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.