Remembering Jackie Robinson’s season in Montreal

*Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackie Robinson Day, which is normally celebrated on April 15, was rescheduled to today. Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to remember Jackie Robinson than right now, but when I re-read this today, I feelContinue reading “Remembering Jackie Robinson’s season in Montreal”

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

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

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 SluggerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Roberto Clemente, Adam Loewen, Adam Lind”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Johnny Rutherford, Jim Adduci

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: So far so good for Montreal Expos legend Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Thanks to the hard-working Ryan Thibodaux, who documents baseball writers’ ballots that have been made public, we know that Raines has been named on 139 of 153Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Johnny Rutherford, Jim Adduci”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Goody Rosen

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On Tuesday, it was announced that Darryl Sittler will be among the newest inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame. He’s certainly a worthy honouree, but how can Canada truly have a Walk of Fame without Larry Walker on it? The Maple Ridge, B.C., native isContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Goody Rosen”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams passed away on Monday in Baltimore, Md., just 12 days after celebrating his 90th birthday. Born in Toronto, Ont., on May 25, 1926, Williams was a multi-sport star at Toronto’s De La Salle College School, excelling in hockey, football, lacrosse andContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90”

But What Do I Know? . . . Alison Gordon, Fergie Jenkins, Ray Hathaway

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Alison Gordon was assigned to cover the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979, she became the first full-time, female beat reporter in American League history. Sadly, it took her death in Toronto on Wednesday at the age of 72, for many to learn aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Alison Gordon, Fergie Jenkins, Ray Hathaway”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • It’s been an eventful week for Montreal native Russell Martin. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates extended a one-year, $15.3-million qualifying offer to him and two days later, he was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at the catching position. Martin, who’s comingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Tom Murphy, Pete Orr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jean-Pierre Roy, Rick Langford, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Quebec baseball pioneer Jean-Pierre Roy passed away on Friday at the age of 94 in Margate, Fla. Roy had been suffering from prostate cancer, but his wife, Jeanne Duval Roy, said that he died from complications related to high blood pressure. Born in MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jean-Pierre Roy, Rick Langford, Jeff Francis”