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 would strike out seven of the nine batters he faced at the tryout and would report to the LeafsContinue reading “Remembering Canadian big leaguer and war hero Phil Marchildon”

Statement from Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Sparky Anderson’s passing

“It wasn’t easy for him to do, but a humble and witty Sparky Anderson delivered in spades when he was enshined in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with Sherry Robertson and John Haar.  His accomplishments in the Major Leagues speak for themselves, but Sparky’s legacy in Canada will never be forgotten.  After playing six ofContinue reading “Statement from Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Sparky Anderson’s passing”

But What Do I Know? … Jose Molina, A-Rod, Ryan Howard

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  First A-Rod watches a called third strike to end the ALCS and then Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is rung up on the last pitch of the NLCS. I know it’s not easy to hit big league pitching, but these guys aren’t paid millionsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jose Molina, A-Rod, Ryan Howard”

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”

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”