Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award

By Kevin Glew Coooperstowners in Canada It took him until his fifth consecutive 20-win season, but in 1971, Fergie Jenkins finally received the National League Cy Young Award. With the announcement, which formally took place on November 3, 1971, the 6-foot-5 Chatham, Ont., native, became the first Canadian to capture the honour. “Yes, winning theContinue reading “Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award for National League left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native is upContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson”

Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada After it was announced that longtime St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson had passed away on Friday, Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) paid tribute to his fellow Cooperstowner on Twitter. “I just got the horrible news of the passing of my dear friend Bob Gibson,” Jenkins tweetedContinue reading “Remembering Bob Gibson and his Canadian connections”

Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada By my count, the last Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher to throw seven innings in a game was 86 games ago. That was when right-hander Jacob Waguespack hurled seven scoreless innings and allowed only one hit to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2019. OneContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He went at least 7 innings in 81% of starts from 1967-72”

He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His overpowering fastball and late-inning dominance with the Chicago Cubs are the primary reasons Lee Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee in 2019. Some may even remember him as a menacing 6-foot-6, 260-pound closer with the Boston Red SoxContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Lee Smith”

But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was very sad to learn of the sudden passing of passionate Canadian baseball supporter, collector and author Marty Healy on Friday at the age of 42. I only met Marty a few times, but he was alwaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) recorded his first MLB save on Friday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With that, Romano became the third Canadian to earn a save for theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Nick Pivetta, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Rowan Wick, Josh Naylor, Gary Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Just how dominant has Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) been out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen this season? Not only has he not allowed a run in seven appearances (spanning seven innings), he has not allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jordan Romano, Rowan Wick, Josh Naylor, Gary Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Terry Puhl, Jordan Romano, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – No Canadian major leaguer has benefited more from the delay to the start of the 2020 MLB season than left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.). The 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner and New York Yankees southpaw told Yankees beatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Terry Puhl, Jordan Romano, George Selkirk”

Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The magic number for starting pitchers to secure automatic entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be 300 wins. At least that’s what it was during the era when Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) played. That also explains, in part, why Jenkins, who amassedContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner”