Former Expos reliever Grant Jackson passes away from COVID-19

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos reliever Grant Jackson passed away on Tuesday from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 78. The Pittsburgh Pirates, the team Jackson spent parts of six big league seasons with, made the announcement on Twitter just after noon E.T. on Tuesday. They shared that Jackson diedContinue reading “Former Expos reliever Grant Jackson passes away from COVID-19”

Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Ron Johnson, who played five games with the Montreal Expos in 1984, passed away from complications from COVID-19 in Morrison, Tenn., on Tuesday at the age of 64. According to a report in the Providence Journal, Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been battling symptoms in theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64”

Derek Aucoin receives Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher Derek Aucoin was awarded the Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The Lachine, Que., native, who’s one of Canada’s greatest baseball ambassadors, was presented with the honour by Quebec’s minister of economy and innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, in a video conference ceremony. The awardContinue reading “Derek Aucoin receives Quebec Medallion of the National Assembly”

Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club’s third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My regular roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – The National Baseball Hall of Fame released their 2021 ballot on November 16. There are 25 notable ex-players on the ballot, including seven former Blue Jays. Four ex-Jays – Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Scott Rolen andContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays News – November 27”

Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada One of the benefits of spending a lot of time reading old stories about the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos is that I’ve stumbled across a number of fascinating long-forgotten photos. Here are two highlights from this week’s research: Tony Kubek in a Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform? MostContinue reading “Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card”

Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos right-hander Hal Dues passed away on October 20 at the age of 66. Longtime Expos photographer Russ Hansen was the first in Canada to report the news when he shared it on his Facebook page. Dues died in his hometown of Dickinson, Texas. No cause ofContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66”

Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s my weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos news: – On Friday, the Chicago White Sox declined their $12-million option on Edwin Encarnacion for next season, making the former Blue Jays slugger a free agent. Encarnacion, who clubbed 239 of his 424 big league homeContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays news – November 4, 2020”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand

He’s the most versatile player ever to don a Montreal Expos uniform. During the 1970 season, Ron Brand, who was primarily a catcher, played every position except for pitcher and first base. “I believe I’m the only guy who’s ever caught 300 [major league] games and played all of those other positions more than once,”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”