He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you mention Maury Wills to most baseball fans, they reminisce about him as a fleet-footed infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that only makes sense. The speedy Washington, D.C., native spent almost 12 of his 14 major league seasons in Dodger Blue and was named to fiveContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”

Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Elliott Wahle, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first administrator of player personnel, passed away on Friday at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer. You can read his official obituary here. A New York native, Wahle began his professional baseball career as the New York Yankees assistantContinue reading “Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69”

Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Ron Johnson, who played five games with the Montreal Expos in 1984, passed away from complications from COVID-19 in Morrison, Tenn., on Tuesday at the age of 64. According to a report in the Providence Journal, Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been battling symptoms in theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ

January 26, 2021 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings –LHP Matt Dermody has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. Financial terms have not been disclosed. –LHP J.A.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ”

But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – As you have heard, longtime home run champion and one of baseball’s most important and inspirational ambassadors, Hank Aaron, passed away on Friday at the age of 86. You can read my full obituary and a summary ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke”

Remembering Hank Aaron and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hank Aaron, Major League Baseball’s longtime home run king and one of its most important and inspirational ambassadors, passed away on Friday at the age of 86. The Atlanta Braves shared that Aaron died in his sleep. No cause of death has been provided. “Hank Aaron’s incredible talent onContinue reading “Remembering Hank Aaron and his Canadian connections”

Hall of Famer Don Sutton had Canadian links

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary right-hander Don Sutton passed away on Tuesday after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75. He died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. His son, Daron, shared the news of his death in a statementContinue reading “Hall of Famer Don Sutton had Canadian links”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins lives in Arizona these days, and his state has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So I was glad to see that the baseball legend,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings (Some of these transactions date back to December.) –RHP Chase De Jong (Blue Jays’ 2012 second-round pick) signs a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. –INF/OF Brandon Drury signs a minor league deal with theContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Drury, Hinske, McGuire, Nay”