Former Expo Charlie Lea dies at 54

Charlie Lea, the only Montreal Expo to toss a no-hitter at Olympic Stadium, died at his home in Collierville, Tenn., on Friday. Reports indicate that the 54-year-old, former all-star died of a massive heart attack. Lea, who had been working as a radio analyst with the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate), was interviewedContinue reading “Former Expo Charlie Lea dies at 54”

Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Charlie Lea

He’s the only Montreal Expo to toss a no-hitter at Olympic Stadium. And more than 29 years later, Charlie Lea, now an analyst on Memphis Redbirds’ (St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate) radio broadcasts, still remembers the game vividly. “I walked four guys, so it wasn’t like it was a perfect game,” he reflected modestly, inContinue reading “Ex-Expos – Whatever happened to … Charlie Lea”

Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer

In recent years, British Columbia has become a hotbed for baseball talent. Current major leaguers Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC), Jason Bay (Trail, BC), Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC), Rich Harden (Victoria, BC), Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) and Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC) all hail from Canada’s western-most province. But 55 years ago, Bob AlexanderContinue reading “Bob Alexander: A British Columbia pitching pioneer”

But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Jeremy Accardo

My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories:  I’m confused. The Blue Jays shut down Brandon Morrow, their most dominant pitcher over the past few months, and then Cito Gaston calls his first team meeting of the season before Saturday’s game against the Yankees to tell his players he wants themContinue reading “But What Do I Know? … Cito Gaston, J.P. Arencibia, Jeremy Accardo”