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”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas

The consensus among Blue Jays fans is that Frank Thomas’s tenure in Toronto was a disaster. The Big Hurt was 38 years old when he inked a two-year, $18.12-million deal with the Blue Jays on November 18, 2006. It’s a contract that many Jays supporters rank as one of the worst in franchise history. ButContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Frank Thomas”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Glavine

When long-time Toronto Blue Jays fans talk about Tom Glavine, the first game they’re likely to mention is Game 1 of the 1992 World Series. With the Blue Jays competing in the Fall Classic for the first time, the excitement surrounding the team had reached unparalleled heights. However, Canadian baseball fans were temporarily subdued whenContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Glavine”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Greg Maddux

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Greg Maddux and Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins have a lot in common. Both were right-handed pitchers who won Cy Young Awards with the Chicago Cubs and both are members of the exclusive 3,000-strikeout club. Both also did the No. 31 proud at Wrigley Field – so much soContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Greg Maddux”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa used to be a Mountie. No, not that kind of Mountie, although the legendary skipper, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, does have a law degree. What we’re referring to, however, is La Russa’s 1968 season with the Oakland A’s Triple-A Vancouver Mounties. TheContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tony La Russa”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That’s what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, “Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball.” “He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life,” wrote Brunt. But that wasn’t to be.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre

In a previous blog entry, I noted that Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa – two of the three legendary managers recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – spent portions of their professional careers in Canada. Cox, of course, managed the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons from 1982 to 1985, whileContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre”