But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Victoria, B.C., native Nick Pivetta made his first start at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. The 25-year-old right-hander started for the Philadelphia Phillies and allowed five runs and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings in his club’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto BlueContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Nick Pivetta, Joey Votto, Ozzie Van Brabant, Dave Stieb”

But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My condolences to the family of Charlottetown, P.E.I., native and ex-big leaguer Vern Handrahan who passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday at the age of 79. One of just three big league players from P.E.I. (George Wood (Pownal, P.E.I.) and HenryContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Vern Handrahan, Eric Hinske, James Paxton”

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”

1954 Montreal Royals Photo . . . Charlie Thompson

Is he Charlie or Tim? That’s the question that still follows one of the longest tenured Montreal Royals around. You see, Charlie Thompson (as identified in the Montreal Royals team photo above and on his 1954 Topps baseball card) is presented as “Tim Thompson” on his 1958 Topps card. And if you conduct a GoogleContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Photo . . . Charlie Thompson”

1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox

When Glenn Cox debuted with the Montreal Royals in the spring of 1951, the first batter he faced was Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers’ Triple-A Royals were battling their big league peers in an exhibition game, and as Robinson dug into the batter’s box, Cox, then a raw, 20-year-old right-hander, stared in for a sign fromContinue reading “1954 Montreal Royals Team Photo . . . Glenn Cox”

Ted Bowsfield: Penticton’s major league miracle

I thought I would resurrect this story that I wrote about Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Bowsfield in 2006. Bowsfield was one of the most fascinating former players I’ve ever interviewed. Hope you enjoy! *********************************************************** Ted Bowsfield: Penticton’s major league miracle He is Canada’s Teddy Ballgame. It’s an unlikely moniker for Ted Bowsfield whenContinue reading “Ted Bowsfield: Penticton’s major league miracle”