Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61

  June 11, 2020 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom Goffena, the first player the Toronto Blue Jays ever selected in the MLB June amateur draft, has passed away at the age of 61. According to his friend, Mark Bulle, Goffena had been battling colon cancer for the past 10 years. “Tom passed awayContinue reading “Blue Jays’ first-ever draft pick, Tom Goffena, passes away at 61”

Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63

Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder Damaso Garcia has passed away at the age of 63. His death was confirmed to ESPN by his son Damaso Garcia Jr. Garcia had reportedly been in deteriorating health in recent years. In 1991, Garcia underwent surgery for a malignant brain tumor. The cancer and after-effects ofContinue reading “Former Blue Jay and Expo Damaso Garcia dies at 63”

Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81

Ron Fairly, the only player to be named an all-star as a member of the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. A cause of death has not been released, but the Seattle Mariners, whom Fairly had most recently worked for as a broadcaster, shared the newsContinue reading “Former Expo and original Blue Jay Ron Fairly dies at 81”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of 2016 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton who passed away last night at the age of 75 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born in Winnipeg, Man., NortonContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, Larry Walker, Scott Mathieson, Eric Gagne”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: On the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Wayne Gretzky shared that baseball was his favourite sport when he was growing up. The Brantford, Ont., native, who’s the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, said that if he had been given the choice of playing professional hockey orContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Gretzky, Jim McKean, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines”

2011 Jack Graney Award winner W.P. Kinsella passes away

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame W.P. Kinsella, the 2011 recipient of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award, has passed away at the age of 81. The beloved Canadian author, whose baseball novel, Shoeless Joe, inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Field of Dreams, died on Friday at his home in Hope, B.C.Continue reading “2011 Jack Graney Award winner W.P. Kinsella passes away”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Just a reminder that the annual Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction festivities begin this Thursday with a home run derby and celebrity slo-pitch game starting at 6 p.m. at Rotary Field on the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont. Admission to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jimmy Williams, Gordie Howe, Justin Morneau”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams passed away on Monday in Baltimore, Md., just 12 days after celebrating his 90th birthday. Born in Toronto, Ont., on May 25, 1926, Williams was a multi-sport star at Toronto’s De La Salle College School, excelling in hockey, football, lacrosse andContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies at 90”

But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Left-handers David Price and J.A. Happ have both made 21 starts since last season’s trade deadline, so let’s compare their statistics: Price: 136-2/3 innings pitched, 16-2 won/loss record, 3.69 ERA, 2.2 WAR. His salary for 2016 is $30 million. Happ: 128 innings pitched, 13-4 won/lossContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . J.A. Happ, Michael Saunders, Larry Parrish”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Doc Younker passes away

Long-time baseball trainer and 2005 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Harold “Doc” Younker passed away on Saturday at the age of 94. Younker served as a trainer in amateur and professional baseball for more than 50 years. “Doc was a kind, dedicated man who selflessly looked after players in Canada and the United StatesContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Doc Younker passes away”