Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada On top of his 3,000 hits, 938 stolen bases and first-ballot induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Brock is also the answer to an important Canadian baseball trivia question. Who was the first major league player to bat in a regular season game played in Canada?Continue reading “Remembering Lou Brock and his Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) appears to have found his batting stroke again. Hitting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, the Canuck slugger is 8-for-24 (.333 batting average) in his last seven games. Three of those hits have beenContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Denis Boucher, Larry Walker, Tim Wallach”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein

  This is the sixth of my “Find the Canadian Connection” features.  For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. You can readContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1976 Topps Bill Stein”

But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It has become an Easter tradition on this blog to pay tribute to ex-big league slugger Luke Easter on Easter Sunday. “Luscious Luke” was a hulking, 6-foot-4, 240-pound slugger who became the 11th African-American to compete in the big leagues when he debuted withContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Luke Easter, Al Kaline, John Hiller, Fergie Jenkins”

Find the Canadian connection – 1974 Topps Jerry Terrell

  This is the second in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian connection – 1974 Topps Jerry Terrell”

But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Think of what it would be like if you performed at a high level in your field for more than two decades and then finally 17 years after you’ve retired you receive the ultimate honour and are inducted into your field’s Hall of FameContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Jamie Romak, John Hiller, John Axford”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I have to think that Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton will be named to his first All-Star team when the American League roster is unveiled on Sunday (UPDATE: He was not named to the roster). The Canadian lefty boasts an 8-3 record and aContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Jim Adduci, John Hiller, Terry Puhl, Rich Harden”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         After consulting with my friends at Alberta Dugout Stories (@ABDugoutStories) and with Alberta baseball expert Ruben Lipszyc, I believe I can safely say that when Calgary native Mike Soroka started against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he became the first pitcher bornContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Nick Pivetta, Michael Saunders, Tom Robson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Forty-nine years ago today, the Montreal Expos defeated Tom Seaver and the eventual World Series champion New York Mets at Shea Stadium 11-10 in their first regular season game. Left-handed reliever Don Shaw was the winning pitcher for the Expos, while fellow southpaw DanContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Gary Carter, Larry Walker, John Hiller, James Paxton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, James Paxton, Scott Diamond, Jose Bautista

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Left-hander James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) allowed three runs in 1-1/3 innings in his return to the Seattle Mariners’ rotation on Friday after being out since August 11 with a left pectoral muscle strain. It was a disappointing performance, but with his return and NorthContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, James Paxton, Scott Diamond, Jose Bautista”