New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!”

Dave Van Horne says it would be easy for him to claim that his famous “El Presidente, El Perfecto!” call after Dennis Martinez recorded the final out in his perfect game on July 28, 1991 was a spontaneous exclamation, but that wouldn’t be the truth. “I was working the telecast with Ken Singleton and inContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!””

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – After initially sporting No. 36 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau has settled on No. 66. Morneau’s trademark No. 33 – which he donned as a tribute to both Patrick RoyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Gary Waslewski”

Raines hopes to follow same path to Cooperstown as Carter and Dawson

Being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame proved to be a good omen for Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. After being honoured at the St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine, both of the former Montreal Expos stars were later enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Their longtime teammate, Tim Raines,Continue reading “Raines hopes to follow same path to Cooperstown as Carter and Dawson”

1981 Montreal Expos: Whatever happened to … Jerry White

These days, Jerry White is the first base coach of the Minnesota Twins, but a big part of his heart will always be with the Montreal Expos. A valuable outfielder during his 10 seasons (1974 to 1983) with the Expos, the California native loved playing in Montreal. “It was a beautiful city,” he said inContinue reading “1981 Montreal Expos: Whatever happened to … Jerry White”

Fanning reflects on the 1981 Expos

Jim Fanning is Canadian baseball royalty. The ebullient former Montreal Expos manager, who turned 84 in September, remains active in Canadian baseball circles. With over 60 years in professional baseball as a player, manager, executive, ambassador and most recently a fill-in analyst on Blue Jays’ radio broadcasts, the amiable Fanning, who resides in London, Ont.,Continue reading “Fanning reflects on the 1981 Expos”

1981 Montreal Expos – Whatever happened to … Steve Rogers

He finished his career with an ERA (3.17) better than Nolan Ryan and logged more innings per season than Sandy Koufax. Yet when Steve Rogers became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, the longtime Expos ace failed to garner a single vote. “I needed five to eight more years and 70Continue reading “1981 Montreal Expos – Whatever happened to … Steve Rogers”