Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand

He’s the most versatile player ever to don a Montreal Expos uniform. During the 1970 season, Ron Brand, who was primarily a catcher, played every position except for pitcher and first base. “I believe I’m the only guy who’s ever caught 300 [major league] games and played all of those other positions more than once,”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Ron Brand”

Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein

He’s the answer to one of the more challenging Canadian baseball trivia questions. Who is the only person to be in a big league uniform for the first game at Exhibition Stadium and the first game at the SkyDome? The answer is Chuck Hartenstein, who was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen forContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Chuck Hartenstein”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger

Canadian baseball fans are most likely to remember Jim Gosger for his tenure with the Montreal Expos, but it was his performance in Toronto 50 years ago that earned him his first major league starting assignment. Now a spirited, kind-hearted, 72-year-old living in Port Huron, Mich., Gosger has fond memories of his 1965 season withContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Jim Gosger”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell

“He doesn’t just hit pitchers. He takes away their dignity.”                                      Don Sutton, on Willie Stargell’s propensity for belting long home runs. That must have been how Montreal Expos southpaw Dan McGinn felt on July 16, 1969. With the Pittsburgh Pirates trailing 6-2 in the top of the eighth inning at Jarry Park, Stargell strolledContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Willie Stargell”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bill James, baseball’s most influential statistician, ranks him as the greatest second baseman in major league history, and fans that watched Joe Morgan play at Jarry Park would probably agree. In 43 games at the old Montreal ballpark, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound second baseman clubbed seven homers and recorded aContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Morgan”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Tom was not “Terrific” in Toronto. Admittedly, Tom Seaver, whose dominance on the mound earned him the nickname “Tom Terrific,” didn’t pitch in Toronto until the tail end of his career, but the legendary hurler lost all three games he started at Exhibition Stadium and posted a 3.63 ERA.Continue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Tom Seaver”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton

He won four Cy Young Awards, was selected to 10 all-star games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. But what you might not know about legendary left-hander Steve Carlton is that he started his professional baseball career in Canada. After he was signed as anContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Steve Carlton”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Longtime Montreal Expos fans won’t be surprised to learn that Mike Schmidt belted his first major league home run against their beloved club. To many of them, it seemed like the Phillies star never stopped hitting home runs off of Expos hurlers during his Hall of Fame career. WithContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Mike Schmidt”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre

In a previous blog entry, I noted that Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa – two of the three legendary managers recently elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – spent portions of their professional careers in Canada. Cox, of course, managed the Toronto Blue Jays for four seasons from 1982 to 1985, whileContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Joe Torre”

How did Roberto Clemente hit at Montreal’s Jarry Park?

Roberto Clemente appears comfortable and serene as he signs autographs for an eager group of kids in the above photo that was snapped at Jarry Park in 1970. But if you examine this baseball legend’s numbers in Montreal during his professional career, you’d have to think that Clemente was frustrated for much of the timeContinue reading “How did Roberto Clemente hit at Montreal’s Jarry Park?”