My Still Active Ex-Montreal Expo Team

With three products of the Montreal Expos organization set to perform in this year’s all-star game, I thought it would be fun to assemble a complete 25-man roster of former Expos that are still playing. Unfortunately, I came up just short. I discovered 23 ex-Expos that are still active (counting Nick Johnson and Grady SizemoreContinue reading “My Still Active Ex-Montreal Expo Team”

Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell couldn’t throw his screw ball in Toronto

In one of the most remarkable pitching performances in all-star game history, screwballer Carl Hubbell struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row on July 10, 1934 at the Polo Grounds. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin were the immortals that Hubbell whiffed. Born in Carthage, Mo., butContinue reading “Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell couldn’t throw his screw ball in Toronto”

But What Do I Know? … Cito, Soccer Celebrations, Votto

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Cito Gaston has said repeatedly that his job is to put his players in positions where they will succeed. What could he have been thinking when he wrote John McDonald’s name down as the left-fielder who would be forced to endure the menacingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito, Soccer Celebrations, Votto”

Cooperstowner Nap Lajoie had Canadian roots

Whenever I see experts select their All-Time Canadian All-Star teams, I always think that the squad lacks a solid second baseman. Yes, Pop Smith and Frank O’Rourke did play more than 1,000 big league games – nothing to scoff at, I know – but their .222 and .254 batting averages respectively wouldn’t strike fear intoContinue reading “Cooperstowner Nap Lajoie had Canadian roots”

Canadian Rob Thomson should be a candidate to replace Cito

While watching the Jays battle the Bronx Bombers this weekend, I couldn’t help but think that the best candidate to replace Cito Gaston next year might be coaching third base for the New York Yankees. Now in his 21st season in pinstripes, Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson has the baseball savvy and championship pedigree thatContinue reading “Canadian Rob Thomson should be a candidate to replace Cito”

The story of the player who hit the first homer in Expos history

In March 2009, this baseball trivia buff found himself pondering who might have hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history. The answer was not a player I would’ve expected. Here’s an article I wrote in April 2009 about the player who belted that historic homer: For Montreal Expos trivia buffs, Dan McGinn isContinue reading “The story of the player who hit the first homer in Expos history”

How did Fergie Jenkins perform on Canada Day?

Devoting a blog entry to the greatest Canadian ever to play in the big leagues is the best way that I can think of to celebrate Canada Day. Chatham, Ont., native, Fergie Jenkins, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in the early ’60s, but it wasn’t until the Chicago Cubs acquired him in 1966 that heContinue reading “How did Fergie Jenkins perform on Canada Day?”

But What Do I Know? … Encarnacion, Hill, Halladay, Seinfeld

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  If the whispers are true that Edwin Encarnacion was demoted for not hustling, then Lyle Overbay should also be shipped out of town. In the four-plus seasons he’s been a Blue Jay, I’ve rarely seen him run out a ground ball. Granted OverbayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Encarnacion, Hill, Halladay, Seinfeld”

Roberto Clemente was hidden in Montreal

This article has been adapted from an article I wrote in 2002. When historians talk about legends that are part of Canadian baseball history, they often mention Babe Ruth (hit his first home run in professional baseball in Toronto) or Jackie Robinson (played in Montreal before breaking Major League’s baseball colour barrier).  Seldom do theyContinue reading “Roberto Clemente was hidden in Montreal”

Cito is not the only Gaston in Toronto baseball history

In my zeal to learn more about Canadian baseball history, I sometimes stumble upon nuggets of information that I just have to share. Yesterday, when I was perusing Louis Cauz’s book on Toronto’s baseball history, “Baseball’s Back in Town,” I discovered that Cito was not the only Gaston to participate in Hogtown’s professional baseball scene.Continue reading “Cito is not the only Gaston in Toronto baseball history”