1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Dick Whitman

He lost his big league job to Duke Snider and had to compete for playing time with Roberto Clemente, but Dick Whitman still managed to forge out a 13-year career in professional baseball. Born in Woodburn, Ore., in 1920, Whitman played for the semi-pro Silverton Red Sox alongside future big leaguers Johnny Pesky and JoeContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Dick Whitman”

In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and savour the memories of the Canadian baseball legends that we lost in 2011. In part one of my two-part series, I’ve created obituaries for the legends that we lost during the first half of 2011: Roy Hartsfield, January 15 After 15 seasonsContinue reading “In Memoriam – Remembering Canadian baseball legends that died in 2011 – Part 1”

Duke Snider: The Duke of Delorimier

Before he became the “Duke of Flatbush,” Duke Snider was Montreal’s “Duke of Delorimier.” Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 17-year-old, Snider’s first contract included a $750 signing bonus and a $250 monthly salary. The power-hitting outfielder suited up for 131 games with Newport News of the Piedmont League (Class B) in 1944. AfterContinue reading “Duke Snider: The Duke of Delorimier”

But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Some baseball pundits are endorsing Cito Gaston as a manager of the year candidate. I have to say that, despite employing strategies that baffle and flabbergast, Gaston has the Jays playing much better than I expected. I was one of those people thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet”

But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Fred Lewis, Roberto Alomar, Travis Snider

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Two words that Adam Lind has grown to dread are high fastball. He just can’t seem to lay off the high heat. I remember reading a story of how Branch Rickey sent a young Duke Snider to the minors and made him standContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Adam Lind, Fred Lewis, Roberto Alomar, Travis Snider”