Kevin Glew recounts some significant events and accomplishments in Canadian baseball history that happened on May 17.
Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to . . . Jeff DeWillis?
Jeff DeWillis in spring training with the Blue Jays in 1986. Photo supplied. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Jeff DeWillis dug into the batter’s box at Comiskey Park with two outs in the top of the fifth inning with the Toronto Blue Jays trailing the Chicago White Sox 3-2. One of his catching heroes,... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was happy to see fellow London, Ont., native Jamie Romak be named this year's recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award on Thursday. In a year with so much gloom, this is a... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Jordan Balazovic, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson
This card was in the 2017 Topps Update series. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 10 years ago today that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. With that, he became the second... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Jesen Therrien, Andrew Albers, David Cone, Bob Lemon
Photo Credit: Baseball Quebec (Twitter) My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · Philadelphia Phillies reliever and Montreal native Jesen Therrien wins our unofficial award for best Canadian nickname on Players Weekend. The back of the 6-foot-2 right-hander’s jersey (see above) says “MTL-NORD” – a tribute to his home city. Unfortunately, it... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Jenkins, Paxton, Gwynn, Votto, Therrien, Carter
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · When I talked to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott Crawford about his trip to Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies last weekend, he mentioned that from his seats for the inductee parade he could watch each... Continue Reading →
1954 Montreal Royals Photo . . . Charlie Thompson
Is he Charlie or Tim? That's the question that still follows one of the longest tenured Montreal Royals around. You see, Charlie Thompson (as identified in the Montreal Royals team photo above and on his 1954 Topps baseball card) is presented as "Tim Thompson" on his 1958 Topps card. And if you conduct a Google... Continue Reading →
Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer
The next time you see J.P. Arencibia attempt to throw a runner out from the squat position, think of early 20th century Canadian Jimmy Archer. The five-foot-10, 168-pound catcher was reportedly the first to throw a runner out from the squat position. “The best throwing catcher of them all was Jimmy Archer,” Chief Meyers, one... Continue Reading →