Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada One of the benefits of spending a lot of time reading old stories about the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos is that I’ve stumbled across a number of fascinating long-forgotten photos. Here are two highlights from this week’s research: Tony Kubek in a Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform? MostContinue reading “Two fun photos: Tony Kubek in Blue Jays uniform, 1980 Expos team card”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton is rounding into form at the right time for the New York Yankees. After going 6-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings in six starts in August, the Canadian lefty allowedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Jim Fanning”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka who has been named to the National League All-Star team. With his selection, he becomes the third Canadian to be named to the All-Star team in their rookie season, joining Jason Dickson (Miramichi, N.B.) in 1997 andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jeff Heath, George Selkirk, R.J. Swindle”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Nine years ago today, Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto became the third Canadian to belt three home runs in a major league game. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman went deep off three different Chicago Cubs pitchers – Jon Lieber, Sean Marshall and Sean GallagherContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Eric Gagne, James Paxton, Tim Raines, Dick Williams”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: In July, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced it would be revamping its Veterans Committee voting so that separate committees will now examine overlooked candidates from four different eras: Today’s Game (1988 to 2016), Modern Baseball (1970 to 1987), Golden Days (1950 to 1960)Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cito Gaston, Joey Votto, Reggie Cleveland”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

Fanning reflects on the 1981 Expos

Jim Fanning is Canadian baseball royalty. The ebullient former Montreal Expos manager, who turned 84 in September, remains active in Canadian baseball circles. With over 60 years in professional baseball as a player, manager, executive, ambassador and most recently a fill-in analyst on Blue Jays’ radio broadcasts, the amiable Fanning, who resides in London, Ont.,Continue reading “Fanning reflects on the 1981 Expos”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of some of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. Here are obituaries of the legends that passed away in the second half of the year: Dick Williams, July 7 Elected to the National Baseball Hall ofContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 2”

But What Do I Know? … Charlie Lea, J.P. Arencibia, Dave McKay

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  It’s been a sad year for those of us who have fond memories of the 1981 Montreal Expos team that lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Right-hander Charlie Lea became the third memberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Charlie Lea, J.P. Arencibia, Dave McKay”