Long Reads: Canadian Russ Ford’s “secret” led to best rookie season in major league history

Russ Ford is in the bottom row, last player on the right in this 1910 New York Highlanders team photo. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada If you look closely at the 1910 New York Highlanders team photo above, you’ll notice that Russ Ford (bottom row, far right) is... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Jamie Romak, Tyler O’Neill, Claude Raymond, Fred McGriff

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday. Jeeho Yoo, of the YonHap News, reported Romak's decision on Twitter last night. The 36-year-old Canuck, who won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award... Continue Reading →

Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander

Vancouver native Bob Alexander pitched in four games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. Photo: The Evening Sun (Baltimore) By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Bob Alexander was the very definition of a journeyman professional pitcher, toeing the rubber for no less than 17 teams in 18 seasons. But the crafty right-hander’s resume does boast... Continue Reading →

He coached for the Montreal Expos? . . . Mickey Vernon

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He may have been the most important hitting coach in Montreal Expos history. Yet, even some of the most diehard Expos fans probably won't remember Mickey Vernon's tenure as the club's batting instructor. When the two-time American League batting champion took over as the team's hitting coach under manager... Continue Reading →

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken played the first of his 2,632 consecutive games 39 years ago today. It was against the Toronto Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Early Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said in an interview on the MLB... Continue Reading →

Five things you might not know about . . . Rick Cerone

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Most longtime Toronto Blue Jays fans can tell you that Bill Singer threw the first regular season pitch in the franchise's history on that snowy day at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977. But who caught that first pitch? The answer is Rick Cerone, who turns 67 today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoyXVG2Xc6E... Continue Reading →

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