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”

Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada After it was announced that longtime St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson had passed away on Friday, Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) paid tribute to his fellow Cooperstowner on Twitter. “I just got the horrible news of the passing of my dear friend Bob Gibson,” Jenkins tweetedContinue reading “Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections”

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections”

Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On top of his 3,000 hits, 938 stolen bases and first-ballot induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock is also the answer to an important Canadian baseball trivia question. Who was the first major league player to bat in a regular season game played in Canada?Continue reading “Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins forged a fast friendship when they pitched together on two mediocre Texas Rangers teams in 1975 and 1980. And when you stop to think about it, it’s easy to understand why these two pitching legends hit it off. Both were workhorse right-handers whose goal in every start was to tossContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry”