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”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell

“He doesn’t just hit pitchers. He takes away their dignity.”                                      Don Sutton, on Willie Stargell’s propensity for belting long home runs. That must have been how Montreal Expos southpaw Dan McGinn felt on July 16, 1969. With the Pittsburgh Pirates trailing 6-2 in the top of the eighth inning at Jarry Park, Stargell strolledContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bruce Sutter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Whitey Herzog called Bruce Sutter the “Sandy Koufax of relievers,” and on September 8, 1977, the Montreal Expos certainly felt the same way. Armed with his overpowering split-finger fastball, the bearded right-hander entered the game at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning with the Cubs and Expos deadlocked inContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bruce Sutter”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded aContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan

It was Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl that saved Nolan Ryan’s fifth no-hitter. Manning right field for the Houston Astros, the Melville, Sask., native took off after a deep fly ball that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia clubbed to right-centre off of Ryan in the top of the seventh inning at theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Nolan Ryan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom was not “Terrific” in Toronto. Admittedly, Tom Seaver, whose dominance on the mound earned him the nickname “Tom Terrific,” didn’t pitch in Toronto until the tail end of his career, but the legendary hurler lost all three games he started at Exhibition Stadium and posted a 3.63 ERA.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver”

Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada George Brett was a Blue Jay killer. Any longtime Toronto Blue Jays fan is likely to tell you that. And of the seemingly countless games in which the Hall of Fame third baseman teed off on Blue Jays’ pitching, Game 3 of the 1985 American League Championship Series (ALCS)Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: George Brett”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime Montreal Expos fans won’t be surprised to learn that Mike Schmidt belted his first major league home run against their beloved club. To many of them, it seemed like the Phillies star never stopped hitting home runs off of Expos hurlers during his Hall of Fame career. WithContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt”