He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He may have been the most important hitting coach in Montreal Expos history. Yet, even some of the most diehard Expos fans probably won’t remember Mickey Vernon’s tenure as the club’s batting instructor. When the two-time American League batting champion took over as the team’s hitting coach under managerContinue reading “He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Righetti

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When someone mentions Dave Righetti, you’re more likely to remember him as a young left-hander with the New York Yankees who on July 4, 1983 became the first Bronx Bombers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. You’re less likely toContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Righetti”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was the fall of 1975 and it seemed like the stage might be set for Larry Doby to once again make major league history. Doby, who, in July 1947, became the first African-American player to compete in the American League, was a highly respected hitting instructor in theContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Do you remember when the Cobra was a Blue Jay? No one would blame if you don’t. After all, Dave Parker was only a Blue Jay for three weeks 30 years ago. But in that short tenure at the end of the 1991 season, the then-40-year-old slugger supplied someContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker”

He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When you mention Maury Wills to most baseball fans, they reminisce about him as a fleet-footed infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that only makes sense. The speedy Washington, D.C., native spent almost 12 of his 14 major league seasons in Dodger Blue and was named to fiveContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Maury Wills”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who’s the first former Toronto Blue Jays player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? That’s a question that often stumps Canadian baseball fans. And you can be forgiven if you don’t remember Phil Niekro – who’s the answer to the question – making three startsContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro”

He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His overpowering fastball and late-inning dominance with the Chicago Cubs are the primary reasons Lee Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee in 2019. Some may even remember him as a menacing 6-foot-6, 260-pound closer with the Boston Red SoxContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was approaching the middle of May in the 1997 season and the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was sputtering. Joe Carter, in his final season with the club, had belted just two home runs in April. The club had resorted to using aging utility man Juan Samuel as aContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Ruben Sierra”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Even some of the most diehard Montreal Expos fans won’t remember Hal McRae’s 17-month tenure as the club’s hitting coach from January 1990 to May 1991, but you can bet that Larry Walker does. In 1990, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native, then a prized young hitting prospect, was oneContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Hal McRae”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”