But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – I was very sad to learn of the sudden passing of passionate Canadian baseball supporter, collector and author Marty Healy on Friday at the age of 42. I only met Marty a few times, but he was alwaysContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Rowan Wick, Joe Carter, Jeff Heath, Kevin Reimer”

Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian army. Though Fowler had pitched in a recreational league while in theContinue reading “Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter”

Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Khalid Ballouli would’ve loved to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to honour his grandfather, Dick Fowler. And if he’d been born five years later, it might have happened. “That would’ve been something that I would’ve jumped on completely,” said Ballouli, who was a right-hander in theContinue reading “Like grandfather, like grandson: Ballouli followed no-hit throwing grandpa into pro ball”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Mississauga, Ont., native Josh Naylor has belted two home runs so far in his major league career and his enthusiastic celebrations in the San Diego Padres dugout after his homers have quickly made him a fan favourite in Southern California. The tweet below canContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Naylor, Nick Pivetta, Mike Soroka, Dick Fowler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         On this Remembrance Day, please take a moment to think about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Marchildon (Penetanguishene, Ont.), who was not only an ace pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s, but he also served as a tail gunner inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Phil Marchildon, Dick Fowler, James Paxton, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         When the Toronto Blue Jays called up Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) on Friday, it topped off a great week for Canadians in the majors (Keep reading below for more Canadian highlights). The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Canadian to appear in a major leagueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Dalton Pompey, Mike Soroka, James Paxton, Willie Mays”

But What Do I Know? … Edwin Encarnacion, Miguel Batista, Eric Thames

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): – It sure seems like Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is accumulating a lot of RBIs this season. That’s because he is. In fact, by my calculation, if he keeps knocking in runs at hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Edwin Encarnacion, Miguel Batista, Eric Thames”

Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Dick Fowler was a lanky, golden-armed 18-year-old when he dazzled the Toronto Maple Leafs brass at training camp in 1939. The local sensation debuted for his hometown squad in 1940, and Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics would purchase his contract later that same year. The six-foot-five hurler recorded a complete-gameContinue reading “Remembering Dick Fowler: The Canadian army vet who threw a no-hitter”

Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history

Canadian baseball history was made in the Minnesota Twins’ 11-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians last Friday. In that contest, Guelph, Ont., native Scott Diamond pitched a complete-game shutout and Justin Morneau, the pride of New Westminster, B.C., homered. This marked the first time in major league history that Canadian teammates have thrown a shutoutContinue reading “Scott Diamond and Justin Morneau make Canadian baseball history”

Yankees legend Tony Lazzeri played and managed in Toronto

It ranks as a mere footnote in the career of Tony Lazzeri, but the Hall of Fame second baseman enjoyed a 254-game stint with the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1939 and 1940. A valuable but overshadowed member of the storied 1927 Murderers’ Row Yankees, Lazzeri was a quiet leader, renowned for his baseballContinue reading “Yankees legend Tony Lazzeri played and managed in Toronto”