But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Early Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said in an interview on the MLB Network that Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) would miss the rest of the season due to nagging issues with the torn Achilles tendon injury theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.”

Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today

*To commemorate Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Fowler’s 100th birthday, I’m re-running this article that I wrote about his no-hitter that was published last September. 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 nativeContinue reading “Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today”

Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His nickname was the Leamington Workhorse. And that’s exactly what Bob Hooper was for the hapless Philadelphia A’s in 1950. In 45 games – including 20 starts and 25 relief appearances – that season, he managed to register 15 of the club’s 52 wins. Born in Leamington, Ont., inContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper”

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”