Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!

Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would’ve turned 94 today. In honour of his birthday, I present to you the short bio that I wrote for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farmContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!”

Canadians should remember Roberto Clemente on 40th anniversary of his death

*This article has been adapted from an article I wrote in 2002. When historians talk about legends that are part of Canadian baseball history, they often mention Babe Ruth (hit his first home run in professional baseball in Toronto) or Jackie Robinson (played in Montreal before breaking Major League’s baseball colour barrier). Seldom do theyContinue reading “Canadians should remember Roberto Clemente on 40th anniversary of his death”

Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees

He’s Canada’s Mr. October. But even though George Selkirk earned five World Series rings during his nine-year career with the New York Yankees, the vast majority of baseball fans in Canada and the U.S. don’t know who he is. “Not even hardcore Yankees fans are going to remember George Selkirk,” said Richard Tofel, author ofContinue reading “Canadian George Selkirk won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees”

Kellogg looks to be first Canadian taken in MLB Draft

Courtesy of Adam Morrissette – Baseball Canada (www.baseball.ca) OTTAWA – Ryan Kellogg plans on being at home with his parents when his name is likely to be called early Tuesday afternoon in Major League Baseball’s annual First-Year Player Draft. “I think I’m going to stay home from school on Tuesday and follow the draft online,”Continue reading “Kellogg looks to be first Canadian taken in MLB Draft”

Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections

During his 19-year big league career, Barry Larkin feasted on Canadian hurlers Rheal Cormier and Ryan Dempster, but fared poorly against Paul Quantrill and Mike Johnson. And though the 12-time all-star and most recent National Baseball Hall of Fame electee enjoyed a four-hit game against the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992, he hit onlyContinue reading “Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? … Jason Motte, Ernie Whitt, Jose Bautista

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  There are no Canadians playing in this year’s World Series, but Cardinals closer Jason Motte was born in Port Huron, Mich., just across the border from Sarnia, Ont. The bearded stopper is a spitting image of HallContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jason Motte, Ernie Whitt, Jose Bautista”

Canada is golden at Pan-Am Games

Courtesy of Adam Morrissette, Baseball Canada Lagos de Moreno, Mexico-Jimmy Van Ostrand’s (Richmond, BC) two-out double in the top of the sixth gave Canada a 2-1 lead and they held on to defeat the United States and win the gold medal at the Pan American Games. “To be going at this for so long andContinue reading “Canada is golden at Pan-Am Games”

2011 World Series: Texas Rangers have Canadian links

While no Canadian players will be competing in this year’s World Series, there are a number of players and coaches that have spent parts of their careers in the Great White North. Here’s a list of the links that Texas Rangers players and coaches have with Canada: Toronto Blue Jays Links Michael Young, DH, selectedContinue reading “2011 World Series: Texas Rangers have Canadian links”

2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada

While no Canadian players will be competing in this year’s World Series, there are a number of players and coaches that have spent parts of their careers in the Great White North. Here’s a list of the links that St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches have with Canada (A list with Texas Rangers Canadian linksContinue reading “2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of links to Canada”

George Selkirk: Canada’s Mr. October

With five World Series rings, he’s Canada’s Mr. October. Unfortunately, the vast majority of baseball fans don’t know who he is. “Not even hardcore Yankees fans are going to remember George Selkirk,” said Richard Tofel, author of A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939, in a 2009 interview. Born in Huntsville,Continue reading “George Selkirk: Canada’s Mr. October”