On his first shift after doctors taped his ankle tightly and administered a shot of painkiller, Baun had the puck come to him at the point on a Detroit clearing attempt. He fired a shot that glanced off the stick of Detroit's Bill Gadsby and deflected over the shoulder of Terry Sawchuk just 1:43 into overtime. With Baun in the lineup, the Leafs captured their third straight Stanley Cup by winning 4-0 in Game Seven at Maple Leaf Gardens two days later.
Baun, who played an instrumental role on four Stanley Cup-winning teams for Toronto during the 1960s, arrived in the NHL during the 1956-57 season and patrolled the blueline for the Leafs until 1967. A tireless worker and punishing body-checker, Baun's greatest assets were his strength, endurance and ability to stand up opposing forwards at the blueline. A key member of the franchise's 1967 squad, Baun was claimed off the Leafs' roster by the California Seals in the 1967 Expansion Draft. He was re-acquired by the Leafs from St. Louis in exchange for Brit Selby on November 13, 1970 and the rearguard played in his final game on October 21, 1972.
Baun played in 739 career regular season games with Toronto and recorded 169 points. Nicknamed 'Boomer', he sits among the top 10 on the club's all-time penalty minute list with 1,155. In addition, among Leafs blueliners in the playoffs, Baun ranks second in games played (92) and third in penalty minutes (165).
Born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Baun made his NHL debut on November 29, 1956 when the Leafs faced the Canadiens and he was often paired on the blueline with Carl Brewer. Baun was on two Memorial Cup-winning teams during his junior career with the Toronto Marlboros in 1955 and 1956.