Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections

During his 19-year big league career, Barry Larkin feasted on Canadian hurlers Rheal Cormier and Ryan Dempster, but fared poorly against Paul Quantrill and Mike Johnson. And though the 12-time all-star and most recent National Baseball Hall of Fame electee enjoyed a four-hit game against the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992, he hit onlyContinue reading “Barry Larkin’s Canadian connections”

But What Do I Know? … Jackie Robinson, Scott Richmond, Brett Lawrie

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I thought there was already a plaque outside of the lower-level duplex apartment that Jackie Robinson lived in while he played in Montreal in 1946. Regardless, it’s nice to see that a plaque has now been erected in front of his historic deContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Jackie Robinson, Scott Richmond, Brett Lawrie”

Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal

Like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League, also enjoyed a tenure in Montreal. His stint in Canada, however, came 23 years after he originally expected it. As Jackie Robinson was starring for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate Montreal Royals in 1946, Doby was tearing it up with the NewarkContinue reading “Baseball pioneer Larry Doby was a batting coach in Montreal”

How Andre Dawson inspired ex-Expo Derek Aucoin

Derek Aucoin is the only Montreal-born player developed by the Expos to appear with the big league club. I recently caught up with the charismatic ex-pitcher and discovered that a chance meeting with Andre Dawson 30 years ago changed his life. Here’s the link to the article I wrote about Aucoin for Bob Elliott’s CanadianContinue reading “How Andre Dawson inspired ex-Expo Derek Aucoin”