Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.”

*Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year on Jackie Robinson Day. It has never been more important to remember Jackie Robinson than right now. — Kevin Glew. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada How do you do justice to the most important player in baseball history? That’s... Continue Reading →

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Rogers Centre

Jackie Robinson starred with the Montreal Royals in 1946. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame April 14, 2022 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame News Release The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut with a display at Rogers Centre on Jackie Robinson Day.... Continue Reading →

Long Reads: Allan Roth: The story of the Canadian who was MLB’s first team statistician

Allan Roth (Montreal, Que.) calculated baseball statistics in his office before computers. Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Before Bill James, Sabermetrics and FanGraphs, one determined Canadian helped start it all. Allan Roth was a 26-year-old former tie and suspenders salesman from Montreal, who had a passion for baseball... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Claude Raymond, Fred McGriff

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday. Jeeho Yoo, of the YonHap News, reported Romak's decision on Twitter last night. The 36-year-old Canuck, who won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award... Continue Reading →

Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.”

Jackie Robinson played his first season of integrated baseball with the International League’s Montreal Royals in 1946 before breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier the following year. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. *Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson

This card was in the 2017 Topps Update series. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 10 years ago today that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. With that, he became the second... Continue Reading →

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s season in Montreal

Jackie Robinson played his first season of integrated baseball with the International League’s Montreal Royals in 1946 before breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier the following year. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. *Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackie Robinson Day, which is normally celebrated on April 15, was rescheduled to today. Here’s an article... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         With a no-hitter, a 16-strikeout performance and the first two complete games of his major league career on his resume in the past 30 days, James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) should be a lock for American League Pitcher of the Month honours. In five starts... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Jose Bautista, Duane Ward, Ricky Romero

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it (like I did), Mascouche, Que., native Eric Gagne ended his comeback bid with the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks on May 20. The 41-year-old right-hander was hit hard in five appearances with the Ducks, allowing five earned runs... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: The Colorado Rockies strongly pushed Larry Walker’s case for the National Baseball Hall of Fame on social media this year. In 10 seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native won three batting titles, five Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger... Continue Reading →

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