Toronto Sun baseball columnist Bob Elliott elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

On April 14, 1978, Bob Elliott reported to Olympic Stadium for his first assignment as the Montreal Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Citizen. The then 28-year-old reporter didn’t know a soul and was so nervous that he was scared to leave his seat in the press box to go to the washroom during theContinue reading “Toronto Sun baseball columnist Bob Elliott elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame”

Bob Elliott inducted into Kingston sports hall

If you spend any amount of time with Bob Elliott, you’ll quickly discover that he’s passionate about three things: his family, baseball and his hometown of Kingston, Ont. That’s why his induction into the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame on Friday was every bit as meaningful to him as being honoured by theContinue reading “Bob Elliott inducted into Kingston sports hall”

Bob Elliott does Canada proud with Cooperstown speech

It seemed fitting that the most prominent jersey from my vantage point in the press box to watch Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott deliver his J.G. Taylor Spink Award acceptance speech was a Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds jersey worn by a young fan in the front row. After all, Elliott has been penning grassroots storiesContinue reading “Bob Elliott does Canada proud with Cooperstown speech”

Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners

Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott is set to become just the third member of the media to be honoured by both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Elliott, who has masterfully covered baseball in Canada for more than 30 years, will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award inContinue reading “Bob Elliott poised to join exclusive group of double award winners”

Bob Elliott poised to make Canadian baseball history in Cooperstown

Call him the Fergie Jenkins of baseball writers. No, Toronto Sun baseball columnist Bob Elliott wasn’t blessed with the Canadian pitching legend’s athleticism, but he does possess Jenkins’ work ethic, durability and penchant for producing consistently excellent results. So it’s fitting that Elliott – similar to Jenkins becoming the first Canadian player inducted into theContinue reading “Bob Elliott poised to make Canadian baseball history in Cooperstown”

Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter

The first image you saw when you visited Baseball Canada’s website on Friday was a photo paying tribute to Gary Carter. It’s a testament to the legendary Expo’s enduring impact on baseball in this country that our national baseball body has chosen to honour Carter, who played his last game in the big leagues inContinue reading “Canadian baseball community mourns Gary Carter”

Toronto Sun baseball writer, Bob Elliott, honoured by National Baseball Hall of Fame

No writer has supported baseball in Canada as passionately and skillfully as Bob Elliott, so it was fitting that the venerable scribe was named the first Canadian winner of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award this morning. The announcement was made at the winner meetings in Dallas with former Blue JaysContinue reading “Toronto Sun baseball writer, Bob Elliott, honoured by National Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Rich Harden, Alex Anthopoulos

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  If the Yankees can’t sign prize left-hander Cliff Lee, they can always pursue the second-best starting pitcher on the free agent market. That would be Carl Pavano. Wait a second, that didn’t work out very well last time, did it?  I likedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Brett Lawrie, Rich Harden, Alex Anthopoulos”

But What Do I Know? … John Olerud, Jesse Crain, Lance Berkman

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  In a perfect world, nice guy John Olerud would be the first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a Toronto Blue Jays cap on his plaque. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world and despite a .295 career batting average,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? … John Olerud, Jesse Crain, Lance Berkman”