But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub”

Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98

Margot (Graney) Mudd, the daughter of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Cleveland Indians baseball legend, Jack Graney, passed away on Friday in Plantation, Fla., at the age of 98. Her daughter, Perry Smith, shared this morning that her mother had died at her home after battling influenza. Born in Cleveland in 1921, Margot,Continue reading “Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98”

Jeff Blair wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award

November 28, 2018 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – Sportsnet baseball analyst Jeff Blair has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Jack Graney Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significantContinue reading “Jeff Blair wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award”

Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award

Legendary Cleveland Indians player turned broadcaster Jack Graney (St. Thomas, Ont.) has been named one of eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Ford C. Frick Award. The list of finalists, which represent broadcasters from the Hall’s Broadcasting Beginnings category, was unveiled on Monday. The seven other finalists for the broadcasting excellenceContinue reading “Canadian Jack Graney finalist for 2019 Ford C. Frick Award”

But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The most heartwarming moment of the 2018 MLB Draft for me came when the Seattle Mariners dedicated their final pick to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Norton (Port Moody, B.C.), who was a longtime scout with the club who passed in awayContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Wayne Norton, George Bell, Adam Loewen, Tim Raines”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Plenty of criticism was levelled at Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro last off-season when the club did not re-sign David Price. Of course, in hindsight, given that J.A. Happ outperformed Price this season and Price’s post-season struggles have continued, it’s now easy to applaudContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mark Shapiro, Russell Martin, Cito Gaston”

But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Longtime Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is excited that his former club will be playing in the postseason for the first time in 22 years. Earlier this morning, he sent out a congratulatory message to the Blue Jays on Twitter. “Congrats to theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Roy Halladay, Josh Donaldson, Yogi Berra”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) continues to showcase his tremendous throwing abilities. He has now nabbed 31 of 70 runners that have attempted to steal off of him this season. This gives him a major league-best 44 per cent caught-stealing percentage.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, James Paxton, Jack Graney”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • For a major league team to make the postseason these days, they require their stars to be stars, but they also need to have one or two outstanding performers that come out of nowhere. The Toronto Blue Jays have five such players. Twenty year-oldContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Jack Graney, Tom Henke”

Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame

Just over 100 years after he walked to the plate to become the first batter to face Babe Ruth in a big league game, St. Thomas, Ont., native Jack Graney was honoured with a plaque on his hometown’s Wall of Fame. The former Cleveland Indians outfielder and broadcaster, who singled up the middle against theContinue reading “Cleveland Indians legend Jack Graney honoured on St. Thomas Wall of Fame”