Tours of historic Labatt Park to be offered this summer

Official Tourism London News Release London, Ont. – Beginning this summer, Labatt Memorial Park, home of the London Majors and the world’s oldest baseball diamond, will be offering exclusive behind the scenes public tours of this legendary facility. With a history dating back to 1877, Labatt Memorial Park has played an important role on theContinue reading “Tours of historic Labatt Park to be offered this summer”

Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada His nickname was the Leamington Workhorse. And that’s exactly what Bob Hooper was for the hapless Philadelphia A’s in 1950. In 45 games – including 20 starts and 25 relief appearances – that season, he managed to register 15 of the club’s 52 wins. Born in Leamington, Ont., inContinue reading “Five things you should know about . . . Bob Hooper”

Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada When the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984, Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a championship with both an American League and National League (Cincinnati 1975, 1976) club. But while most associate the fiery, white-haired skipper, who would’ve turned 87 today, with the Big RedContinue reading “Sparky Anderson got start as manager in Toronto”

Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ

January 26, 2021 By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly roundup of former Toronto Blue Jays news and notes: Player Signings –LHP Matt Dermody has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. Financial terms have not been disclosed. –LHP J.A.Continue reading “Ex-Blue Jays News: Bass, Dermody, Happ”

Dorchester, Ont., native David Mendham named Canadian Baseball Network’s college Player of the Year

Note from Kevin Glew, blog founder: I grew up in Dorchester, Ont. So this special to me. Congratulations to David and the Mendham family! Official Canadian Baseball Network Press Release Canadian Baseball Network unveils 2020 Canadian college Player of the Year and annual All-Canadian college teams Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Network (CBN) announcedContinue reading “Dorchester, Ont., native David Mendham named Canadian Baseball Network’s college Player of the Year”

Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Former big league pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays doctor Ron Taylor and legendary Windsor, Ont., baseball coach Father Ronald Cullen have been elected to the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Wednesday, and Taylor and Cullen will be officially inducted in a virtual awards galaContinue reading “Ron Taylor, Father Ronald Cullen to be inducted into Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada There’s nothing greater than a mother’s love, but it doesn’t hurt if she can also teach you how to throw a curveball. Former Montreal Expos right-hander Bill Atkinson can attest to this. It was his mother, Patricia, that not only showered him and his four sisters with love asContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Bill Atkinson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth

  By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada In the first inning of his major league debut, a nervous 21-year-old Larry Landreth peered in for the sign from his catcher Gary Carter. Glowering back at him from the batter’s box was reigning National League batting champion Bill Madlock – an intimidating right-handed hitter nicknamed “Mad Dog.”Continue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to? . . . Larry Landreth”

But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Rob Thomson, Michael Young

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Calgary native Mike Soroka was named the Atlanta Braves Opening Day starter on Tuesday. The Canadian right-hander, who posted a 13-4 record and a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts in his rookie season in 2019, will get theContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Jordan Romano, Rob Thomson, Michael Young”

Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada The magic number for starting pitchers to secure automatic entry to the National Baseball Hall of Fame used to be 300 wins. At least that’s what it was during the era when Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) played. That also explains, in part, why Jenkins, who amassedContinue reading “Fun Fergie Facts: He should have been a 300-game winner”