Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki

Book Review Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay By Todd Zolecki Triumph Books LLC, 2020   Reviewed by Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On May 29, many Canadian baseball fans were glued to the ESPN documentary about Roy Halladay called “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story” that was broadcast on TSN. The 60-minute production shone anContinue reading “Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki”

Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott

  This excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Blue Jays is printed with the permission of Triumph Books. For more information and to order a copy, please visit Indigo, McNally Robinson, Amazon.ca, or http://www.triumphbooks.com/WallsBlueJays. 1999 – The Shawn Green trade: A behind-the-scenes timeline By Bob Elliott A month after the 1999 season ended,Continue reading “Book Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Toronto Blue Jays Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box, by Bob Elliott”

Book Review: Always Remembered – New revelations and old tales about those fabulous Expos, by Danny Gallagher

  Book Review: Always Remembered: New revelations and old tales about those fabulous Expos By Danny Gallagher Scoop Press Reviewed By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s only fitting that in Danny Gallagher’s sixth book about the Montreal Expos that some of his most fascinating interview subjects were players that wore the No. 6 forContinue reading “Book Review: Always Remembered – New revelations and old tales about those fabulous Expos, by Danny Gallagher”

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates By: Richard C. Armstrong and Martin Healy Jr. McFarland – McFarlandBooks.com Some believe that George “Mooney” Gibson was as valuable to the 1909 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates as Honus Wagner. This gritty Canadian catcher was considered one of the greatest backstops ofContinue reading “Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates”

Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin

Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin A Canadian was the “greatest man” that Babe Ruth had ever known. And it’s that unheralded Maritimer that the spotlight is finally shone on in Brian “Chip” Martin’s superb new book, The Man Who Made Babe Ruth:Continue reading “Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

Book Review: Blue Monday: The Expos, the Dodgers and the Home Run that Changed Everything, by Danny Gallagher

“It still hurts.” That’s the response you’ll get from Montreal Expos fans like myself when you mention “Blue Monday” because those sinister words force us to relive the events of Monday, October 19, 1981. It was on that chilly fall day that the Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers played the fifth and deciding game ofContinue reading “Book Review: Blue Monday: The Expos, the Dodgers and the Home Run that Changed Everything, by Danny Gallagher”

Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book

A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series. That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88. It was in 1887Continue reading “Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book”

Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin

He was Major League Baseball’s first 300-game winner and was later reported to have been the first player to have experimented with performance-enhancing drugs. Yet despite his accomplished and fascinating career, it took 124 years after his final professional pitch for a book to be published about Hall of Fame hurler Pud Galvin. Fortunately forContinue reading “Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

Book Review – The Tecumsehs of the International Association: Canada’s First Major League Baseball Champions

When the Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first World Series title on October 24, 1992, Canadians rejoiced. Tens of thousands spilled on to Yonge Street in Toronto where they hugged each other and broke into joyous renditions of the national anthem. Similar celebrations erupted in cities and towns across the country. The revelry was understandableContinue reading “Book Review – The Tecumsehs of the International Association: Canada’s First Major League Baseball Champions”

Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home

It might be baseball’s greatest comeback story. At least that’s what I came away thinking after finishing “Safe At Home,” Gregory Jordan’s riveting biography of former Kansas City Royal and Toronto Blue Jay Willie Mays Aikens. This 264-page book offers a no-holds-barred account of Aikens’ spiral into drug addiction that reduced the one-time World SeriesContinue reading “Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home”