Two former big league pitchers, a legendary Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and a grassroots coach and executive who has devoted seven decades to baseball have been elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Former Montreal Expos left-hander Denis Boucher (Montreal, Que.), ex-Oakland A’s right-hander Rich Harden (Victoria, B.C.) and rifle-armed ex-Blue Jays right fielder Jesse Barfield will be inducted in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ont., on June 17. Longtime Manitoba baseball coach and executive Joe Wiwchar will also be inducted.
Remembering the Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers and national team contributors that passed away in 2022
Kevin Glew remembers four Canadians who made significant contributions to baseball in our country that passed away in 2022.
Davisson recalls being a part of Canada’s first junior national squad
June 30, 2022 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It could be called Canada’s first junior national team, and Bob Davisson, then a naïve, 16-year-old left-hander from Oakbank, Man., was part of it. He recently contacted Baseball Canada to reminisce about that trailblazing squad of 14 teenagers, selected from four provinces, that travelled to Cuba... Continue Reading →
Manitoba baseball legend Gerry MacKay passes away at 91
Manitoba baseball legend Gerry MacKay has passed away at age 91. Photo: Redpath Funeral Home By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Gerry MacKay, the head coach of the first Canadian national team to compete in the Pan Am Games, passed away on January 22 in Brandon, Man., at the age of 91. A multi-sport legend... Continue Reading →
But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, George Selkirk, Gerry MacKay, Doc Younker
Legendary trainer Doc Younker was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. He passed away six years ago today. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Some Canadian baseball news and notes: -On Wednesday, Global News ran a wonderful tribute to Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) as part... Continue Reading →
Former AAGPBL all-star Evelyn Wawryshyn Moroz passes away at 97
By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Evelyn Wawryshyn Moroz, an all-star second baseman in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), passed away in Winnipeg, Man., on February 3 at the age of 97. The news of her death was shared with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Wawryshyn Moroz was one of... Continue Reading →
Long Reads: Canadian Russ Ford’s “secret” led to best rookie season in major league history
Russ Ford is in the bottom row, last player on the right in this 1910 New York Highlanders team photo. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Subscriber Content Add content here that will only be visible to your subscribers. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada If you look closely at the 1910 New York Highlanders... Continue Reading →