Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Happy Canada Day to you! Let’s celebrate with a hodge podge of Canada Day baseball facts that I’ve gathered over the years. · On July 1, 1940, Hunstville, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk, hitting fifth in the New York Yankees lineup behind JoeContinue reading “Canadian baseball trivia on Canada Day”

A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs

*Today is the 28th anniversary of Matt Stairs’ MLB debut. On that day in 1992, he pinch hit for Montreal Expos left-hander Jeff Fassero in the 10th inning in the Expos’ 3-2 loss to the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. He struck out in that at bat, but he would later hit a MLB record 23Continue reading “A closer look at Matt Stairs’ pinch-hit home runs”

Derek Aucoin to be inducted into the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Montreal Expos pitcher and Lachine, Que., native Derek Aucoin will be inducted into the RDS Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame on November 9. The Quebec baseball shrine made the announcement on Wednesday. This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of Baseball Quebec, but also the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos. Aucoin, aContinue reading “Derek Aucoin to be inducted into the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian will be playing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 21st time in the past 22 Midsummer Classics. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will be a reserve for the National League in Tuesday’s all-star showdown at Nationals Park in Washington. With his selection this year, VottoContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

Jason Dickson reflects on Cooperstown class of 2014

After the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 on January 8, former big leaguer Jason Dickson tweeted out congratulations to his “favourite player of all-time.” The Miramichi, N.B., native and current vice-president of Baseball Canada never had the opportunity to compete against Greg Maddux, but he greatly admired the soon-to-be CooperstownerContinue reading “Jason Dickson reflects on Cooperstown class of 2014”

From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dave Pagan felt numb as he peered in for a sign from Thurman Munson. And a case of nerves was understandable for a 23-year-old prairie kid who had grown up in a tiny farming community in northeast Saskatchewan and was now pitching in front of more than 28,000 boisterousContinue reading “From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues”