Canadian Baseball HOF congratulates Larry Walker on Cooperstown honour

January 21, 2020 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s statement on Larry Walker’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction: The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame would like to congratulate Larry Walker on his historic election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame today. “We are thrilled to learn that Larry Walker will become the second CanadianContinue reading “Canadian Baseball HOF congratulates Larry Walker on Cooperstown honour”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As Nick Lee (@NickLee51 on Twitter) pointed out on Friday, Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) has been the San Diego Padres best pitcher since the all-star break. In 34 1/3 innings in six appearances since the Midsummer Classic, the Canadian right-hander has limited battersContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Russell Martin, Roberto Clemente, Tom Henke”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 26 years ago today that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to become the first – and still only – Canadian player honoured by the Cooperstown shrine. The 6-foot-5 right-hander won 284 major league gamesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Jose Bautista

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The Montreal Expos will be well represented in Cooperstown today as the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2015. Expos Nation, a passionate group of fans who are pushing for Major League Baseball’s return to Montreal, packed a bus that leftContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Jose Bautista”

Raines hopes to follow same path to Cooperstown as Carter and Dawson

Being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame proved to be a good omen for Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. After being honoured at the St. Marys, Ont.-based ball shrine, both of the former Montreal Expos stars were later enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Their longtime teammate, Tim Raines,Continue reading “Raines hopes to follow same path to Cooperstown as Carter and Dawson”

New photos of Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals

During my trek to Cooperstown two weeks ago, I found two photos of Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals that I hadn’t seen before (one above, one below). Here’s also a short bio I wrote about Robinson for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame website. (Robinson was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of FameContinue reading “New photos of Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals”

Bob Elliott poised to make Canadian baseball history in Cooperstown

Call him the Fergie Jenkins of baseball writers. No, Toronto Sun baseball columnist Bob Elliott wasn’t blessed with the Canadian pitching legend’s athleticism, but he does possess Jenkins’ work ethic, durability and penchant for producing consistently excellent results. So it’s fitting that Elliott – similar to Jenkins becoming the first Canadian player inducted into theContinue reading “Bob Elliott poised to make Canadian baseball history in Cooperstown”

But What Do I Know? … Fergie Jenkins, Jason Bay, Eric Thames

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  With Roberto Alomar, Pat Gillick and Dave Van Horne being honoured, next Sunday’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will have a distinct Canadian flavor. But let’s not forget that this year represents the 20th anniversaryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Fergie Jenkins, Jason Bay, Eric Thames”

Latest accusations will hurt Roberto Alomar’s Cooperstown chances

The photo most often published of Roberto Alomar from his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past June shows the former all-star’s beautiful wife, Maria, holding his hand and looking adoringly at him. Here’s a link to the photo: http://is.gd/ebun5 But if the allegations levied against Alomar last week prove to be true,Continue reading “Latest accusations will hurt Roberto Alomar’s Cooperstown chances”

Dawson makes it clear he wants to be remembered as a Cub

Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction speech was a moving tribute to his mom and grandmother, and a testament to his love for the game. But The Hawk’s Cooperstown address also made it crystal clear that he wants to be remembered as a Cub, not an Expo. To Expos supporters, this shouldn’t come as aContinue reading “Dawson makes it clear he wants to be remembered as a Cub”