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”

Five things you might not know about . . . Rick Cerone

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most longtime Toronto Blue Jays fans can tell you that Bill Singer threw the first regular season pitch in the franchise’s history on that snowy day at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977. But who caught that first pitch? The answer is Rick Cerone, who turns 67 today. TheseContinue reading “Five things you might not know about . . . Rick Cerone”

Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Elliott Wahle, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first administrator of player personnel, passed away on Friday at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer. You can read his official obituary here. A New York native, Wahle began his professional baseball career as the New York Yankees assistantContinue reading “Elliott Wahle, original Blue Jays’ administrator of player personnel, passes away at 69”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Veteran right-hander Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) has signed with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Professional League for the 2020 season. This will be the right-hander’s 18th professional campaign. The 35-year-old Molleken informed me, however, that he will pitch for CanadaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dustin Molleken, Dalton Pompey, Russell Martin, Mickey Mantle”

Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canada Day Edition – Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Dave Pagan

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On July 1, 1969, the Montreal Expos defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-4 in front of 19,858 fans at Jarry Park in the first major league game played in Canada on Canada Day. Expos pitcher Steve Renko was the star of the contest, holding theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canada Day Edition – Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Dave Pagan”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I won’t pretend that I really know Chris Colabello, but I do know this, in 29 years of going to spring training in Dunedin and attending Toronto Blue Jays games, I’ve never met a kinder, more generous player. I’ve told this story before, but inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill”

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

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 majorContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Mike Willis”

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

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

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

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 forContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein”