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

Jackie Robinson played his first season of integrated baseball with the International League’s Montreal Royals in 1946 before breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier the following year. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. *Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to... Continue Reading →

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 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... Continue Reading →

Hall of Famer Don Sutton had Canadian links

Hopefully Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Gary Carter, shown here during the introductions at the 1975 MLB All-Star Game at County Stadium in Milwaukee, are forming a battery somewhere right now. Photo: 1970s Baseball/Twitter By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary right-hander Don Sutton passed away on... Continue Reading →

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 Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections

Bob Gibson and Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) were mound rivals and perennial National League Cy Young Award contenders between 1967 and 1972. 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... Continue Reading →

Rod Carew turns 75, a look at his Canadian connections

Photo: Minnesota Twins program 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... Continue Reading →

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