Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame visits Cooperstown

On Friday, I was fortunate to be part of a small group of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame representatives that was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Seven of us – including the Hall’s director of operations Scott Crawford, board members Harry Gundy, Charlie Hammond, Tammy AdkinContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame visits Cooperstown”

But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering

Some Canadian baseball stories from the past week (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond has jumped out to a commanding lead in the online voting for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The Minnesota Twins lefty, who won 12 games and posted a 3.54 ERA thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Scott Diamond, Ernie Whitt, Chuck Diering”

Canadian Ball Hall’s Tip O’Neill award is wide open

Courtesy of http://baseballhalloffame.ca It’s been a banner year for Canadians on the diamond. Twenty-two Canucks played in the big leagues, while the men’s Senior National Team dominated in a qualifying tournament in September to secure a berth in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Not to be outdone, the Junior National Team captured silver at theContinue reading “Canadian Ball Hall’s Tip O’Neill award is wide open”

But What Do I Know? … Tim Wallach, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Carlos Delgado

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Admittedly, I’ve been feeling nostalgic about the Montreal Expos lately, but last night I concocted a 2013 Toronto Blue Jays’ coaching staff comprised entirely of 1981 Expos. This is merely a pipe dream and not to beContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Tim Wallach, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Carlos Delgado”

Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon

While working in the Creighton Mine in Sudbury and starring for the company baseball team, Phil Marchildon was convinced to try out with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1938. The hard-throwing Penetanguishene, Ont., native struck out seven of the nine batters he faced at the tryout and would report to the Leafs trainingContinue reading “Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon”

The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Billy Harris

His first professional baseball contract was signed in a quintessentially Canadian setting. New Brunswick native Billy Harris was competing in a hockey tournament in Buchans, Nfld., when Brooklyn Dodgers scout Bill O’Connor secured the stocky 19-year-old’s signature on a piece of paper. Although the five-foot-seven Harris was a standout stickhandler, it was his right armContinue reading “The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Billy Harris”

But What Do I Know? … Justin Morneau, Phillippe Aumont, Montreal Expos

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., has added two exciting, new artifacts. New Westminster, B.C., native Justin Morneau has donated the cap (pictured above) he wore in the August 6th game against theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Justin Morneau, Phillippe Aumont, Montreal Expos”

The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Roberto Clemente

When I worked at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys in 2008 and 2009, I found myself fascinated with a 1954 Montreal Royals team photo. From 1939 to 1960, the Royals were the Triple-A farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, so baseball immortals like Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and DonContinue reading “The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Roberto Clemente”

But What Do I Know? … Fergie Jenkins, Rajai Davis, A.J. Burnett

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  Three words I never thought I’d associate with A.J. Burnett: Cy Young candidate. The inconsistent ex-Blue Jays hurler is 14-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 20 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.  Congratulations to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Fergie Jenkins, Rajai Davis, A.J. Burnett”

Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners

Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott is set to become just the third member of the media to be honoured by both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Elliott, who has masterfully covered baseball in Canada for more than 30 years, will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award inContinue reading “Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners”