On Roberto Clemente Day, I take a look back at Clemente's first pro season with the Montreal Royals and the legend's other Canadian links.
Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, loved the city of Montreal, where Robinson played for the Royals in 1946.
When Roberto Clemente's plane carrying relief supplies to Nicaragua crashed 50 years ago today, down with it went the hearts and spirits of the thousands Clemente managed to touch during his short life.
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 →
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 →
June 26, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada -In recent weeks, Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) has been one of the most dominant major league pitchers. In his last 10 starts, dating back to May 7, the Canuck righty is 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA and has struck out 65 batters... Continue Reading →
*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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →