Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin

Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin A Canadian was the “greatest man” that Babe Ruth had ever known. And it’s that unheralded Maritimer that the spotlight is finally shone on in Brian “Chip” Martin’s superb new book, The Man Who Made Babe Ruth:Continue reading “Book Review: The Man Who Made Babe Ruth: Brother Matthias of St. Mary’s School, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Rob Ducey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In case you missed it, the Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that they will retire Canadian slugger Larry Walker’s No. 33 in a ceremony on April 19 when the Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Maple Ridge, B.C., native suited up for parts ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Rob Ducey”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton is rounding into form at the right time for the New York Yankees. After going 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings in six starts in August, the Canadian lefty allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, Burnaby, B.C., native Jim Adduci was called up by the Chicago Cubs on Monday. With the promotion, he became the 11th Canadian to play in the major leagues this season and the second to suit up for the Cubs.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Peter Widdrington”

Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award

Legendary Cleveland Indians player turned broadcaster Jack Graney (St. Thomas, Ont.) has been named one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Ford C. Frick Award. The list of finalists, which represent broadcasters from the Hall’s Broadcasting Beginnings category, was unveiled on Monday. The seven other finalists for the broadcasting excellenceContinue reading “Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         My American friends would say that there was something so Canadian about Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker asking his followers on Twitter on Thursday if it was OK to re-tweet some impressive statistics about him that were unearthed by a Twitter account calledContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero”

But What Do I Know? … Joey Votto, George Selkirk, Terry Puhl, Al Widmar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s good to know that Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto is not only a Hall of Fame calibre player, but a Hall of Fame guy. You’ve probably read about Votto’s relationship with Walter “Superbubz” Herbert, a six-year-old fan with neuroblastoma. Votto had met withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Joey Votto, George Selkirk, Terry Puhl, Al Widmar”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including my mom, Glenyce Glew, who if there was a Hall of Fame for moms, she should be the first inducted! According to Baseball Reference, there has only been one player named “Mother” that hasContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother Watson, Joey Votto, Roy Halladay, Pat Borders, Dennis Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It has become an Easter tradition in this column to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin”