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 →

Terry Puhl elected to Houston Astros Hall of Fame

Longtime outfielder Terry Puhl (Melville, Sask.) has been elected to the Houston Astros Hall of Fame. Photo: Houston Astros/Twitter By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Melville, Sask., native Terry Puhl has been elected to the Houston Astros Hall of Fame. The Astros made the announcement in a press release on Thursday. The longtime Astros outfielder... Continue Reading →

Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

Vancouver native Bob Alexander pitched in four games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. Photo: The Evening Sun (Baltimore) By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Hank Aaron, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Tom Henke

This is a wonderful photo of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees and Montreal Expos legendary executives Jim Fanning (far left) and John McHale (far right) with Hank Aaron on a special night at Jarry Park in 1974 to celebrate Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's major league home run record. Photo: Courtesy of Montreal Expos Museum... Continue Reading →

Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was Whitey Ford's manager when he recorded the lowest ERA of his professional career? The answer is Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk. The Huntsville, Ont., native was the dugout boss of the class-A Eastern League Binghamton Triplets in 1949 when Ford, then a fresh-faced 20-year-old,... Continue Reading →

January 8, 1991: Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Twenty-nine years ago today, Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) became the first - and still only - Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Canadian pitching legend was elected in his third year of eligibility along with fellow right-hander Gaylord Perry and seven-time American League batting champion Rod Carew. Jenkins grew... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher born... Continue Reading →

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