By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
This is a challenging, unprecedented and difficult time in our history.
And I’ll admit that there have been times during this COVID-19 pandemic where I’ve struggled to feel hopeful rather than hopeless. But I’m trying to remain upbeat and am waiting patiently for that elusive light at the end of the corona-virus infested tunnel.
To boost my spirits over the past month, I’ve been searching for Canadian baseball photos and videos that cheer me up or bring a smile to my face. In fact, I’ve been posting an “Uplifting Canadian Baseball Photo/Video of the Day” on Twitter and Facebook every day.
I realize that many of you don’t follow me on social media, so I thought I would begin sharing the top three (most retweeted or liked) of these photos/videos with you each week.
I also wanted to thank you for your support and wish you all the best as we wait out this crazy virus.
I also hope these photos/videos will bring a smile to your face.
1. Photo of Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) signing autographs at Wrigley Field sometime between 1967 and 1972.
We’re all Canadian baseball fans, so I don’t think I need to explain why this is awesome.
2. Video – Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Henke records his 300th career save.
Like you, I wish The Terminator had accomplished this feat with the Blue Jays, but if you’ve met him, you can’t help but cheer for him, no matter what uniform he’s wearing. Henke’s heart is as big as his stature and physique. Before his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, he told a pack of reporters (myself included) that he met his wife while ordering a Big Mac at McDonald’s. This is one of my favourite baseball stories and I sure would love to see his No. 50 on the Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence in the future.
3. Photo – 1990 Upper Deck Montreal Expos “Rookie Threats” baseball card.
This is my favourite card in the 1990 Upper Deck set and it illustrates just how good the Montreal Expos scouting department was in the late ’80s. This card features Delino DeShields, Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker, and between the three of them, they would accumulate 5,959 major league hits, 690 home runs and 1,122 stolen bases.
And just look at those gorgeous uniforms.