Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki

Book Review Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay By Todd Zolecki Triumph Books LLC, 2020   Reviewed by Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On May 29, many Canadian baseball fans were glued to the ESPN documentary about Roy Halladay called “Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story” that was broadcast on TSN. The 60-minute production shone anContinue reading “Book Review – Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay, by Todd Zolecki”

Book Review – The Tecumsehs of the International Association: Canada’s First Major League Baseball Champions

When the Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first World Series title on October 24, 1992, Canadians rejoiced. Tens of thousands spilled on to Yonge Street in Toronto where they hugged each other and broke into joyous renditions of the national anthem. Similar celebrations erupted in cities and towns across the country. The revelry was understandableContinue reading “Book Review – The Tecumsehs of the International Association: Canada’s First Major League Baseball Champions”

Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home

It might be baseball’s greatest comeback story. At least that’s what I came away thinking after finishing “Safe At Home,” Gregory Jordan’s riveting biography of former Kansas City Royal and Toronto Blue Jay Willie Mays Aikens. This 264-page book offers a no-holds-barred account of Aikens’ spiral into drug addiction that reduced the one-time World SeriesContinue reading “Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home”

Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos

The 1994 Montreal Expos seemed unbeatable. With an offence propelled by Larry Walker, Moises Alou and Marquis Grissom and a pitching staff anchored by Ken Hill, Pedro Martinez and John Wetteland, the Expos owned the best record in baseball and led the National League East by six games on August 12 when a players’ strikeContinue reading “Book Review: Ecstasy to Agony: The 1994 Montreal Expos”

Book Review: Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season, by Shi Davidi and John Lott

How do you make a dreadful season compelling enough to read about? That’s the challenge that Toronto baseball writers Shi Davidi and John Lott faced with Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season, their 183-page book about the Blue Jays’ disappointing 2013 campaign. Fortunately for readers, these authors are gifted storytellers and superb interviewers,Continue reading “Book Review: Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season, by Shi Davidi and John Lott”

Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

Late in Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball (2013, Random House Canada), Jeff Blair writes that the Blue Jays “won the off-season.” After the club’s blockbuster with the Miami Marlins and their acquisition of R.A. Dickey, Blair – a Globe & Mail columnist who doubles as a radio show host on Sportsnet 590Continue reading “Book Review – Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball”