Flashback to 1983 – A glorious start for both of Canada’s teams

If only Canadian baseball fans could turn their clocks back 30 years. That was my initial reaction when a fellow baseball aficionado handed me a copy of the July 11, 1983 edition of Maclean’s magazine (cover pictured above) last week. With 2005 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Dave Stieb and Steve Rogers (who areContinue reading “Flashback to 1983 – A glorious start for both of Canada’s teams”

The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance

It’s the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthy was that the spirited slugger’s powerContinue reading “The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance”

Whitt recalls playing with 2013 Canadian ball hall inductees Bell and Ducey

Ernie Whitt is hoping to be in St. Marys, Ont., on June 29 to watch two of his former teammates be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. A two-time inductee himself – for his individual accomplishments (2009) and for his role as manager of the senior national team that captured gold at theContinue reading “Whitt recalls playing with 2013 Canadian ball hall inductees Bell and Ducey”

Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985

He won an American League MVP award, was selected to three all-star teams and belted a game-winning homer in the Toronto Blue Jays’ final game at Exhibition Stadium on May 28, 1989. But George Bell says the highlight of his career was catching the fly ball that Ron Hassey lifted to shallow left field onContinue reading “Bell, new Canadian ball hall inductee, still savours division-winning catch in 1985”

Ducey to share St. Marys stage with Bell

When Rob Ducey belted his first big league home run on September 14, 1987 at Exhibition Stadium, George Bell socked two home runs in the same game. And over the next three seasons, Ducey, who was born in Toronto, was forced to battle for playing time in the Blue Jays outfield behind the all-star DominicanContinue reading “Ducey to share St. Marys stage with Bell”

Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013

Rob Ducey, Tom Cheek and Nat Bailey will also be honoured in a ceremony to take place at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 29 on the museum’s ceremonial grounds in St. Marys Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – While George Bell was belting 47 home runs en route to the American League MVPContinue reading “Bell and Raines to headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2013”