Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos hitting coach Billy DeMars passed away on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 95. DeMars was the popular hitting coach of the Expos from 1982 to 1984. He also served as the club’s third base coach in 1982 and 1983. Born in Brooklyn inContinue reading “Former Montreal Expos coach Billy DeMars passes away at 95”

Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bruce Prentice, who founded the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in Toronto in November 1982, has passed away at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his passing on Twitter early Friday afternoon. “It is withContinue reading “Bruce Prentice, founder of the Canadian Baseball of Fame, passes away at 87”

Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Denis Menke passed away on December 1 at the age of 80. His death was reported on Monday on an Iowa radio station that’s located close to Menke’s hometown of Bancroft, Iowa. No cause of death was reported, but Menke passed awayContinue reading “Former Toronto Blue Jays coach Denis Menke passes away at age 80”

Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos right-hander Hal Dues passed away on October 20 at the age of 66. Longtime Expos photographer Russ Hansen was the first in Canada to report the news when he shared it on his Facebook page. Dues died in his hometown of Dickinson, Texas. No cause ofContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Hal Dues passes away at 66”

Former Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passes away at 86

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former New York Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passed away on Friday at the age of 86. QMI Agency sports journalist Benoit Rioux reported Daviault’s death on Twitter on Sunday. The cause of Daviault’s death has yet to be determined. Born in Montreal in 1934, Daviault signedContinue reading “Former Mets pitcher and Montreal native Ray Daviault passes away at 86”

Former Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos second baseman Johnny Paredes passed away on Thursday in Maracaibo, Venezuela after a battle with cancer at the age of 58. Danny Gallagher was the first Canadian reporter to share the news. His death has also been reported in El Nacional. Born on September 2, 1962Continue reading “Former Expos infielder Johnny Paredes dies at 58”

Canadian Baseball HOF inductee Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passes away

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Grand Rapids Chicks and Fort Wayne Daisies third baseman Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passed away on September 4 at the age of 89, according to the official All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Twitter account. Born on November 26, 1930 in Liberty, Sask., Mullins played parts of two seasonsContinue reading “Canadian Baseball HOF inductee Betty (Petryna) Allen Mullins passes away”

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”

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”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”