Family of Marty Healy donates his collection to Canadian ball hall

Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release St. Marys, Ont. – On what would’ve been Marty Healy’s 44th birthday, his family made the trek to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Marys, Ont., to donate his vast collection of jerseys worn by Canadian major leaguers. Marty, who co-authored (along with RichardContinue reading “Family of Marty Healy donates his collection to Canadian ball hall”

Former Expos manager Bill Virdon passes away at age 90

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos manager Bill Virdon passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90. The Pittsburgh Pirates, whom Virdon maintained ties with, announced his death on social media early Tuesday afternoon. Virdon was the dugout boss of the Montreal Expos in 1983 and for most of the 1984Continue reading “Former Expos manager Bill Virdon passes away at age 90”

Omar Malave, former Blue Jays coach and longtime minor league manager, passes away at 58

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Omar Malave, who spent more than three decades in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization as a player, coach and manager, passed away yesterday in Dunedin, Fla., at the age of 58. In a brave and heartbreaking post on Twitter, his daughter shared that her father ended his own life.Continue reading “Omar Malave, former Blue Jays coach and longtime minor league manager, passes away at 58”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Stubby Clapp, Jacob Robson, Ken Griffey Jr.

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It was 15 years ago today that Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) became the first – and still only – Canadian to win the American League Most Valuable Player award. In his 2006 season, MorneauContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Stubby Clapp, Jacob Robson, Ken Griffey Jr.”

Strong list of candidate for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award

November 19, 2021 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release St. Marys, Ont. – It’s likely the strongest crop of Tip O’Neill Award candidates in the history of the award. Six players born in Canada enjoyed outstanding major league seasons in 2021. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) challenged forContinue reading “Strong list of candidate for Canadian ball hall’s Tip O’Neill Award”

Yamamura becomes first individual Asahi player inducted into Canadian ball hall

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s a shame that Roy Yamamura wasn’t alive for his induction into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. His daughter Bonnie Fukuzama, who spoke on her father’s behalf during the Canadian ball hall’s virtual ceremony on Tuesday night, said her dad would’ve been overjoyed with the honour. “When I wasContinue reading “Yamamura becomes first individual Asahi player inducted into Canadian ball hall”

Jerry Johnson, winning pitcher in Blue Jays’ first game, passes away at 77

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jerry Johnson, who was the Toronto Blue Jays’ winning pitcher in their first-ever game, passed away on Monday after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He was 77. His wife, Susan Trautmann Johnson, announced his death on her Facebook page this afternoon.Continue reading “Jerry Johnson, winning pitcher in Blue Jays’ first game, passes away at 77”

But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Healy, Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Marty Healy would’ve turned 44 on Monday. He was a wonderful guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian baseball players and the co-author (with Richard Armstrong) of an excellent book about London, Ont., born big leaguer George Gibson. HeContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Marty Healy, Joey Votto, Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Tony Phillips

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada For the two weeks he spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in July 1998, Tony Phillips was the loudest player in the clubhouse. “TP”, as teammates called him, was profane, outspoken and without a filter. He played with a chip on his shoulder and every time he stepped onContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Tony Phillips”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Romano, Roy Halladay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -If your dream is to work in a front office position in Major League Baseball, here’s some inspiration for you: Montreal native Alex Anthopoulos started in professional baseball as an unpaid intern, organizing fan mail and photocopying game dayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Romano, Roy Halladay”