June 11, 1995: Expos outfielder Rondell White hits for the cycle

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Twenty-six years ago today, Rondell White had the game of his life. Not only did the Montreal Expos outfielder hit for the cycle in his club’s 10-8, 13-inning win over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park, but he also set franchise records for most hits (6) and mostContinue reading “June 11, 1995: Expos outfielder Rondell White hits for the cycle”

Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a dramatic and fitting end for the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium. Thirty-two years ago today, on an 0-and-1 count in the bottom of the 10th inning, George Bell belted a fastball from Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen into the left field bleachers for aContinue reading “Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today”

On this date in Canadian baseball history . . . May 7

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s a rundown of some significant events in Canadian baseball history that have happened on May 7: 1929 – Former Montreal Expos manager Dick Williams was born in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to managing the Expos to a 380-347 record in parts of five seasons from 1977 to 1981,Continue reading “On this date in Canadian baseball history . . . May 7”

May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 15 years ago today that Russell Martin made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Montreal native had been called up from triple-A Las Vegas after Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro suffered a deep bone bruise on his right wrist from a foul ball offContinue reading “May 5, 2006 – Russell Martin makes MLB debut”

April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It turns out that April 13 is a fairly significant date in Canadian baseball history. Over the years, four Canadians made their major league debuts on this date, while Pete Rose made history as a Montreal Expo and a Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer preserved a win for TomContinue reading “April 13: Four Canadian MLB debuts, Rose makes history as Expo”

Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce about the most costly tirade of Hall of Fame skipper Earl Weaver’s career. A master strategist andContinue reading “Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium”

Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian army. Though Fowler had pitched in a recreational league while in theContinue reading “Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter”

January 8, 1991: Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Twenty-nine years ago today, Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) became the first – and still only – Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Canadian pitching legend was elected in his third year of eligibility along with fellow right-hander Gaylord Perry and seven-time American League batting champion Rod Carew. Jenkins grewContinue reading “January 8, 1991: Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame”

August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game

It would’ve been understandable if Kevin Reimer was too exhausted to savour the fact that he had just made Canadian baseball history. After all, on August 24, 1993, when the left-handed hitting slugger became the first and only Canadian to record six hits in a major league game, he accomplished this in a grueling, extra-inningContinue reading “August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game”

September 10, 1965 – Fergie Jenkins makes his major league debut 55 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fergie Jenkins can’t recall if he walked or ran to the mound when he was called in from the bullpen to make his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on September 10, 1965 – 55 years ago today. “I don’t know how I got there,” writes Jenkins inContinue reading “September 10, 1965 – Fergie Jenkins makes his major league debut 55 years ago today”