Remembering Hank Aaron and his Canadian connections

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One of Hank Aaron's Milwaukee Braves' teammates over the years was right-handed pitcher and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ron Piche (Verdun, Que.), shown on the left, with Aaron. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hank Aaron, Major League Baseball's longtime home run king and one of its... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Michael Saunders, Scott Mathieson, Derek Aucoin, Larry Walker

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Former Toronto Blue Jay Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) has told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi that he will play for the Canadian national team at the WSBC Premier12 Tournament beginning on November 2 and then retire to become a manager for the Atlanta Braves’ Rookie ball... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Glavine

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[twitter-follow screen_name='coopincanada'] When long-time Toronto Blue Jays fans talk about Tom Glavine, the first game they're likely to mention is Game 1 of the 1992 World Series. With the Blue Jays competing in the Fall Classic for the first time, the excitement surrounding the team had reached unparalleled heights. However, Canadian baseball fans were temporarily... Continue Reading →

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Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal

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When Tony Gwynn slashed a single into centre field in the first inning on August 6, 1999 at Olympic Stadium, he became the first - and still only - player to register their 3,000th hit outside of the United States. The sparse crowd of 13,540 rewarded the eight-time batting champ with a lengthy standing ovation... Continue Reading →

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

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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 on... Continue Reading →

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