But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When is the last time you heard someone discuss the “Fenway Park effect” when evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. And while people continually bring up Coors Field when debating whether Canadian Larry Walker (MapleContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Russell Martin, Mike Soroka, Dave Van Horne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, James Paxton, Dennis Martinez, Tip O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Hope, Ont., native Cal Quantrill has been very effective in his new role as a swingman on the San Diego Padres pitching staff. After picking up a win in his start against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, he has allowed just oneContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, James Paxton, Dennis Martinez, Tip O’Neill”

Artifacts from Canadian ball hall’s class of 2014

As you will see from the photos I snapped below, I’m far from a professional photographer. For great photos of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s festivities from this past weekend, you should visit Lori and Wayne Brown’s Photos. They do a wonderful job every year. You may or may not know that I’m workingContinue reading “Artifacts from Canadian ball hall’s class of 2014”

Canadian ball hall to induct Montreal Expos legends as part of four-day celebration presented by the Town of St. Marys

  For details about the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction events that will take place from this Thursday June 19 through Sunday, June 22, please read this press release that I helped write.    

Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer

It was Bill Mazeroski that helped teach Tim Wallach how to become a Gold Glove third baseman. Wallach, who suited up for more games with the Montreal Expos than any other player, revealed this during a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame conference call on February 3. The long-time Expo will be inducted into the St.Continue reading “Wallach learned how to play third base from Hall of Famer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Edition

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2014 induction class on Monday. Long-time Montreal Expos third baseman Tim Wallach, legendary Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne, former Expos GM Murray Cook and late Toronto Blue JaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Edition”

New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!”

Dave Van Horne says it would be easy for him to claim that his famous “El Presidente, El Perfecto!” call after Dennis Martinez recorded the final out in his perfect game on July 28, 1991 was a spontaneous exclamation, but that wouldn’t be the truth. “I was working the telecast with Ken Singleton and inContinue reading “New Canadian ball hall inductee Dave Van Horne reflects on “El Presidente, El Perfecto!””

Montreal Expos legends headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2014

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – Two men that helped make the Montreal Expos one of baseball’s most competitive franchises of the 1980s will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 21 in St. Marys, Ont. Long-time Expos third baseman Tim Wallach and former general managerContinue reading “Montreal Expos legends headline Canadian ball hall’s class of 2014”

“Saint” Shirley Cheek inspires on Canadian ball hall induction day

Shirley Cheek is a strong and courageous woman. That much was evident after a 15-minute interview with her prior to the posthumous induction of her husband, Tom, the legendary voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Former players George Bell, Tim Raines, Rob Ducey and builder NatContinue reading ““Saint” Shirley Cheek inspires on Canadian ball hall induction day”

Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners

Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott is set to become just the third member of the media to be honoured by both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Elliott, who has masterfully covered baseball in Canada for more than 30 years, will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award inContinue reading “Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners”