But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the bigContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Jordan Romano, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, Jose Bautista”

Remembering when George Bell hit three homers on Opening Day

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthyContinue reading “Remembering when George Bell hit three homers on Opening Day”

Tours of historic Labatt Park to be offered this summer

Official Tourism London News Release London, Ont. – Beginning this summer, Labatt Memorial Park, home of the London Majors and the world’s oldest baseball diamond, will be offering exclusive behind the scenes public tours of this legendary facility. With a history dating back to 1877, Labatt Memorial Park has played an important role on theContinue reading “Tours of historic Labatt Park to be offered this summer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Rheal Cormier, Bo Naylor, Dave McKay

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you haven’t heard, Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) has tested positive for COVID-19 and has left the Cincinnati Reds training camp. The Reds shared the news on Wednesday. The Canadian slugger had gone 4-for-9 in four GrapefruitContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Rheal Cormier, Bo Naylor, Dave McKay”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rheal Cormier passes away at 53

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime big league pitcher and Cap-Pele, N.B., native Rheal Cormier, who was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012, has passed away at the age of 53 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rheal Cormier,” said ScottContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Rheal Cormier passes away at 53”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – “I’ve always dreamed of it happening,” Josh Naylor told Cleveland.com reporter Paul Hoynes about being on the same team as his younger brother, Bo. Hoynes recently wrote an excellent feature about the Naylor brothers, who hail from Mississauga,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Tim Wallach”

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984, Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a championship with both an American League and National League (Cincinnati 1975, 1976) club. But while most associate the fiery, white-haired skipper, who would’ve turned 87 today, with the Big RedContinue reading “Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Former Montreal Expos outfielder Ellis Valentine is the most talented player with the last name “Valentine” to suit up in the big leagues. This five-tool talent, who grew up in South Central, LosContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ellis Valentine, Adam Hall, James Paxton, Oscar Judd”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”