But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • On Thursday, Josh Donaldson became the third Toronto Blue Jays player to be named the American League MVP, joining George Bell, who won the honour in 1987 and Carlos Delgado in 2003. Oh wait. Sorry. Delgado finished second in 2003 to Alex Rodriguez inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, George Selkirk, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • My 2015 New Year’s resolutions include drinking less pop, being better organized and giving up trying to understand Brett Lawrie’s Twitter feed. #Imofficiallymiddleaged. • Today would’ve been the 107th birthday of Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Selkirk. Dubbed “Twinkletoes” for his distinct runningContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, George Selkirk, Larry Walker”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – On September 5, 1914, a 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitching prospect stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning and belted a three-run home run off of Toronto Maple Leafs hurler Ellis Johnson at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island. Few thought muchContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”

But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run which he hit at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island on September 5, 1914, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is selling limited edition prints (numbered to 714 and shown above) thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis”

Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame

Just over 100 years after he walked to the plate to become the first batter to face Babe Ruth in a big league game, St. Thomas, Ont., native Jack Graney was honoured with a plaque on his hometown’s Wall of Fame. The former Cleveland Indians outfielder and broadcaster, who singled up the middle against theContinue reading “Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond has been released by the Minnesota Twins, according to a report by Mike Berardino of Pioneer Press on Saturday. Diamond had pitched in 17 games for the Twins’ Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and had posted a 6.52 ERA. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Diamond, Jeff Francis, Paul Quantrill”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Graney to be honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame

  Jack Graney, the only major league player ever born in St. Thomas, Ont., will be added to the city’s Wall of Fame in a ceremony at the Timken Centre on Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. E.T. Graney, who passed away in 1978, will be honoured posthumously for his 14-year big league playing careerContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Graney to be honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame”

Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees

*Author’s Note: This is a blog entry that I originally published during last year’s post-season, but it seems fitting to run it again.* He’s Canada’s Mr. October. But even though George Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine-year career with the New York Yankees, the vast majority of baseball fans in Canada andContinue reading “Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees”