But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the retirement of Ron Gardenhire, the Detroit Tigers are searching for a new manager. I would suggest that one excellent candidate was born right across the border in Windsor, Ont. Stubby Clapp, who was interviewed by theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins”

Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was Whitey Ford’s manager when he recorded the lowest ERA of his professional career? The answer is Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk. The Huntsville, Ont., native was the dugout boss of the class-A Eastern League Binghamton Triplets in 1949 when Ford, then a fresh-faced 20-year-old,Continue reading “Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections”

Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranked him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. The infield legend, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77 from a reported nerve condition (aContinue reading “Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the Atlanta Braves completing a sweep of the Miami Marlins in their National League Division Series on Thursday, Alex Anthopoulos (Montreal, Que.) became the third Canadian general manager to build a team that has advanced to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alex Anthopoulos, Abraham Toro, Roberto Alomar, Whitey Ford”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who’s the first former Toronto Blue Jays player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? That’s a question that often stumps Canadian baseball fans. And you can be forgiven if you don’t remember Phil Niekro – who’s the answer to the question – making three startsContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro”

Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada After it was announced that longtime St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson had passed away on Friday, Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) paid tribute to his fellow Cooperstowner on Twitter. “I just got the horrible news of the passing of my dear friend Bob Gibson,” Jenkins tweetedContinue reading “Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Though the Cleveland Indians were swept in their Wild Card series against the New York Yankees, their young Canadian slugger, Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), enjoyed a breakout postseason in which he established some major league firsts. Among them,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines”

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections”

My ex-Toronto Blue Jays 2020 postseason team

UPDATE – *Literally minutes after I hit publish on this blog entry, the Minnesota Twins unveiled their Wild Card roster. It does not have Josh Donaldson on it. He will miss the series with a calf injury. I have adjusted my team accordingly. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most Canadian baseball fans will focusContinue reading “My ex-Toronto Blue Jays 2020 postseason team”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Billy Harris, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told reporters on Friday that there’s a chance that right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) could pitch in the club’s Wild-Card series which will begin on Tuesday. Romano has been sidelined withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Billy Harris, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”