Jack Graney named finalist for Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Legendary Cleveland Indians player turned broadcaster Jack Graney (St. Thomas, Ont.) is one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2022 Ford C. Frick Award. The award is handed out annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8 at baseball’sContinue reading “Jack Graney named finalist for Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award”

Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Larry Walker batted third at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. That had to give the nervous Maple Ridge, B.C., native, who had several sleepless nights thinking about his speech, some comfort. After all, his favourite number is three and he hit third inContinue reading “Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech”

A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He played in the long shadow of Johnny Bench and then Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk. And somewhere along the way, baseball fans and writers forgot just how good Ted Simmons was. But the eight-time All-Star catcher is finally getting his due. On Wednesday, he’ll be inducted into theContinue reading “A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections”

Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fittingly, Larry Walker’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction conference call began at 3:33 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The Canadian slugger’s love of the No. 3 is well-known. His jersey number was 33. He swung the bat three times (or a multiple of three times) in the batter’s boxContinue reading “Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night”

Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.”

*Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to remember Jackie Robinson than right now, but when I re-read this today, I feel like crying. My overwhelming feeling is that we have let him down.— Kevin Glew. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners inContinue reading “Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.””

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984, Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a championship with both an American League and National League (Cincinnati 1975, 1976) club. But while most associate the fiery, white-haired skipper, who would’ve turned 87 today, with the Big RedContinue reading “Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto”

Remembering Hank Aaron and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hank Aaron, Major League Baseball’s longtime home run king and one of its most important and inspirational ambassadors, passed away on Friday at the age of 86. The Atlanta Braves shared that Aaron died in his sleep. No cause of death has been provided. “Hank Aaron’s incredible talent onContinue reading “Remembering Hank Aaron and his Canadian connections”

Hall of Famer Don Sutton had Canadian links

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary right-hander Don Sutton passed away on Tuesday after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75. He died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. His son, Daron, shared the news of his death in a statementContinue reading “Hall of Famer Don Sutton had Canadian links”

Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was Whitey Ford’s manager when he recorded the lowest ERA of his professional career? The answer is Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk. The Huntsville, Ont., native was the dugout boss of the class-A Eastern League Binghamton Triplets in 1949 when Ford, then a fresh-faced 20-year-old,Continue reading “Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections”

Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranked him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. The infield legend, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77 from a reported nerve condition (aContinue reading “Remembering Joe Morgan and his Canadian connections”