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”

Original Montreal Expo Steve Shea passes away

Steve Shea, a reliever on the Montreal Expos first team, passed away on March 4 in North Hampton, N.H., at the age of 72. A cause of death was not released, but a comment below his online obituary suggests that it was not unexpected. The right-handed throwing Shea was purchased by the Expos from theContinue reading “Original Montreal Expo Steve Shea passes away”

Thirty years ago today, Larry Walker signed with the Montreal Expos

On this day in Canadian baseball history: November 14, 1984: The Montreal Expos sign Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker to a contract with a reported $1,500 signing bonus. When the big, strong Canadian inked his first professional baseball contract, he still preferred the Montreal Canadiens to the Montreal Expos, but after the longtime hockeyContinue reading “Thirty years ago today, Larry Walker signed with the Montreal Expos”

Twenty-five years ago today, Larry Walker made his big league debut

It was Larry Walker’s first major league game and his opponents were already pitching to him like he was Babe Ruth. At least, that’s what San Francisco Giants first baseman Will Clark told a 22-year-old Walker after he walked for a second time in his big league debut with the Montreal Expos on August 16,Continue reading “Twenty-five years ago today, Larry Walker made his big league debut”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is offering fans a chance to own a piece of Toronto Blue Jays history. The ball shrine is selling seats from Exhibition Stadium, the firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Congratulations to Gibsons, B.C., native Ryan Dempster who became the 10th Canadian player to be part of a World Series-winning team when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals last night. A starterContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ryan Dempster, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach”

But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Jesse Crain, 1994 Montreal Expos

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – Dorchester, Ont., native Chris Robinson recorded his first big league hit in style last night when he belted a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning off of Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Eury De La Rosa.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … Chris Robinson, Jesse Crain, 1994 Montreal Expos”

Canadian connections to the MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian will be playing in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive season. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who grew up in Etobicoke, Ont., will start at first base for the National League in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. Toronto-born reliever Jesse Crain, who has postedContinue reading “Canadian connections to the MLB All-Star Game”

2013 CBHFM Inductee – Rob Ducey – Things you might not know …

* Writer’s Note: This is my first in a series of “Things you might not know …” articles about this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Marys, Ont., on the museum’s ceremonial grounds. Admission isContinue reading “2013 CBHFM Inductee – Rob Ducey – Things you might not know …”