But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It took 30 years but Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) finally has some Canadian company in the plaque gallery in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) joked about joining Jenkins in hisContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Ernie Whitt”

Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Larry Walker batted third at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. That had to give the nervous Maple Ridge, B.C., native, who had several sleepless nights thinking about his speech, some comfort. After all, his favourite number is three and he hit third inContinue reading “Walker does Canada proud, hits home run with induction speech”

A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He played in the long shadow of Johnny Bench and then Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk. And somewhere along the way, baseball fans and writers forgot just how good Ted Simmons was. But the eight-time All-Star catcher is finally getting his due. On Wednesday, he’ll be inducted into theContinue reading “A look at Hall of Famer Ted Simmons’ Canadian Connections”

Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Fittingly, Larry Walker’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction conference call began at 3:33 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The Canadian slugger’s love of the No. 3 is well-known. His jersey number was 33. He swung the bat three times (or a multiple of three times) in the batter’s boxContinue reading “Walker’s Hall of Fame speech keeping him up at night”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: –How is this for a welcome back to the big leagues? After being called up by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, left-hander Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) was summoned from the bullpen in the fifth inning that night toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andrew Albers, Joey Votto, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick”

“El Presidente! El Perfecto!” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 30 years later

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 30 years ago today that “El Presidente” was “El Perfecto.” That was how legendary broadcaster Dave Van Horne poetically summarized Montreal Expos ace Dennis Martinez’s perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers three decades ago (Listen in the video below). The 36-year-old Martinez, who had re-established himselfContinue reading ““El Presidente! El Perfecto!” – Dennis Martinez’s perfect game 30 years later”

But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Help could be on its way for the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen from a veteran Canadian, provided that the club can clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Right-hander John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) has allowed just one hitContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . John Axford, Cal Quantrill, Carlos Delgado, Andre Dawson”

Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In an era dominated by self-absorbed, steroid-supported sluggers, Carlos Delgado might be best remembered for his smile. The charismatic ex-Toronto Blue Jay even managed to smile throughout his retirement press conference in April 2011, when he finally conceded that his 38-year-old body would no longer permit him to playContinue reading “Delgado worthy of Cooperstown induction as player and as trailblazing humanitarian”

He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was the fall of 1975 and it seemed like the stage might be set for Larry Doby to once again make major league history. Doby, who, in July 1947, became the first African-American player to compete in the American League, was a highly respected hitting instructor in theContinue reading “He coached for the Expos? . . . Larry Doby”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Do you remember when the Cobra was a Blue Jay? No one would blame if you don’t. After all, Dave Parker was only a Blue Jay for three weeks 30 years ago. But in that short tenure at the end of the 1991 season, the then-40-year-old slugger supplied someContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Dave Parker”