The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Billy Harris

His first professional baseball contract was signed in a quintessentially Canadian setting. New Brunswick native Billy Harris was competing in a hockey tournament in Buchans, Nfld., when Brooklyn Dodgers scout Bill O’Connor secured the stocky 19-year-old’s signature on a piece of paper. Although the five-foot-seven Harris was a standout stickhandler, it was his right armContinue reading “The 1954 Montreal Royals team photo . . . Billy Harris”

Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run

You won’t find an ex-big leaguer with more personality than Paul Hodgson. Self-deprecating, intelligent, witty and a man with more interests than most of us can dream up, the Marysville, N.B., native was the second Canadian to suit up for the Toronto Blue Jays and the first right-handed hitting Canuck to belt a home runContinue reading “Maple Leaf MLB Memories: Paul Hodgson recalls his first MLB home run”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada

*Courtesy of http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca **Please note this is part 1 of a two-part post. The original face of the Montreal Expos, the current mastermind of the Milwaukee Brewers, the legendary left-hander from Moncton, N.B. and the reigning gold medalists from the 2011 Pan Am Games will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame atContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to enshrine Staub, Melvin, Cormier and Team Canada”

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Billy Harris, passes away

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer and former Brooklyn Dodger, Billy Harris, has passed away at the age of 80. According to the Moncton Times & Transcript, the New Brunswick pitching legend was recently hospitalized to treat a series of bleeding ulcers after he had fainted about a month ago. He died at his home inContinue reading “Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, Billy Harris, passes away”