Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Chuck Hartenstein, a relief pitcher on the 1977 Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79. The University of Texas Athletics department reported his death on their website on Tuesday. After major league tenures with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and BostonContinue reading “Original Blue Jay Chuck Hartenstein passes away at 79”

Plenty of ex-Jays participating in postseason

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Less than 48 hours have passed since the Toronto Blue Jays were eliminated from postseason contention, but the sting of coming so close seems to have resided a little bit in many of the club’s fans. Time – even one day – can put a 91-win season into betterContinue reading “Plenty of ex-Jays participating in postseason”

Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who has been the Toronto Blue Jays’ best starting pitcher in the postseason? It’s not Dave Stieb or Jimmy Key, or even Jack Morris, who was signed specifically for his superlative postseason track record. And younger Blue Jays fans might say it’s Marco Estrada. But the correct answer wouldContinue reading “Five things you might not know about Juan Guzman”

August 18, 1995 – Tom Henke records 300th MLB save

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Twenty-six years ago today, Tom Henke registered his 300th major league save when he secured the final four outs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. In a Canadian baseball fan’s perfect world, Henke would’ve reached that milestone with theContinue reading “August 18, 1995 – Tom Henke records 300th MLB save”

Remembering John Olerud’s 1993 season on his 53rd birthday

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Sports Illustrated writer Phil Taylor once wrote that John Olerud had “a swing so sweet it should be poured on pancakes.” That sweet swing, which Olerud perfected with help his from his dad, John Sr. and by reading Charley Lau’s book, The Art of Hitting .300, helped Olerud captureContinue reading “Remembering John Olerud’s 1993 season on his 53rd birthday”

Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Toronto Blue Jays dealt right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in exchange for cash considerations. With the transaction, the Canuck will rejoin the team he began his big league career with in 2009. The Brewers noted in their press release that AxfordContinue reading “Axford dealt to Brewers by Blue Jays”

Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years ago yesterday, Luis Leal tossed a two-hit shutout for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 8-0 win over the eventual American League West champion Chicago White Sox on a steamy night at Comiskey Park. It was the 26-year-old right-hander’s first major league shutout. “It was warm likeContinue reading “Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal”

Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada A player born in Canada will be competing in the MLB All-Star Game for the 23rd time in the past 24 Midsummer Classics. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was born in Montreal, Que., will start at first base for the American League in Tuesday’s all-starContinue reading “Canadians in the MLB All-Star Game”

Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In an era dominated by self-absorbed, steroid-supported sluggers, Carlos Delgado might be best remembered for his smile. The charismatic ex-Toronto Blue Jay even managed to smile throughout his retirement press conference in April 2011, when he finally conceded that his 38-year-old body would no longer permit him to playContinue reading “Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian”

Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a dramatic and fitting end for the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium. Thirty-two years ago today, on an 0-and-1 count in the bottom of the 10th inning, George Bell belted a fastball from Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen into the left field bleachers for aContinue reading “Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today”