Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ first ace. Before there was Dave Stieb, there was Dave Lemanczyk. And few have fought harder to stay on the mound than Lemanczyk, who tossed 11 complete games for a hapless Blue Jays squad in their inaugural season. The strong-willed, 6-foot-4 right-hander pitchedContinue reading “Ex-Blue Jays: Whatever happened to? . . . Dave Lemanczyk”

Great Canadian Baseball Moments: September 9, 1945 – Toronto native Dick Fowler becomes the first – and still only – Canadian to throw a big league no-hitter

No one could’ve predicted that Toronto-born right-hander Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 hurler had returned from a three-year term in the Canadian army and in three ensuing relief appearances, he had been lit up for 11 runs in 11-2/3 innings. “I came out of theContinue reading “Great Canadian Baseball Moments: September 9, 1945 – Toronto native Dick Fowler becomes the first – and still only – Canadian to throw a big league no-hitter”

But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, John Hiller, Brett Cecil

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is on pace to post a 9.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) this season. WAR is an all-encompassing statistic that measures the number of wins a player (taking into account their offensive and defensive contributions) adds to theirContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Josh Donaldson, John Hiller, Brett Cecil”