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

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 two memorable firsts. On April 11, 1955, when he hurled 1-2/3 innings in relief for the Baltimore Orioles againstContinue reading “Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Bob Alexander”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Get well soon to Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) who revealed last Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Walker was scheduled to take part in the All-Star Game festivities in Denver, Colo., but he was forced toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Joey Votto, Steve Rogers, Scott Diamond”

But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: -Baseball Canada has unveiled the names of the 25 players that will comprise the national team roster at the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifier that will take place from May 31 to June 5 in Palm Beach and St. Lucie, Fla. SeveralContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Cleveland”

Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today

*To commemorate Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Fowler’s 100th birthday, I’m re-running this article that I wrote about his no-hitter that was published last September. By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto nativeContinue reading “Canadian ball hall inductee Dick Fowler would be 100 today”

Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian army. Though Fowler had pitched in a recreational league while in theContinue reading “Seventy-five years ago, Dick Fowler became the first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter”

Thirty years ago, Dave Stieb tossed the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was 30 years ago today that Toronto Blue Jays ace and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dave Stieb finally got his no-hitter. The legendary right-hander at long last completed the feat against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-0 Blue Jays’ win at Cleveland Stadium. This came afterContinue reading “Thirty years ago, Dave Stieb tossed the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – It was 31 years ago today that Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) made his major league debut. Batting sixth and playing right field forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Jordan Romano, Cal Quantrill, Pat Gillick”

But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday and picked up his first major league win in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. With the win,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . .Jordan Romano, Joey Votto, Jim Henderson, Roland Gladu”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter, Nick Pivetta, Orv Franchuk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Self-described Baseball Reference Play Index adherent Austin J. Eich shares a seemingly endless stream of fascinating baseball stats on Twitter, including this one (below) about Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.). Eich notes thatContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Gary Carter, Nick Pivetta, Orv Franchuk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mother’s Day, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Larry Walker

  My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! And especially to my mom, Glenyce Glew, who my dad and I have dragged to enough Toronto Blue Jays games over the years that she has become one of the team’s more spirited fans.Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mother’s Day, Fergie Jenkins, James Paxton, Larry Walker”