Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named winner of the Fielding Bible Award for major league left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native was among the winners announcedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Dave Pagan, Pascual Perez”

Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former big league pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays doctor Ron Taylor and legendary Windsor, Ont., baseball coach Father Ronald Cullen have been elected to the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Wednesday, and Taylor and Cullen will be officially inducted in a virtual awards galaContinue reading “Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame”

Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award

By Kevin Glew Coooperstowners in Canada It took him until his fifth consecutive 20-win season, but in 1971, Fergie Jenkins finally received the National League Cy Young Award. With the announcement, which formally took place on November 3, 1971, the 6-foot-5 Chatham, Ont., native, became the first Canadian to capture the honour. “Yes, winning theContinue reading “Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award for National League left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native is upContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There’s nothing greater than a mother’s love, but it doesn’t hurt if she can also teach you how to throw a curveball. Former Montreal Expos right-hander Bill Atkinson can attest to this. It was his mother, Patricia, that not only showered him and his four sisters with love asContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson”

Canadian Baseball HOF inductee Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passes away

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Grand Rapids Chicks and Fort Wayne Daisies third baseman Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passed away on September 4 at the age of 89, according to the official All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Twitter account. Born on November 26, 1930 in Liberty, Sask., Mullins played parts of two seasonsContinue reading “Canadian Baseball HOF inductee Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passes away”

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”