Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast two memorable firsts. On April 11, 1955, when he hurled 1-2/3 innings in relief for the Baltimore Orioles againstContinue reading “Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander”

These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Last week, while listening to former big leaguer Bret Boone interview John Olerud for his podcast, I learned that Olerud was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1986 MLB draft out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. Olerud, of course, didn’tContinue reading “These Blue Jays stars were originally drafted by who?”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –Langley Blaze and Junior National Team alum Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) is among the major league leaders with 13 hits so far this spring. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder is 13-for-33, good for a .394 batting average. TwoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta”

Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jesse Jefferson, a workhorse starting pitcher on the early Toronto Blue Jays teams, would’ve turned 72 today. The underrated right-hander, who hailed from Midlothian, Va., passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was just 62. Selected by the Blue Jays from the Chicago WhiteContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Jesse Jefferson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Former Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine is the most talented player with the last name “Valentine” to suit up in the big leagues. This five-tool talent, who grew up in South Central, LosContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd”

Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Ron Johnson, who played five games with the Montreal Expos in 1984, passed away from complications from COVID-19 in Morrison, Tenn., on Tuesday at the age of 64. According to a report in the Providence Journal, Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been battling symptoms in theContinue reading “Former Montreal Expo Ron Johnson passes away from COVID-19 at age 64”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 78th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins! Born in Chatham, Ont., he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15, 1962, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Though the Cleveland Indians were swept in their Wild Card series against the New York Yankees, their young Canadian slugger, Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), enjoyed a breakout postseason in which he established some major league firsts. Among them,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Bill Atkinson, Tim Raines”

Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce about the most costly tirade of Hall of Fame skipper Earl Weaver’s career. A master strategist andContinue reading “Forty-three years ago, O’s manager Earl Weaver forfeits game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium”

My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 10

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Here’s a summary of my three most popular posts on social media from this past week. 1. 37th anniversary of Dave Stieb becoming the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to earn an All-Star Game win. Thirty-seven years ago this past Monday (see my tweet below), Canadian Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “My three most popular Canadian baseball social media posts of the week – July 10”