Ex-Expos and Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Balor Moore

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Balor Moore says he pitched in so many Canadian cities during his professional baseball career that he’s likely eligible to receive monthly social security payments from Canada. “It wouldn’t be big money, but it would pay for my golf,” joked the now 65-year-old Texas native, who not only toed... Continue Reading →

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Mike Willis

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years before David Price was dominating batters for the Toronto Blue Jays, another left-hander from Vanderbilt University was mowing down hitters out of the bullpen in the club’s inaugural season. Mike Willis, a 1972 Vanderbilt graduate, tossed 2-2/3 scoreless innings and recorded a save in his first major... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ first ace. Before there was Dave Stieb, there was Dave Lemanczyk. And few have fought harder to stay on the mound than Lemanczyk, who tossed 11 complete games for a hapless Blue Jays squad in their inaugural season. The strong-willed, 6-foot-4 right-hander pitched... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the first rifle-armed Toronto Blue Jays right fielder. Before Jesse Barfield, Shawn Green, Raul Mondesi and Jose Bautista, there was Steve Bowling. The former University of Tulsa running back was the starting right fielder for the Blue Jays in the franchise’s first game on April 7, 1977.... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand

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He’s the most versatile player ever to don a Montreal Expos uniform. During the 1970 season, Ron Brand, who was primarily a catcher, played every position except for pitcher and first base. “I believe I’m the only guy who’s ever caught 300 [major league] games and played all of those other positions more than once,”... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein

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He’s the answer to one of the more challenging Canadian baseball trivia questions. Who is the only person to be in a big league uniform for the first game at Exhibition Stadium and the first game at the SkyDome? The answer is Chuck Hartenstein, who was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen for... Continue Reading →

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Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

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Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season with... Continue Reading →

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Former all-star Jason Dickson working for change in post-baseball career

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Jason Dickson is definitely not your average retired jock. The bright, articulate Maritimer, who overcame long odds to pitch professionally for 11 seasons, is now a political junkie, tireless volunteer and vice-president of Baseball Canada who earns his living as a nursing home administrator in his native New Brunswick. “I’m not the kind of person... Continue Reading →

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