But What Do I Know? . . . Walter Gretzky, Rowan Wick, Jordan Romano, Joe Carter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Rest in peace to Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease and a number of other health issues. The senior Gretzky was also a big baseballContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Walter Gretzky, Rowan Wick, Jordan Romano, Joe Carter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”

A (Steve) Christmas Story and other holiday trivia

*This is my (Steve) Christmas card to you. It’s been a tough year, a really tough year. I hope you can find joy this holiday season despite the challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of this blog. There were times in theContinue reading “A (Steve) Christmas Story and other holiday trivia”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 78th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins! Born in Chatham, Ont., he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15, 1962, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp”

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 aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Felipe Alou, Pat Gillick, George Bell”

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”