But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Wayne Gretzky shared that baseball was his favourite sport when he was growing up. The Brantford, Ont., native, who’s the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, said that if he had been given the choice of playing professional hockey orContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Just a reminder that the annual Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction festivities begin this Thursday with a home run derby and celebrity slo-pitch game starting at 6 p.m. at Rotary Field on the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont. Admission to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau”

New Canadian baseball book: The Pitching Professor: The Life & Times of Ernie Kershaw

Here’s some information on what sounds like a fascinating new book about British Columbia baseball legend Ernie Kershaw. The book is written by Vancouver sports researcher and historian Len Corben. Information on how to order the book can be found at the end of this blog entry. I’ve already ordered my copy. *********************************************************************************************** By LenContinue reading “New Canadian baseball book: The Pitching Professor: The Life & Times of Ernie Kershaw”

Remembering Randy Echlin

He was as passionate about baseball as he was about justice. That’s a good way to remember Ontario Superior Court judge Randy Echlin, who passed away on Friday after a courageous battle with cancer at age 60. Despite several conversations with Randy over the past decade, it wasn’t until about five years ago that IContinue reading “Remembering Randy Echlin”

Wee Willie Keeler “hit’em where they ain’t” in Toronto

Wee Willie Keeler is best remembered as a prolific slap hitter with the Baltimore Orioles, but the diminutive outfielder played his final professional season with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1911. Lured north of the border by former Baltimore teammate, Joe Kelley, who was managing Toronto’s Eastern League club, the 39-year-old Keeler hit .277 inContinue reading “Wee Willie Keeler “hit’em where they ain’t” in Toronto”

Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer

In recent years, British Columbia has become a hotbed for baseball talent. Current major leaguers Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC), Jason Bay (Trail, BC), Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC), Rich Harden (Victoria, BC), Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) and Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC) all hail from Canada’s western-most province. But 55 years ago, Bob AlexanderContinue reading “Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer”