But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – When Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) homered in the third inning for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, it was his 1,900th MLB hit. With that, as the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame tweeted out, Votto became just the secondContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, James Paxton, Jason Bay, Roy Halladay, Willie Upshaw”

Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. The National Baseball Hall of Fame shared the news of his death in a press release last night. The Hall’s release indicates that Seaver died “peacefully in his sleep of complications of Lewy body dementiaContinue reading “Remembering Tom Seaver and his Canadian connections”

Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Back in 2009, just prior to the 40th anniversary of the first regular season game in Montreal Expos’ history, I found myself thinking about that 1969 Expos squad. I wasn’t alive when they played, but I had heard stories about original Expos like Rusty Staub, Mack Jones, Coco LaboyContinue reading “Tuesday Trivia: Who hit the first regular season home run for the Montreal Expos?”

Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former Montreal Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passed away on Wednesday in a Miami hospital at the age of 58. Canadian Baseball Network writer Danny Gallagher, the author of several books about the Montreal Expos, was the first to report Sebra’s passing. So sad to report that 1986-87 #exposContinue reading “Former Expos pitcher Bob Sebra passes away at 58”

Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Over the past two decades, Canadian baseball fans – like myself – have been spoiled. We’ve been able to watch elite offensive talents like Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.), Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.), Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.), Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) and Joey VottoContinue reading “Two tidbits about Terry Puhl – Part 1”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one would blame you if you don’t remember any “Sweet Music” at the SkyDome in 1996. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays finished a dismal 74-88 that season and left-hander Frank Viola (nicknamed “Sweet Music”) struggled in all but one of his six starts with the club. Yes,Continue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Frank Viola”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – If you haven’t already done so, please take 24 minutes to watch this extensive interview that the National Baseball Hall of Fame conducted with Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker after his orientation visit on February 25. InContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Mike Soroka, Ray Daviault, Paul Hodgson”

He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada With the New York Mets, Ron Darling was an all-star, a Gold Glove Award winner, a 1986 World Series champion and he’s scheduled to be inducted into their Hall of Fame this year. Later in his playing career, he became a key member of the Oakland A’s starting rotationContinue reading “He played for the Expos? . . . Ron Darling”

Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota

  This is the third in my “Find the Canadian Connection” feature. For this feature, I close my eyes and reach into a random box of baseball cards in my basement and pull out a single card. I then try to establish a Canadian connection for the player featured on the card. The card IContinue reading “Find the Canadian Connection – 1991 Ultra Update Bill Pecota”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         I was sorry to learn that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Graney’s daughter Margot (Graney) Mudd passed away in Plantation, Fla., on Friday at the age of 98 after a battle with influenza. I had the privilege of speaking to Margot aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Terry Puhl, Rusty Staub”