But What Do I Know? . . . Mel Stottlemyre, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Steve Christmas, Rickey Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Please send good vibes and strength to Mel Stottlemyre, the father of former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre. In a Facebook post on Friday, the ex-Blue Jays hurler shared that his 75-year-old father is fighting for his life. “Calling all prayer warriors during thisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mel Stottlemyre, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Steve Christmas, Rickey Henderson”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the first rifle-armed Toronto Blue Jays right fielder. Before Jesse Barfield, Shawn Green, Raul Mondesi and Jose Bautista, there was Steve Bowling. The former University of Tulsa running back was the starting right fielder for the Blue Jays in the franchise’s first game on April 7, 1977.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Steve Bowling”

April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It seems fitting that the greatest Canadian pitcher was the first hurler to toss a shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. On April 24, 1977, Fergie Jenkins, toeing the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, dominated the Jays for nine innings in front of 29,303 fans at Exhibition Stadium.Continue reading “April 24, 1977 – Remembering Fergie Jenkins’ first start at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto”

Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr coached with the Blue Jays

It’s a trivia question that stumps even the most avid Blue Jay fans. Who was the first player, manager, coach or executive associated with the Jays to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Phil Niekro or Dave Winfield are the most common responses, but the answer is Boston Red Sox legend BobbyContinue reading “Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr coached with the Blue Jays”