1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Ed Roebuck

From ace starter in Montreal to World Series-winning closer in Brooklyn, Ed Roebuck certainly proved his versatility on the mound in the mid-1950s. After tying for the team lead in wins (18) with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1954, Roebuck made the big league Dodgers as a reliever the following spring. Brooklyn bench boss WalterContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Ed Roebuck”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo … Joe Black

“He was not a star, but a nova, appearing, flaring and disappearing . . . “                                                                           Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer It would be difficult to describe Joe Black’s major league career more accurately and eloquently than Kahn did in his acclaimed 1972 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers. After toeing the rubber inContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo … Joe Black”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Humberto (Chico) Fernandez

It’s not easy being a prospect when the player you’re touted to replace is a perennial all-star and fan favourite. That’s the position that Humberto “Chico” Fernandez found himself in after he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 19-year-old in 1951. Once the slick-fielding shortstop was in the Dodgers’ system, it seemed thatContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Humberto (Chico) Fernandez”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Gino Cimoli

Who was the first player to walk to the plate in a major league game on the West Coast? The answer is Gino Cimoli, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound San Francisco native who was selected to bat leadoff for the Dodgers in their first regular season contest representing the city of Los Angeles. With his friends andContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Gino Cimoli”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Don Thompson

*This is part of my ongoing series of articles about members of the 1954 Montreal Royals. While manning left field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Don Thompson threw out New York Yankees second baseman Billy Martin to end Game 4 of the 1953 World Series. But while this toss was one of the highlights of Thompson’sContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Don Thompson”

Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!

Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would’ve turned 94 today. In honour of his birthday, I present to you the short bio that I wrote for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farmContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!”