Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – June 12


In my imagination, Spike Owen is saying, “Hey you. Yeah, you! Smile. It’s Friday.”


By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

I’ve been posting an “Uplifting Canadian Baseball Photo/Video of the Day” on Twitter and Facebook.

I realize that many of you don’t follow me on social media, so each Friday, my plan is to share three of these posts with you (from the previous five days).

I hope these photos/videos will bring a smile to your face during these challenging times.

1. Tim Raines records his 800th major league stolen base at Olympic Stadium.

This speedy Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee recorded 635 stolen bases as a Montreal Expo. Fittingly, when he returned to Olympic Stadium as a member of the New York Yankees on June 10, 1998 (22 years ago this past Wednesday), he registered his 800th career stolen base. Expos fans, as you’ll see in the video below, responded with a lengthy standing ovation.

I shared this video on Twitter on Wednesday and got a response from Raines himself (below).

Screenshot_2020-06-12 (5) Kevin Glew ( coopincanada) Twitter

2. A reminder of how good Devon White was in centre field for the Toronto Blue Jays

The video is self-explanatory.

3. The Canadian connection to the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.

Wednesday was the 23rd anniversary of the remarkable catch made by Angels centre fielder Jim Edmonds in the video below.

So what’s the Canadian connection to this catch? Well, that’s Baseball Canada president Jason Dickson (Miramichi, N.B.) pitching for the Angels. He hurled seven innings and allowed just one earned run that day in the Angels’ 6-2 win over the Royals.

Published by cooperstownersincanada

Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.

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