But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My deepest condolences to Ernie Whitt and his family on the passing of his mother, Dolly, on April 7 at the age of 88 from the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read Bob Elliott’s excellent article in which Whitt talks about his mom here. I rememberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie”

Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Khalid Ballouli would’ve loved to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to honour his grandfather, Dick Fowler. And if he’d been born five years later, it might have happened. “That would’ve been something that I would’ve jumped on completely,” said Ballouli, who was a right-hander in theContinue reading “Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1979 Topps Roger Metzger

  This is the fourth in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1979 Topps Roger Metzger”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub”

Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98

Margot (Graney) Mudd, the daughter of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Cleveland Indians baseball legend, Jack Graney, passed away on Friday in Plantation, Fla., at the age of 98. Her daughter, Perry Smith, shared this morning that her mother had died at her home after battling influenza. Born in Cleveland in 1921, Margot,Continue reading “Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98”

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates By: Richard C. Armstrong and Martin Healy Jr. McFarland – McFarlandBooks.com Some believe that George “Mooney” Gibson was as valuable to the 1909 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates as Honus Wagner. This gritty Canadian catcher was considered one of the greatest backstops ofContinue reading “Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Today is International Women’s Day and I’m blessed to have many strong women in my life as friends, colleagues and relatives. I’d especially like to pay tribute to my mother Glenyce Glew. She has been a tremendous role model and a source of unconditionalContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Tyler O’Neill, Rowan Wick, Jacques Doucet”

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If there’s a better guy in professional baseball than Scott Richmond, I haven’t met him. The Vancouver native is kind, thoughtful and inspiring and he recently told me that after 15 years in the pro ranks, he is retiring. However, like fellow B.C. native,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Joey Votto, Tyler O’Neill, Howie Starkman”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was heartbroken to wake up to the news this morning that Toronto Blue Jays great and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. I wrote an article about the Blue Jays great here. MyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tony Fernandez, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Gary Carter”

Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez passes away at 57

Toronto Blue Jays legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Fernandez has passed away at the age of 57. He had been in an induced coma in a Miami hospital due to complications from a kidney disease since early February. In recent days, Fernandez had shown some signs of improvement, but according toContinue reading “Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez passes away at 57”