But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         If you’re looking for a memorable virtual gift for the Canadian baseball fan in your family, Fergie Jenkins is donating the proceeds from his cameo.com account to the workers at Sloan Park, the Chicago Cubs spring training stadium, this week. For $50 at cameo.com,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ralph Dickenson, Nick Pivetta, Derek Aucoin”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Rowan Wick, Nick Pivetta, John Axford, Aaron Sanchez

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame presented Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton with the 2018 Tip O’Neill Award prior to the Toronto Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre on Friday. The award was given to Paxton for hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Rowan Wick, Nick Pivetta, John Axford, Aaron Sanchez”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Dave Stieb, Jim Adduci, Don Drysdale

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Wednesday might have been the greatest day ever for Canadian pitchers in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) and Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) started and picked up the wins for double-A New Hampshire and class-A Advanced Dunedin respectively,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Dave Stieb, Jim Adduci, Don Drysdale”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Among the pitchers that Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has passed on the all-time wins list this season are Roy Halladay, Orel Hershiser and Hall of Famer Rube Marquard. But while I agree with the sabermetricians that say that wins aren’t a definingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Buehrle, Chris Colabello, Tyler O’Neill”

Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82

Jim King, who was named the International League’s MVP while with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1960, died on February 23 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the age of 82. On top of his heroics in Hogtown, King also clubbed 117 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons between 1955 and 1967 with theContinue reading “Former Toronto Maple Leafs outfielder Jim King passes away at age 82”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox

When Glenn Cox debuted with the Montreal Royals in the spring of 1951, the first batter he faced was Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers’ Triple-A Royals were battling their big league peers in an exhibition game, and as Robinson dug into the batter’s box, Cox, then a raw, 20-year-old right-hander, stared in for a sign fromContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox”

Don Drysdale played in Montreal and later died in the city

He was one-half of what many consider to be the best pitching duo in big league history. Hurling alongside Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale amassed 209 wins and regularly led the National League in hit batsmen during his 14 big league seasons. But while intimidation was a key part of his game, the fiery 6-foot-6 right-hander’sContinue reading “Don Drysdale played in Montreal and later died in the city”