Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book

A Canadian manager had to shut down a Canadian superstar for the city of Detroit to win its first World Series. That’s one of the many fascinating stories that Brian “Chip” Martin shares in his excellent new book, The Detroit Wolverines: The Rise and Wreck of a National League Champion, 1881-88. It was in 1887Continue reading “Plenty of Canadian content in Martin’s new Detroit Wolverines book”

Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin

He was Major League Baseball’s first 300-game winner and was later reported to have been the first player to have experimented with performance-enhancing drugs. Yet despite his accomplished and fascinating career, it took 124 years after his final professional pitch for a book to be published about Hall of Fame hurler Pud Galvin. Fortunately forContinue reading “Book Review: Pud Galvin: Baseball’s First 300-Game Winner, by Brian “Chip” Martin”

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”