Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Mr. Steady in the field and at the plate

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When I’ve mentioned Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Terry Puhl’s name to a player or coach who was around Major League Baseball during the late 1970s or in the 1980s, they often remember him as a “steady,” “dependable” or “solid all-around” outfielder. In a Twitter exchange with JimContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Mr. Steady in the field and at the plate”

Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada By my count, the last Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher to throw seven innings in a game was 86 games ago. That was when right-hander Jacob Waguespack hurled seven scoreless innings and allowed only one hit to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2019. OneContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – When Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) homered in the third inning for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, it was his 1,900th MLB hit. With that, as the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tweeted out, Votto became just the secondContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw”

He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His overpowering fastball and late-inning dominance with the Chicago Cubs are the primary reasons Lee Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee in 2019. Some may even remember him as a menacing 6-foot-6, 260-pound closer with the Boston Red SoxContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith”

Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce about the most costly tirade of Hall of Fame skipper Earl Weaver’s career. A master strategist andContinue reading “Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was very sad to learn of the sudden passing of passionate Canadian baseball supporter, collector and author Marty Healy on Friday at the age of 42. I only met Marty a few times, but he was alwaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer”

Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Two numbers fuel the legend of Brian Milner in Toronto Blue Jays’ lore: 18 and .444. At 18 years old (and 218 days), he remains the youngest player ever to suit up for the club. He accomplished this feat when he was the Blue Jays’ starting catcher on JuneContinue reading “Whatever happened to? . . . Brian Milner”

Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian army. Though Fowler had pitched in a recreational league while in theContinue reading “Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter”

Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On top of his 3,000 hits, 938 stolen bases and first-ballot induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock is also the answer to an important Canadian baseball trivia question. Who was the first major league player to bat in a regular season game played in Canada?Continue reading “Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) appears to have found his batting stroke again. Hitting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, the Canuck slugger is 8-for-24 (.333 batting average) in his last seven games. Three of those hits have beenContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach”