Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr coached with the Blue Jays

It’s a trivia question that stumps even the most avid Blue Jay fans. Who was the first player, manager, coach or executive associated with the Jays to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Phil Niekro or Dave Winfield are the most common responses, but the answer is Boston Red Sox legend BobbyContinue reading “Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr coached with the Blue Jays”

Hall of Fame managers with Canadian links

Earlier this week, I wrote about Walter Alston’s successful tenure as manager of the Montreal Royals, before he became a legendary skipper with the Dodgers. “The Quiet Man,” as he was sometimes dubbed, would pilot the Dodgers for 23 seasons, leading them to four World Series titles and seven National League pennants. But Alston isn’tContinue reading “Hall of Fame managers with Canadian links”

Dodgers legend Walter Alston also managed Montreal Royals

Before guiding the Dodgers to four World Series titles and seven National League pennants, Hall of Fame skipper, Walter Alston, honed his managerial skills with the Montreal Royals. Born in Venice, Ohio on December 1, 1911, the legendary bench boss enjoyed a brief, uneventful stint in the big leagues as a player. His only majorContinue reading “Dodgers legend Walter Alston also managed Montreal Royals”

Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Charlie Lea

He’s the only Montreal Expo to toss a no-hitter at Olympic Stadium. And more than 29 years later, Charlie Lea, now an analyst on Memphis Redbirds’ (St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate) radio broadcasts, still remembers the game vividly. “I walked four guys, so it wasn’t like it was a perfect game,” he reflected modestly, inContinue reading “Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Charlie Lea”

Dick Williams’ “Impossible Dream” began in Toronto

(I’m re-posting this entry. This was the first blog entry I wrote before I went public with my blog.) In his candid biography “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” Dick Williams admits he was a “designated smart ass” during his playing career. A chronic shoulder injury hampered him as a player and eventually relegated him toContinue reading “Dick Williams’ “Impossible Dream” began in Toronto”

Dawson makes it clear he wants to be remembered as a Cub

Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction speech was a moving tribute to his mom and grandmother, and a testament to his love for the game. But The Hawk’s Cooperstown address also made it crystal clear that he wants to be remembered as a Cub, not an Expo. To Expos supporters, this shouldn’t come as aContinue reading “Dawson makes it clear he wants to be remembered as a Cub”