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: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates By: Richard C. Armstrong and Martin Healy Jr. McFarland – McFarlandBooks.com Some believe that George “Mooney” Gibson was as valuable to the 1909 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates as Honus Wagner. This gritty Canadian catcher was considered one of the greatest backstops ofContinue reading “Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If you’re looking for a memorable virtual gift for the Canadian baseball fan in your family, Fergie Jenkins is donating the proceeds from his cameo.com account to the workers at Sloan Park, the Chicago Cubs spring training stadium, this week. For $50 at cameo.com,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin”

Book Review: Blue Monday: The Expos, the Dodgers and the Home Run that Changed Everything, by Danny Gallagher

“It still hurts.” That’s the response you’ll get from Montreal Expos fans like myself when you mention “Blue Monday” because those sinister words force us to relive the events of Monday, October 19, 1981. It was on that chilly fall day that the Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers played the fifth and deciding game ofContinue reading “Book Review: Blue Monday: The Expos, the Dodgers and the Home Run that Changed Everything, by Danny Gallagher”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: If it seems like Russell Martin has hit a lot of clutch, late-inning home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, that’s because he has. Thirteen of the Montreal native’s 19 homers have come in the sixth inning or later. Thirty-two years ago today,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tim Raines, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year contract extension on Saturday. The question many Blue Jays fans are asking is why? Though the payout is relatively modest by today’s standards ($4.125 million per season in 2017 and 2018 and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Justin Smoak, George Kottaras, Cito Gaston”

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”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Erik Bedard

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You can add Toronto Blue Jays World Series hero and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Carter’s name to the list of people upset that Carlos Delgado was not selected on at least five per cent of baseball writers’ ballots in this year’s NationalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Larry Walker, Erik Bedard”

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”

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

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 firstContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Jesse Crain”