Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto

With three Blue Jays and two Expos participating and Fergie Jenkins throwing out the first pitch, the 1991 All-Star Game had a distinctly Canadian feel. Fittingly, the contest’s winning pitcher was Blue Jay Jimmy Key, while Expos hurler Dennis Martinez shouldered the loss in an exciting match-up in front of 52,383 fans at SkyDome onContinue reading “Ripken the star of the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto”

1982 All-Star Game was one of the greatest moments in Expos history

It was the first time that baseball’s elite had assembled outside of the U.S. for the mid-summer classic. Five Montreal Expos populated the National League roster, including three – Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines – voted to the squad by the fans. When you add in that Expos ace, Steve Rogers, was theContinue reading “1982 All-Star Game was one of the greatest moments in Expos history”

Montreal Expos could’ve had Nolan Ryan

In a previous blog entry of mine, you may have read how close the Montreal Expos came to signing Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson. Well, in reading Dan Turner’s fine 1983 book “The Expos Inside Out,” I discovered that the Expos had the opportunity to acquire Nolan Ryan early in the 1969 season. TheContinue reading “Montreal Expos could’ve had Nolan Ryan”

My Still Active Ex-Montreal Expo Team

With three products of the Montreal Expos organization set to perform in this year’s all-star game, I thought it would be fun to assemble a complete 25-man roster of former Expos that are still playing. Unfortunately, I came up just short. I discovered 23 ex-Expos that are still active (counting Nick Johnson and Grady SizemoreContinue reading “My Still Active Ex-Montreal Expo Team”

Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell couldn’t throw his screw ball in Toronto

In one of the most remarkable pitching performances in all-star game history, screwballer Carl Hubbell struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row on July 10, 1934 at the Polo Grounds. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin were the immortals that Hubbell whiffed. Born in Carthage, Mo., butContinue reading “Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell couldn’t throw his screw ball in Toronto”

But What Do I Know? … Cito, Soccer Celebrations, Votto

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Cito Gaston has said repeatedly that his job is to put his players in positions where they will succeed. What could he have been thinking when he wrote John McDonald’s name down as the left-fielder who would be forced to endure the menacingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito, Soccer Celebrations, Votto”

Cooperstowner Nap Lajoie had Canadian roots

Whenever I see experts select their All-Time Canadian All-Star teams, I always think that the squad lacks a solid second baseman. Yes, Pop Smith and Frank O’Rourke did play more than 1,000 big league games – nothing to scoff at, I know – but their .222 and .254 batting averages respectively wouldn’t strike fear intoContinue reading “Cooperstowner Nap Lajoie had Canadian roots”

Canadian Rob Thomson should be a candidate to replace Cito

While watching the Jays battle the Bronx Bombers this weekend, I couldn’t help but think that the best candidate to replace Cito Gaston next year might be coaching third base for the New York Yankees. Now in his 21st season in pinstripes, Corunna, Ont., native Rob Thomson has the baseball savvy and championship pedigree thatContinue reading “Canadian Rob Thomson should be a candidate to replace Cito”

The story of the player who hit the first homer in Expos history

In March 2009, this baseball trivia buff found himself pondering who might have hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history. The answer was not a player I would’ve expected. Here’s an article I wrote in April 2009 about the player who belted that historic homer: For Montreal Expos trivia buffs, Dan McGinn isContinue reading “The story of the player who hit the first homer in Expos history”

How did Fergie Jenkins perform on Canada Day?

Devoting a blog entry to the greatest Canadian ever to play in the big leagues is the best way that I can think of to celebrate Canada Day. Chatham, Ont., native, Fergie Jenkins, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in the early ’60s, but it wasn’t until the Chicago Cubs acquired him in 1966 that heContinue reading “How did Fergie Jenkins perform on Canada Day?”