Former Blue Jays pitcher Steve Davis has passed away

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September 13, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Steve Davis, the first pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization to register 20 wins in a single season, passed away on September 28, 2021 at the age of 61 after a courageous battle with cancer. His obituary was published recently by Thompson's Harveson & Cole... Continue Reading →

Five fun facts about . . . Luis Leal

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Thirty-eight years ago yesterday, Luis Leal tossed a two-hit shutout for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 8-0 win over the eventual American League West champion Chicago White Sox on a steamy night at Comiskey Park. It was the 26-year-old right-hander’s first major league shutout. “It was warm like... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland

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My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In July, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced it would be revamping its Veterans Committee voting so that separate committees will now examine overlooked candidates from four different eras: Today’s Game (1988 to 2016), Modern Baseball (1970 to 1987), Golden Days (1950 to 1960)... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Benson, Andrew Albers, Dustin Molleken

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[twitter-follow screen_name='coopincanada'] My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: - Baseball lifer Vern Benson passed away on Monday at the age of 89. The North Carolina native's 15-year playing career included stops with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946 and the Class-C Winnipeg Goldeyes in 1956 and 1957.... Continue Reading →

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Cooperstowners in Canada: Bobby Cox

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He could have managed the Toronto Blue Jays forever. That's what Stephen Brunt wrote about Bobby Cox in his excellent 1996 book, "Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball." "He could have been to Toronto what Walter Alston was to the Los Angeles Dodgers, skipper for life," wrote Brunt. But that wasn't to be.... Continue Reading →

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But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain

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My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): - The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., is offering fans a chance to own a piece of Toronto Blue Jays history. The ball shrine is selling seats from Exhibition Stadium, the first... Continue Reading →

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Giants’ pitching will lead them over the Braves

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Set to retire at the end of this season, Bobby Cox would like nothing more than to ride off into the sunset with another World Series ring. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen for the Cooperstown-bound skipper, who once piloted the Braves to 14 consecutive division titles. In a best-of-five series, the San Francisco Giants’ starting... Continue Reading →

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