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

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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 an... Continue Reading →

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

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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 of... Continue Reading →

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

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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 →

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

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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 a... Continue Reading →

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

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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 understandable... Continue Reading →

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

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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 National... Continue Reading →

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Book Review – Willie Mays Aikens: Safe At Home

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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 Series... 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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