Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 29

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada For the past month, I’ve been posting an “Uplifting Canadian Baseball Photo/Video of the Day” on Twitter and Facebook. I realize that many of you don’t follow me on social media, so each Friday, my plan is to share the top three (most retweeted, liked or shared) of theseContinue reading “Uplifting Canadian baseball photos/videos of the week – May 29”

Find the Canadian connection – 1980 Topps Jerry Turner

  Today I’m introducing a feature to the blog. For this “Find the Canadian Connection” feature, I will close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I will then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card.Continue reading “Find the Canadian connection – 1980 Topps Jerry Turner”

But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian Baseball Network founder Bob Elliott and former Montreal Expos catcher and current Blue Jays Central studio analyst Joe Siddall on their inductions into the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame which took place lastContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Bob Elliott, Joe Siddall, Tip O’Neill Award voting, Pedro Martinez”

But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Port Dover, Ont., native John Axford has signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invite to big league spring training. The 6-foot-5 reliever struggled in 2017 after beginning the campaign on the disabled list with a right shoulderContinue reading “But What Do I Know?. . . John Axford, Pedro Martinez, Robin Yount, Eric Cyr”

But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: I won’t pretend that I really know Chris Colabello, but I do know this, in 29 years of going to spring training in Dunedin and attending Toronto Blue Jays games, I’ve never met a kinder, more generous player. I’ve told this story before, but inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Chris Colabello, Bill Singer, Paul Quantrill”

Serge Touchette to receive Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award on Saturday

Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca St. Marys, Ont. – Legendary Montreal Expos beat writer Serge Touchette will be presented with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2015 Jack Graney Award on Saturday, April 2 when the Toronto Blue Jays battle the Boston Red Sox in a preseason game at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. Touchette will be presented withContinue reading “Serge Touchette to receive Canadian ball hall’s Jack Graney Award on Saturday”

Serge Touchette wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award

Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – Legendary Montreal Expos beat writer Serge Touchette has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2015 Jack Graney Award. The St. Marys, Ont.-based shrine presents this award annually to a member of the media who has made significant contributions toContinue reading “Serge Touchette wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award”

Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Without Rod Carew, Tony Fernandez probably wouldn’t have recorded more hits than any other player in Toronto Blue Jays history. Fernandez, who rapped out 1,583 hits with the Blue Jays, idolized the Panama-born Hall of Famer and modeled his batting stance after him. And if you were lucky enoughContinue reading “Cooperstowners in Canada: Rod Carew”

Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal

When Tony Gwynn slashed a single into centre field in the first inning on August 6, 1999 at Olympic Stadium, he became the first player to register their 3,000th big league hit outside of the United States. Numbering just 13,540, the small but boisterous Montreal crowd rewarded the eight-time batting champ with a lengthy standingContinue reading “Tony Gwynn recorded his 3,000th hit in Montreal”

Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer

The next time you see J.P. Arencibia attempt to throw a runner out from the squat position, think of early 20th century Canadian Jimmy Archer. The five-foot-10, 168-pound catcher was reportedly the first to throw a runner out from the squat position. “The best throwing catcher of them all was Jimmy Archer,” Chief Meyers, oneContinue reading “Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer”