But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) doubled off of right-hander Buck Farmer in the third inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on August 13, he became the 13th Canadian to collect 1,000 hits in their big league career. He alsoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Daniel Norris, Dick Teed”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – On September 5, 1914, a 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitching prospect stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning and belted a three-run home run off of Toronto Maple Leafs hurler Ellis Johnson at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island. Few thought muchContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selling limited edition Babe Ruth prints to commemorate 100th anniversary of his first professional home run”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • With his victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Richmond, B.C., native James Paxton has won the first six decisions of his big league career. Surprisingly, this is not a Canadian record. Toronto, Ont., native Jesse Crain won the first 11 decisions of hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Brad Mills, Mickey Sinks”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • In case you missed it, Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday. The Canadian catcher was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29 after the club signed veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski. Kottaras,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Kottaras, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth”

But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run which he hit at Hanlan’s Point Stadium on Toronto Island on September 5, 1914, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is selling limited edition prints (numbered to 714 and shown above) thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Babe Ruth, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis”

Canadian owner brought Babe Ruth to Red Sox

It was an optimistic Canadian named J.J. Lannin who secured the rights to Babe Ruth for the Boston Red Sox. Orphaned at age 14, Lannin had migrated from Quebec City to Boston in search of work in the 1880s. According to Bob Elliott’s groundbreaking book “The Northern Game,” the ambitious Lannin landed a job asContinue reading “Canadian owner brought Babe Ruth to Red Sox”