Remembering when George Bell hit three homers on Opening Day

How big of a deal was it when Toronto Blue Jays slugger George Bell belted three home runs on Opening Day in 1988? Well, the feat was celebrated on the first card (above front and back) of the 792-card Topps set the following year. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It’s the most dominant Opening... Continue Reading →

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 been... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Trivia – Who was the first Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Question: Who was the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to record 100 wins with the team? Answer: It's not who you think it is. It's not Dave Stieb. Thirty-four years ago today, right-hander Jim Clancy tossed a four-hit shutout over the Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium to notch... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Scott Richmond, Dalton Pompey, Scott Thorman, Tim Raines

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Thank you to Scott Crawford at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for sharing with me that former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Vancouver native Scott Richmond topped the Italian Baseball League in ERA (1.81), strikeouts (109) and innings pitched (89 1/3) this season.... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Rusty Staub, Joey Votto, John Axford, Michael Saunders

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal Expos legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Rusty Staub would’ve turned 74 today. He passed away on Thursday in a West Palm Beach, Fla., hospital. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported that Staub had been suffering from a number... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Vladimir Guerrero, John Axford, Jim Adduci, Ryan Goins

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         For those of us who remember the exciting Montreal Expos teams from the ’80s and ’90s, one of the highlights of the Toronto Blue Jays exhibition games at Olympic Stadium over the past three years has been the Expos legends that have returned and... Continue Reading →

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