Five things you should know about . . . John Mayberry

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By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 40 years ago yesterday that first baseman John Mayberry was named the captain of the Toronto Blue Jays. "I felt like the club needed a leader and that's why I appointed Big John," Blue Jays manager Bobby Mattick told reporters at the time. "He was the only... Continue Reading →

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

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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 →

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

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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 literally... Continue Reading →

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

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[twitter-follow screen_name='coopincanada'] 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... Continue Reading →

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