Roberto Clemente started his pro career in Montreal

Roberto Clemente with the Montreal Royals in 1954. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame September 15, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When historians talk about baseball legends with connections to Canada early in their career, they often mention Babe Ruth who hit his first professional regular season home run in Toronto or the... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Cal Quantrill, Claude Raymond

August 28, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly Canadian baseball news and notes: -The Boston Red Sox announced on Thursday that left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) has been shut down for the season with a grade 2 lat tear. The Canuck southpaw, who had been working his way back from Tommy John... 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 →

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