Cooperstowners in Canada: Carlton Fisk

When Carlton Fisk was a free agent after the 1980 season, there was talk that he might be waving home runs fair at Exhibition Stadium for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981. At least Alison Gordon hinted at this in her fine 1984 book “Foul Balls.” “The papers were full of breathless reports on theContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Carlton Fisk”

Rodger Brulotte to receive Jack Graney Award on Saturday

Courtesy of http://baseballhalloffame.ca/ St. Marys, Ont. – Longtime Montreal Expos broadcaster Rodger Brulotte will be presented with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, March 29 before the Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Mets in an exhibition game at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. BrulotteContinue reading “Rodger Brulotte to receive Jack Graney Award on Saturday”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Robin Yount

Long-time Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor became a fan favorite in Toronto after Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick signed him to a three-year deal prior to the 1993 season. What most Blue Jays fans might not know is that Molitor wasn’t the first Hall of Fame Brewer that Gillick had targeted. I recently discovered anContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Robin Yount”

But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, John Stilson, Livan Hernandez

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Navan, Ont., native Erik Bedard was the winning pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday in their 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Canadian left-hander, who was signed to a minor league deal on FebruaryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, John Stilson, Livan Hernandez”

Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer

It was Bill Mazeroski that helped teach Tim Wallach how to become a Gold Glove third baseman. Wallach, who suited up for more games with the Montreal Expos than any other player, revealed this during a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame conference call on February 3. The long-time Expo will be inducted into the St.Continue reading “Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer”

Baseball’s best “Valentines” on Valentine’s Day

Spitting and scratching are associated with baseball more often than love. But we, as baseball fans, do tend to wax romantic about our game, and its leisurely pace has inspired more than its share of trivia contests. One of my favourite pastimes is to dream up all-theme teams. For example, an “All-Fruit” baseball squad mightContinue reading “Baseball’s best “Valentines” on Valentine’s Day”

Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos

The 1994 Montreal Expos seemed unbeatable. With an offence propelled by Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Marquis Grissom and a pitching staff anchored by Ken Hill, Pedro Martinez and John Wetteland, the Expos owned the best record in baseball and led the National League East by six games on August 12 when a players’ strikeContinue reading “Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox

When Glenn Cox debuted with the Montreal Royals in the spring of 1951, the first batter he faced was Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers’ Triple-A Royals were battling their big league peers in an exhibition game, and as Robinson dug into the batter’s box, Cox, then a raw, 20-year-old right-hander, stared in for a sign fromContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox”

Big leaguers born on Christmas and their Canadian connections

After he broke Lou Brock’s stolen base record on May 1, 1991, Rickey Henderson famously anointed himself “the greatest of all-time.” With such conceit, it seems fitting that Henderson would share a birthday with Jesus. Though most recall the cocky stolen base king as an all-star with the Oakland A’s, Blue Jays fans will rememberContinue reading “Big leaguers born on Christmas and their Canadian connections”

Rodger Brulotte to be honoured with Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award

St. Marys, Ont. – Longtime Montreal Expos broadcaster Rodger Brulotte has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Jack Graney Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significant contributions to baseball in Canada through their life’s work. “MelContinue reading “Rodger Brulotte to be honoured with Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award”