But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last week, we shared a link to Shi Davidi’s Sportsnet article in which Montreal native and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said he might retire after this season when his lucrative contract that he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays prior to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Nick Pivetta, Scott Richmond, Tom Burgess”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Fifty-one years ago today, two days after he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Philadelphia Phillies, Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins relieved Cubs starter Bob Hendley in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field andContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Rheal Cormier, Hank Aaron, Tom Burgess”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime Montreal Expos fans won’t be surprised to learn that Mike Schmidt belted his first major league home run against their beloved club. To many of them, it seemed like the Phillies star never stopped hitting home runs off of Expos hurlers during his Hall of Fame career. WithContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt”

Who hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history?

Author’s Note: In March 2009, I found myself pondering who might have hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history. The answer was not a player I would’ve expected. Here’s the article I wrote in April 2009 about the player who belted that historic homer: For Montreal Expos trivia buffs, Dan McGinn is aContinue reading “Who hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history?”

Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run

You won’t find an ex-big leaguer with more personality than Paul Hodgson. Self-deprecating, intelligent, witty and a man with more interests than most of us can dream up, the Marysville, N.B., native was the second Canadian to suit up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home runContinue reading “Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run”

But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Corey Patterson, Gary Carter

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):  I’m old enough to remember George Bell patrolling the outfield for the Jays, and circus music played in my head when the ball was hit to Fred Lewis last season, but those two seem like Gold GloveContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Ryan Dempster, Corey Patterson, Gary Carter”