But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Congratulations to Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) who will become the fourth former Chicago Cubs player to be honoured with a statue outside Wrigley Field. The Cubs made the announcement on Tuesday. The legendary right-hander had sixContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Ron Taylor”

Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 40 years ago yesterday that first baseman John Mayberry was named the captain of the Toronto Blue Jays. “I felt like the club needed a leader and that’s why I appointed Big John,” Blue Jays manager Bobby Mattick told reporters at the time. “He was the onlyContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Pat Mahomes, Tom Brady, Joey Votto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that it will not be electing a 2021 class due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the statement from their board of directors: – InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Pat Mahomes, Tom Brady, Joey Votto”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Please take a moment to remember the courageous and inspiring Jackie Robinson today, on what would’ve been his 102nd birthday. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, he starred at second base for the MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jackie Robinson, Mike Soroka, Ernie Banks, Jim Henderson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins lives in Arizona these days, and his state has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So I was glad to see that the baseball legend,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Mike Soroka, Matt Stairs, Rob Butler”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Happy 78th Birthday to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins! Born in Chatham, Ont., he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15, 1962, but it wasn’t until he was acquired by the Chicago CubsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Ron Taylor, Zach Pop, Stubby Clapp”

Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award

By Kevin Glew Coooperstowners in Canada It took him until his fifth consecutive 20-win season, but in 1971, Fergie Jenkins finally received the National League Cy Young Award. With the announcement, which formally took place on November 3, 1971, the 6-foot-5 Chatham, Ont., native, became the first Canadian to capture the honour. “Yes, winning theContinue reading “Flashback: 49 years ago, Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian to win Cy Young Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – In case you missed it, Langley Blaze and Junior National Team graduate Tyler O’Neill has been named one of three finalists for the Gold Glove Award for National League left fielders. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native is upContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Jamie Romak, Joe Siddall, Andre Dawson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With the retirement of Ron Gardenhire, the Detroit Tigers are searching for a new manager. I would suggest that one excellent candidate was born right across the border in Windsor, Ont. Stubby Clapp, who was interviewed by theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Abraham Toro, Ed Sprague, Fergie Jenkins”

Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who was Whitey Ford’s manager when he recorded the lowest ERA of his professional career? The answer is Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee George Selkirk. The Huntsville, Ont., native was the dugout boss of the class-A Eastern League Binghamton Triplets in 1949 when Ford, then a fresh-faced 20-year-old,Continue reading “Remembering Whitey Ford and his Canadian connections”