He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada As a Detroit Tiger, Willie Horton was a four-time all-star, a World Series champion and the team’s first black superstar whose efforts earned him a statue at Comerica Park. His No. 23 has also been retired by the club, and if Tigers fans were to anoint another Mr. Tiger,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Willie Horton”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In his 36 years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth was a constant source of positivity and kindness and his narrative skills were second to none. The Blue Jays radio broadcasting icon was rightfully honoured with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s JackContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jerry Howarth, John Axford, Justin Morneau, John Mayberry”

But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Up until my mid-teens, he channeled his inner Mickey Mantle to hit me countless fly balls down Thames Crescent in Dorchester, Ont. And I chased them down while pretending to be Jesse Barfield. He’s a kind, quiet, patient, gentle and responsible man who has literallyContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Father’s Day Edition”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Mayberry Jr., Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lawless

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • When John Mayberry Jr. doubled in the 10th inning for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, he became part of the first father-and-son combination to appear in a game for the club. His father, of course, manned first base for parts of five seasonsContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Mayberry Jr., Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lawless”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Thanks to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and SABR member, Andrew North, for sharing with me that Huntsville, Ont., native George Selkirk, a former New York Yankees outfielder, once belted four home runs off of the same pitcher in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman”