Former Montreal Expos left-hander Dan McGinn passed away on March 1 at the age of 79 in Omaha, Nebraska.
But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Rheal Cormier, Larry Walker, Vin Scully
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – This is an exciting week to be a Canadian baseball fan. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will announce its Jack Graney Award winner on Tuesday and its Tip O'Neill Award recipient on Thursday. The Graney... Continue Reading →
Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Back in 2009, just prior to the 40th anniversary of the first regular season game in Montreal Expos' history, I found myself thinking about that 1969 Expos squad. I wasn't alive when they played, but I had heard stories about original Expos like Rusty Staub, Mack Jones, Coco Laboy... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · Happy 58th Birthday to Paul Hodgson, who was the second Canadian to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Marysville, N.B., native was the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home run for the Blue Jays. After signing with the Blue Jays on... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: · Forty-nine years ago today, the Montreal Expos defeated Tom Seaver and the eventual World Series champion New York Mets at Shea Stadium 11-10 in their first regular season game. Left-handed reliever Don Shaw was the winning pitcher for the Expos, while fellow southpaw Dan... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It has become an Easter tradition in this column to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted with the... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Having Lawrie and Lowrie on the same team in the same infield is a typo waiting to happen for a baseball writer. Fortunately for them, the Oakland A’s are reportedly looking to trade Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle... Continue Reading →
Who hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history?
Author’s Note: In March 2009, I found myself pondering who might have hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history. The answer was not a player I would’ve expected. Here’s the article I wrote in April 2009 about the player who belted that historic homer: For Montreal Expos trivia buffs, Dan McGinn is a... Continue Reading →
Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Boots Day
You might say that Boots Day was destined to be a Montreal Expo. After all, his first big league at bat – a walk against Mike Wegener – came against the Canadian club on June 18, 1969, and his first major league hit was recorded off of Montreal reliever Carroll Sembera on April 18, 1970.... Continue Reading →