Puhl fondly remembers 1980 NLCS

When Terry Puhl rapped a base hit to right field in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the 1980 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the Melville, Sask., native set a new record for most hits in an NLCS. It was Puhl’s 10th hit of that grueling, five-game battle between the Astros and the Phillies.Continue reading “Puhl fondly remembers 1980 NLCS”

Sparky Anderson’s first managerial job was in Toronto

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 with the Big Red Machine or the powerful ’80s Tigers teams, it’s important to noteContinue reading “Sparky Anderson’s first managerial job was in Toronto”

Ten things I would like to see happen in Canadian baseball over the next decade

In writing my blog entries over the past two months, I’ve expressed my thoughts and opinions about a number of things I would like to see happen on the Canadian baseball scene. For those of you who haven’t read my previous entries, here’s a summary of 10 Canadian baseball-related things (in no particular order) thatContinue reading “Ten things I would like to see happen in Canadian baseball over the next decade”

Canadian owner brought Babe Ruth to Red Sox

It was an optimistic Canadian named J.J. Lannin who secured the rights to Babe Ruth for the Boston Red Sox. Orphaned at age 14, Lannin had migrated from Quebec City to Boston in search of work in the 1880s. According to Bob Elliott’s groundbreaking book “The Northern Game,” the ambitious Lannin landed a job asContinue reading “Canadian owner brought Babe Ruth to Red Sox”