But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • George Shuba, who played parts of three seasons with the Montreal Royals (1946, 1951, 1956), passed away on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 89. The 5-foot-11 outfielder spent his entire professional career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. And though he competedContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Shuba, Dalton Pompey, George Spencer”

But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Stairs, Tyson Gillies, Jackie Robinson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – With this year’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the books, I’ve started to look ahead to 2015. Next year will be Fredericton, N.B., native Matt Stairs’ first year of eligibility and the Canuck slugger, who belted 265 career homers (second-most byContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Matt Stairs, Tyson Gillies, Jackie Robinson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Roy Halladay, Brad Mills

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Prized St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras homered in his second big league at bat in his team’s 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the 21-year-old outfielder also owns a Canadian passport. According to anContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Oscar Taveras, Roy Halladay, Brad Mills”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Wally Fiala

He didn’t quite make the big leagues, but Wally Fiala must have been able to tell some great stories about his professional baseball career. The gritty infielder, whose road to the big leagues was blocked by Brooklyn Dodgers superstars like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges, roomed with the spirited and loquacious TommyContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Wally Fiala”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Bobby Wilson

It was Jackie Robinson who reportedly encouraged the Brooklyn Dodgers to sign Bobby Wilson out of the Negro Leagues. And when No. 42 spoke, the Dodgers listened, especially after his 1949 season in which he won the National League batting title and was named league MVP. Born in 1925 in Dallas, Texas, Wilson proved toContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Bobby Wilson”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo … Joe Black

“He was not a star, but a nova, appearing, flaring and disappearing . . . “                                                                           Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer It would be difficult to describe Joe Black’s major league career more accurately and eloquently than Kahn did in his acclaimed 1972 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers. After toeing the rubber inContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo … Joe Black”

Celebrating Jackie Robinson on his birthday

Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would’ve turned 95 today. In honour of his birthday, I present to you the short bio that I wrote for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farmContinue reading “Celebrating Jackie Robinson on his birthday”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox

When Glenn Cox debuted with the Montreal Royals in the spring of 1951, the first batter he faced was Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers’ Triple-A Royals were battling their big league peers in an exhibition game, and as Robinson dug into the batter’s box, Cox, then a raw, 20-year-old right-hander, stared in for a sign fromContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame launches 2014 membership drive

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has launched its 2014 membership drive. Now in its 15th year in St. Marys, Ont., the Canuck ball shrine is hoping to increase its number of members by 20 per cent heading into what’s destined to be the most exciting year in the Hall’s history. “If everything goes asContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame launches 2014 membership drive”

But What Do I Know? … Emilio Bonifacio, Jackie Robinson, John Buck

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports): ·         At what point will Toronto Blue Jays fans start calling Emilio Bonifacio E4? As exciting as he has been offensively, he has been equally inept defensively at second base. ·         Three Canadians played portions ofContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Emilio Bonifacio, Jackie Robinson, John Buck”