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”

Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98

Margot (Graney) Mudd, the daughter of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and Cleveland Indians baseball legend, Jack Graney, passed away on Friday in Plantation, Fla., at the age of 98. Her daughter, Perry Smith, shared this morning that her mother had died at her home after battling influenza. Born in Cleveland in 1921, Margot,Continue reading “Jack Graney’s daughter, Margot Mudd, passes away at age 98”

Morneau, Olerud, Ward and Doucet to be inducted into Canadian ball hall

February 4, 2020 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release St. Marys, Ont. – The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction class includes two all-star first basemen that have won major league batting titles, the most effective set-up man in Toronto Blue Jays history and a legendary Montreal Expos broadcaster. Canadian slugger JustinContinue reading “Morneau, Olerud, Ward and Doucet to be inducted into Canadian ball hall”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It seems like a good omen that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be interviewing Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp for their manager’s job this week (according to Jon Heyman of The MLB Network). After all, the last Canuck to be a full-time big league managerContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, James Paxton, Mike Soroka, Larry Walker”

But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Last Sunday, on the same day I sent out my column wondering why there had been no update on Langley, B.C., native Brett Lawrie, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Canadian infielder had officially signed a minor league deal with the club. The contractContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Brett Lawrie, Allan Roth, Jacob Robson, Larry Doby, Jesse Jefferson”

Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

February 5, 2019 Official Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release For Immediate Release Bay, Dempster, Thomson and Ash to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame St. Marys, Ont. – The four members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class own a combined eight World Series rings, five all-star selectionsContinue reading “Bay, Dempster, Thomson, Ash elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame”

But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Richmond, Fergie Jenkins, Sandy Koufax

    My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Congratulations to my many friends and colleagues that were recognized on Bob Elliott’s exhaustively researched “Top 100 Most Influential Canadians” in baseball list. In particular, I wanted to acknowledge the work of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame director of operations Scott CrawfordContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Larry Walker, Scott Richmond, Fergie Jenkins, Sandy Koufax”

But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Roy Halladay, Joe Carter

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         In case you missed it, Ladner, B.C., native James Paxton was named winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Tip O’Neill Award on Tuesday. Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievementContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . James Paxton, Larry Walker, Roy Halladay, Joe Carter”