Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

Jeff Blair wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award

November 28, 2018 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Sportsnet baseball analyst Jeff Blair has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Jack Graney Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significantContinue reading “Jeff Blair wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award”

Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award

Legendary Cleveland Indians player turned broadcaster Jack Graney (St. Thomas, Ont.) has been named one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Ford C. Frick Award. The list of finalists, which represent broadcasters from the Hall’s Broadcasting Beginnings category, was unveiled on Monday. The seven other finalists for the broadcasting excellenceContinue reading “Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award”

But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  I can understand the Blue Jays’ decision to move Jose Bautista to third base until Brett Lawrie recovers from his broken hand. But the idea of Corey Patterson, Rajai Davis and Eric Thames patrolling the outfield togetherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Bautista, Gary Carter, Scott Mathieson”

Don Drysdale played in Montreal and later died in the city

He was one-half of what many consider to be the best pitching duo in big league history. Hurling alongside Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale amassed 209 wins and regularly led the National League in hit batsmen during his 14 big league seasons. But while intimidation was a key part of his game, the fiery 6-foot-6 right-hander’sContinue reading “Don Drysdale played in Montreal and later died in the city”