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”

Canadian Baseball Network Podcast – Jackie Robinson in Canada

I don’t like to listen to myself talk (a lot of stammering), but I was honoured to be asked to speak about Jackie Robinson’s 1946 season with the Montreal Royals for a Canadian Baseball Network podcast (I talked for about 40 minutes). With help from Peter Bean, Scott Crawford and Alexis Brudnicki, I believe thisContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Network Podcast – Jackie Robinson in Canada”

Scott Crawford of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame talks Jackie Robinson on Canada AM

In case you missed it, Scott Crawford, director of operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., appeared on CTV’s Canada AM to talk about Jackie Robinson and, in particular, his 1946 season with the Montreal Royals. Here’s a link to Scott’s CTV appearance: http://is.gd/TAO0s1 The new Robinson biopic “42” opensContinue reading “Scott Crawford of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame talks Jackie Robinson on Canada AM”

Jackie Robinson could’ve been a football star

If times were different, Jackie Robinson could’ve been Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. Unfortunately, in the late ’30s and early ’40s, Jim Crow reigned, leaving him with few professional opportunities. The multi-sport star lived in a shameful era when a black man was fortunate to find a job, let alone make a living as anContinue reading “Jackie Robinson could’ve been a football star”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to be present at premiere of new Jackie Robinson movie

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca)  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be on the red carpet in Toronto as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, and the Brian Helgeland film, “42.” Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama “42”Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to be present at premiere of new Jackie Robinson movie”

Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!

Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would’ve turned 94 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 “Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!”