But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, James Paxton, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It was 75 years ago today that Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to compete in integrated professional baseball in the modern era when he suited up for the International League’s Montreal Royals against the Jersey City Giants atContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, James Paxton, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill”

Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.”

*Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to remember Jackie Robinson than right now, but when I re-read this today, I feel like crying. My overwhelming feeling is that we have let him down.— Kevin Glew. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners inContinue reading “Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.””

April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It turns out that April 13 is a fairly significant date in Canadian baseball history. Over the years, four Canadians made their major league debuts on this date, while Pete Rose made history as a Montreal Expo and a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer preserved a win for TomContinue reading “April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you examine a list of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Opening Day starting pitchers, all the names you’d expect to see are on it. There’s Roy Halladay (seven Opening Day starts), Dave Stieb (four), Jimmy Key (three), Pat Hentgen (two) and Jim Clancy (two). Other prominent names on theContinue reading “Why Mark Bomback started on Opening Day for the Blue Jays 39 years ago today”

Five things you should know about . . . Marquis Grissom

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who is the most exciting player in Montreal Expos history? I’m not talking about the club’s best player or most productive hitter, but who’s the one Expo you found to be consistently electrifying? Who’s the one Expo whose athleticism regularly astounded you? Tim Raines, Andre Dawson and Vladimir GuerreroContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Marquis Grissom”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the bigContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista”

Remembering when George Bell hit three homers on Opening Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthyContinue reading “Remembering when George Bell hit three homers on Opening Day”

Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today

*To commemorate Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Fowler’s 100th birthday, I’m re-running this article that I wrote about his no-hitter that was published last September. 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 nativeContinue reading “Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Bill Slack

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Thursday that closer Kirby Yates has undergone Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2021 season. The Blue Jays are now looking for someone to step in as closer. They have yet toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Andrew Albers, Bill Slack”