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

Right-hander Ray Daviault (Montreal, Que.) made his MLB debut with the New York Mets 59 years ago today. 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... Continue Reading →

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 and... Continue Reading →

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 the... Continue Reading →

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 grew... Continue Reading →

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-inning... Continue Reading →

April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It seems fitting that the greatest Canadian pitcher was the first hurler to toss a shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. On April 24, 1977, Fergie Jenkins, toeing the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, dominated the Jays for nine innings in front of 29,303 fans at Exhibition Stadium.... Continue Reading →

September 21, 1978 – Catfish, Goose and Reggie all starred in Canada on one night

Cooperstowners definitely starred in Canada on September 21, 1978. At first glance, the contest between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium that night appears to be little more than another late-season loss by the last-place Jays. However, upon closer inspection of the box score, you'll notice that three Bronx Bombers... Continue Reading →

September 15, 1977 – Remembering the game that Earl Weaver forfeited at Exhibition Stadium

The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And as the baseball community mourns the passing of Earl Weaver, who died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 82, many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce about... Continue Reading →

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