Like Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux wore the No. 31 for the Chicago Cubs, but that wasn't the legendary right-hander's only Canadian connection.
Kevin Glew runs down some of Milwaukee Brewers legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Robin Yount's Canadian connections.
December 1, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame right-hander Gaylord Perry passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 84. He reportedly died at his home in Gaffney, S.C., of natural causes. Perry and Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) forged a fast friendship when they pitched together on two... Continue Reading →
This photo of Roberto Clemente with the 1954 Montreal Royals from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's collection is what inspired the creation of this blog 11 years ago. April 12, 2022 Dear Cooperstowners in Canada subscriber, Thank you very much for supporting my Cooperstowners in Canada blog. It's greatly appreciated. For over 11 years,... Continue Reading →
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enough... Continue Reading →
Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins forged a fast friendship when they pitched together on two mediocre Texas Rangers teams in 1975 and 1980. And when you stop to think about it, it's easy to understand why these two pitching legends hit it off. Both were workhorse right-handers whose goal in every start was to toss... Continue Reading →
It was Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Puhl that saved Nolan Ryan's fifth no-hitter. Manning right field for the Houston Astros, the Melville, Sask., native took off after a deep fly ball that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia clubbed to right-centre off of Ryan in the top of the seventh inning at the... Continue Reading →
Long-time Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor became a fan favorite in Toronto after Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick signed him to a three-year deal prior to the 1993 season. What most Blue Jays fans might not know is that Molitor wasn't the first Hall of Fame Brewer that Gillick had targeted. I recently discovered an... Continue Reading →
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Greg Maddux and Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins have a lot in common. Both were right-handed pitchers who won Cy Young Awards with the Chicago Cubs and both are members of the exclusive 3,000-strikeout club. Both also did the No. 31 proud at Wrigley Field - so much so... Continue Reading →
Happy holidays to all of my loyal readers! I'm hoping to create a new and improved version of Cooperstowners of Canada in 2013, so stay tuned. Each year, during the holiday season, I look forward to receiving a Christmas card from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. If you have purchased a membership with the... Continue Reading →