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April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It turns out that April 13 is a fairly significant date in Canadian baseball history. Over the years, four Canadians made their major league debuts on this date, while Pete Rose made history as a Montreal Expo and a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer preserved a win for TomContinue reading “April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you examine a list of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Opening Day starting pitchers, all the names you’d expect to see are on it. There’s Roy Halladay (seven Opening Day starts), Dave Stieb (four), Jimmy Key (three), Pat Hentgen (two) and Jim Clancy (two). Other prominent names on theContinue reading “Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today”

Five things you should know about . . . Marquis Grissom

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who is the most exciting player in Montreal Expos history? I’m not talking about the club’s best player or most productive hitter, but who’s the one Expo you found to be consistently electrifying? Who’s the one Expo whose athleticism regularly astounded you? Tim Raines, Andre Dawson and Vladimir GuerreroContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Marquis Grissom”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the bigContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista”

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