Labatt Park tour a must do for baseball fans

June 7, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada By the end of my tour at Labatt Park in London, Ont., I half expected the ghosts of Mooney Gibson, Frank Colman and Stan “Gabby” Anderson to waltz out of the backroom of the Roy McKay Clubhouse. That’s a credit to the vivid details and compelling... Continue Reading →

Canadian Rob Thomson named Phillies interim manager

Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) has been named interim manager of the Phillies. Photo: Twitter June 3, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The Philadelphia Phillies have fired manager Joe Girardi and have named Canadian Rob Thomson (Corunna, Ont.) as their interim dugout boss for the remainder of the 2022 season. The underperforming Phillies, who... Continue Reading →

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates

Book Review: George “Mooney” Gibson – Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates By: Richard C. Armstrong and Martin Healy Jr. McFarland - McFarlandBooks.com Some believe that George “Mooney” Gibson was as valuable to the 1909 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates as Honus Wagner. This gritty Canadian catcher was considered one of the greatest backstops of... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Rob Thomson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         North Delta Blue Jays alum James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) will make his second career post-season start tonight for the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Houston Astros 7-0 in the series opener on Saturday... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Scott Thorman, George Gibson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         There will be a strong debate about who should win the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award, which is presented annually to the top Canadian player. Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) has captured the honour in seven of the past eight years, but... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Fergie Jenkins, Dalton Pompey

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Like father, like son. At least, that would be the dream scenario for the Toronto Blue Jays as their top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is in Cooperstown for his father’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction this weekend. We all know how great the... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Joey Votto, Dave Stieb, George Gibson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 27 years ago yesterday that Chatham, Ont., native Fergie Jenkins became the first – and still only – Canadian player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. You can watch his induction speech here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh5R-qTkL8Y ·         One player making... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? … Joey Votto, George Selkirk, Terry Puhl, Al Widmar

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s good to know that Etobicoke, Ont., native Joey Votto is not only a Hall of Fame calibre player, but a Hall of Fame guy. You’ve probably read about Votto’s relationship with Walter “Superbubz” Herbert, a six-year-old fan with neuroblastoma. Votto had met with... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, George Gibson, Joey Votto, George Kottaras

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been 83 years since there’s been a full-time Canadian manager in the major leagues. That was when London, Ont., native and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer George Gibson served as the dugout boss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that drought may end soon.... Continue Reading →

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