Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – June 27

Few things were better than seeing Gary Carter smile in the 1980s.

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 at the end of each week, 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. 19th anniversary of Stubby Clapp’s first MLB hit.

It was 19 years ago on Monday that this sparkplug Windsor, Ont., native walked to the plate and smacked a ninth-inning double off San Francisco Giants right-hander Livan Hernandez to record his first big league hit.

It was one of the most heartwarming moments in Canadian baseball history. A 5-foot-8, 175-pound infielder, who was selected in the 36th round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996, Clapp was a longshot to make the big leagues. But through grit, hustle, hard work, heart and desire, he got there. He is a true inspiration.

My tweet commemorating his first hit was one of my most popular this week. Clapp, himself, even responded.


2. 48th anniversary of Gary Carter signing his first contract with the Montreal Expos.

It was 48 years ago this past Tuesday that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary catcher Gary Carter signed his first contract with the Montreal Expos. I sent out a tweet on Tuesday to commemorate this transaction. Carter reportedly received a $35,000 signing bonus.

3. Carlos Delgado turned 48 on Thursday.

To celebrate Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Toronto Blue Jays legend Carlos Delgado’s 48th birthday on Thursday, I tweeted out footage of his four-home run game on September 25, 2003 at SkyDome.

This is still the greatest individual offensive performance by a Blue Jay that I’ve ever seen — and likely ever will see.


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  1. Tom Valcke – Stratford, Ontario – Tom Valcke put his iCASE Baseball Academy as well as his position of Head Coach at George Brown College into hiatus, when Hong Kong brought him there in 2018 to serve as head coach of their Men's Olympic baseball team, where he finished with unprecedented success in the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, spiking their WBSC World Ranking from #41 to #28 in just one year under his tutelage. China then scooped up Valcke, as he became the GM and Head Coach of Panda Sport and Culture, a division of the China Olympic Federation, overseeing baseball and softball, and training the national team coaches of baseball and softball, men's and women's teams. Panda Sport and Culture is based in Zhongshan, China's nationally recognized "#1 Baseball City," located on the southeast tip of China, and has a climate much like Florida. On his own initiative, he spent his evenings working with the local coaches of Zhongshan's local amateur youth baseball teams. For the first time in history, the same city won all four 2019 China National Championship gold medals, in 18U, 15U, 12U and 10U, that city being Zhongshan! Valcke worked with the China Baseball Association and Major League Baseball in helping the world's largest country accelerate their evolution into baseball, and helped them design and build a professional baseball stadium, a 600-room dormitory, and a new HQ for Panda Sport and Culture, where he held the role of CEO, in charge of a staff of 60. Valcke, former Technical Director, and Executive Director of Baseball Canada, and former coach of Team Canada, remains a baseball analyst with CBC Canada Radio and TV. The former president/CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, who spent a decade as the Canadian Supervisor with the Major League Baseball Central Scouting Bureau, served as a television broadcaster for the Montreal Expos, the GM of the Calgary Cannons Triple-A club, and the CEO/Head Coach of the World Children's Baseball Fair. He is the proud father of Alanna, Jaxon and Mia, and lucky husband of Paula since 1987. Jaxon and Mia are current star players and captains, respectively, of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds baseball and softball teams. Mia also became the second female in history to play in World Cups for Team Canada Women's baseball team as well as Team Canada Women's softball team. https://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/canadian-baseball-network-articles/baseball-nomad-valcke-a-top-amateur-executive http://www.wbsc.org/csta-prestige-awards-honors-tom-valcke/ https://cooperstownersincanada.com/2012/01/23/valcke-recognized-for-global-baseball-efforts/
    Tom Valcke says:

    Great stuff as usual Kevin. I just watched the entire game from the NLDS when Jim Fanning’s Expos (remember, he took over the field manager’s position that September!), edged the Phillies in the fifth game of the best of five. Steve Rogers, MVP, beat “Lefty”, for the second time in the same series, tossing a brilliant complete game that the Expos won in Philly 3-0. As good as Rogers was, how many pitchers in history could walk away from a best-of-five with a pair of complete games, and beating Steve Carlton in the process??? On top of his gem in game 5, Rogers stroked his second up-the-middle single in the fifth with the bases loaded to break the scoreless tie, bringing in a pair of runs, and alertly took second base when Philly 1B Pete Rose cut the throw home and tried to nail Jerry Manuel at 3B. BTW, after Rogers’ first base hit of the game in the third inning, wearing the traditional long sleeved jacket that pitchers would wear after reaching base, he attempted, and would have made it, to steal 2B! But the hitter fouled off the pitch. Loved, absolutely loved watching Fanning, Rogers, Carter & company celebrate a huge win, arguably the biggest win, in Expos history! BTW Kevin, or Scott, if you’re interested in viewing the game, I have it saved, actually, both Game 5 and Game 1, and can send them to you if you wish.

  2. 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.
    cooperstownersincanada says:

    Yes, indeed, Scott. Thanks for your support and for reading, Scott.

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