Valcke recognized for global baseball efforts

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca Los Angeles – Canada’s Tom Valcke was presented a special recognition award on Sunday at the World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) 20th Anniversary Commemorative Award Gala at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The head table at the event also featured a virtual Who’s Who of baseball, including WCBF founders andContinue reading “Valcke recognized for global baseball efforts”

But What Do I Know? … Jackie Robinson, Scott Richmond, Brett Lawrie

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I thought there was already a plaque outside of the lower-level duplex apartment that Jackie Robinson lived in while he played in Montreal in 1946. Regardless, it’s nice to see that a plaque has now been erected in front of his historic deContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jackie Robinson, Scott Richmond, Brett Lawrie”

Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal

*I thought I would re-run this blog entry on baseball pioneer Larry Doby that I wrote back when I started Cooperstowners in Canada. Not many people read it at the time, but I believe Doby’s story is worth another look.* Like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League, alsoContinue reading “Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal”

The Elite Eight: Members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Cooperstown

One trivia question that I like to ask my fellow Canadian baseball junkies is, how many players, managers or executives are members of both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (CBHFM) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame? With Pat Gillick and Roberto Alomar set to be honoured in Cooperstown this summer, the answer toContinue reading “The Elite Eight: Members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Cooperstown”

Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal

Like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League, also enjoyed a tenure in Montreal. His stint in Canada, however, came 23 years after he originally expected it. As Jackie Robinson was starring for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate Montreal Royals in 1946, Doby was tearing it up with the NewarkContinue reading “Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal”

But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  Some baseball pundits are endorsing Cito Gaston as a manager of the year candidate. I have to say that, despite employing strategies that baffle and flabbergast, Gaston has the Jays playing much better than I expected. I was one of those people thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Morrow, Rogers Sportsnet”