Strong list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

November 12, 2020 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release St. Marys, Ont. – In a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted baseball schedules everywhere, there were still plenty of standout performances by Canadians. In the major league ranks, two Canuck pitchers Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) and Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) emergedContinue reading “Strong list of candidates for Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award”

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”

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? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) appears to have found his batting stroke again. Hitting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, the Canuck slugger is 8-for-24 (.333 batting average) in his last seven games. Three of those hits have beenContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach”

Thirty years ago, Dave Stieb tossed the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 30 years ago today that Toronto Blue Jays ace and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dave Stieb finally got his no-hitter. The legendary right-hander at long last completed the feat against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-0 Blue Jays’ win at Cleveland Stadium. This came afterContinue reading “Thirty years ago, Dave Stieb tossed the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history”

Carter’s World Series-winning HR still Canada’s favourite baseball moment, according to Canadian ball hall survey

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Joe Carter’s World Series-winning home run remains the No. 1 moment among Canadian baseball fans, according to a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame survey. Carter’s three-run blast off Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1993 Fall Classic wasContinue reading “Carter’s World Series-winning HR still Canada’s favourite baseball moment, according to Canadian ball hall survey”

Blue Jays to honour Fernandez with jersey patch

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays today announced on Monday that they will pay tribute to team legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez with a special No. 1 commemorative uniform patch that will be worn during the 2020 regular season. “There are few players in the gameContinue reading “Blue Jays to honour Fernandez with jersey patch”

10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010

  You could say I’m batting .500. In my “rookie” year (2010) of this blog, I wrote down 10 things I would like to see happen in Canadian baseball in the ensuing decade. I remembered that I had written this post earlier today and decided to see how many of my wishes had come true. Continue reading “10 years later – A look at 10 things I wanted to see happen in Canadian baseball in 2010”

Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Khalid Ballouli would’ve loved to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to honour his grandfather, Dick Fowler. And if he’d been born five years later, it might have happened. “That would’ve been something that I would’ve jumped on completely,” said Ballouli, who was a right-hander in theContinue reading “Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball”