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 LaboyContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?”

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 onContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Paul Hodgson, Pete Rose, Andrew Albers”

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 DanContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton”

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 theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Kelly Gruber, Tim Raines, J.J. Lannin”

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 ChronicleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Scott Diamond, Otto Velez”

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 aContinue reading “Who hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history?”

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 “Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Boots Day”