But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • You know those baseball cards you collected as a kid? Well, it turns out that it was a Canadian who masterminded the first set of baseball cards that was packaged with gum. Nova Scotia native Enos Gordon Goudey, who later moved to Boston, Mass.,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Enos Gordon Goudey, Brett Lawrie, Fergie Jenkins”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Brooks Robinson

The following is a short piece that I wrote in 2010 about Robinson’s tenure with the Vancouver Mounties. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He’s widely considered the best third baseman ever. From 1955 to 1977 with the Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson was named to 18 all-star teams, won 16 Gold Glove awards, slammed 268Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Brooks Robinson”

September 15, 1977 – Remembering the game that Earl Weaver forfeited at Exhibition Stadium

The headline in the Toronto Star the next day read, “When the rain came, Earl went home.” And as the baseball community mourns the passing of Earl Weaver, who died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 82, many of those in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 15, 1977 still reminisce aboutContinue reading “September 15, 1977 – Remembering the game that Earl Weaver forfeited at Exhibition Stadium”

From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dave Pagan felt numb as he peered in for a sign from Thurman Munson. And a case of nerves was understandable for a 23-year-old prairie kid who had grown up in a tiny farming community in northeast Saskatchewan and was now pitching in front of more than 28,000 boisterousContinue reading “From small-town Saskatchewan to Yankee Stadium, Dave Pagan defied long odds to pitch in the big leagues”

Brooks Robinson’s career almost ended in Vancouver

He’s widely considered the best third baseman ever. From 1955 to 1977 with the Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson was named to 18 all-star teams, won 16 Gold Glove awards, slammed 268 homers and was a two-time World Series champion (1966 and 1970). For his efforts, the gregarious Arkansas native was elected to the National BaseballContinue reading “Brooks Robinson’s career almost ended in Vancouver”

But What Do I Know? … Brandon Morrow, Paul Beeston, Johnny Mac, Jays Managerial Candidates

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I understand the Jays’ decision to shut down Brandon Morrow, but boy baseball has changed over the last 20 years. Making an announcement that you’re shutting down your most dominant pitcher after his first start in September equates to Blue Jays management wavingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brandon Morrow, Paul Beeston, Johnny Mac, Jays Managerial Candidates”