January 8, 1991: Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Twenty-nine years ago today, Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) became the first – and still only – Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Canadian pitching legend was elected in his third year of eligibility along with fellow right-hander Gaylord Perry and seven-time American League batting champion Rod Carew. Jenkins grewContinue reading “January 8, 1991: Fergie Jenkins becomes first Canadian elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Ladner, B.C., native and 2018 Tip O’Neill Award winner James Paxton has now won nine straight starts for the New York Yankees. That’s the most consecutive starts that he has ever won in his career. Back in July and August 2017, he earned victoriesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Joey Votto, Dave Pagan, Eric MacKenzie”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Anyone out there still angry that the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t sign David Price to a long-term deal? The all-star lefty, who inked a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox following a superb two-month stint with the Blue Jays in 2015, is experiencingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: It was 26 years ago today that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to become the first – and still only – Canadian player honoured by the Cooperstown shrine. The 6-foot-5 right-hander won 284 major league gamesContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Jeff Francis”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins forged a fast friendship when they pitched together on two mediocre Texas Rangers teams in 1975 and 1980. And when you stop to think about it, it’s easy to understand why these two pitching legends hit it off. Both were workhorse right-handers whose goal in every start was to tossContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Gaylord Perry”