But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) posted this powerful photo (below) on Twitter on Tuesday.  He also shared a more personal message two days later. He is an important voice to be listening toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Andrew Albers, James Paxton

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         The Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and likely the New York Mets will be looking for new managers this off-season, and Windsor, Ont., native Stubby Clapp, fresh off winning the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year Award for leading the St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-AContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Stubby Clapp, Rob Thomson, Andrew Albers, James Paxton”

August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game

It would’ve been understandable if Kevin Reimer was too exhausted to savour the fact that he had just made Canadian baseball history. After all, on August 24, 1993, when the left-handed hitting slugger became the first and only Canadian to record six hits in a major league game, he accomplished this in a grueling, extra-inningContinue reading “August 24, 1993: Kevin Reimer becomes first Canadian to register six hits in a MLB game”

But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: With the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 induction ceremony less than two weeks away, I thought I’d do some research to find out if new inductees Pat Hentgen and Dennis Martinez ever pitched against each other, and I discovered that they did. On AugustContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Pat Hentgen, Dennis Martinez, Darrin Fletcher”

But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Rob Thomson, Thurman Munson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Carlos Delgado, who will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this coming Saturday in St. Marys, Ont., was arguably the greatest hitter in Toronto Blue Jays history, but the Blue Jays weren’t the first professional team that Delgado played for inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Carlos Delgado, Rob Thomson, Thurman Munson”

But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, Ryan Dempster, Michael Carter-Williams

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Most Seattle Mariners fans regard the February 8, 2008 trade in which the Mariners shipped Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and two other players to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) as one of the worst in franchise history. But at that time,Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Erik Bedard, Ryan Dempster, Michael Carter-Williams”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jean-Pierre Roy, Rick Langford, Jeff Francis

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Quebec baseball pioneer Jean-Pierre Roy passed away on Friday at the age of 94 in Margate, Fla. Roy had been suffering from prostate cancer, but his wife, Jeanne Duval Roy, said that he died from complications related to high blood pressure. Born in MontrealContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jean-Pierre Roy, Rick Langford, Jeff Francis”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Friday that the Pittsburgh Pirates intend to extend a $15.3-million qualifying offer to free agent Russell Martin. Coming off one of his finest big league seasons, the Canadian catcher reportedly declined a multi-year offer by Pirates duringContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, Andre Dawson, Jim Henderson”

But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman

My weekly observations about stories around the baseball world from a Canadian perspective: – Thanks to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and SABR member, Andrew North, for sharing with me that Huntsville, Ont., native George Selkirk, a former New York Yankees outfielder, once belted four home runs off of the same pitcher in twoContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . George Selkirk, Denis Boucher, Vince Horsman”

The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance

It’s the most dominant Opening Day performance in Toronto Blue Jays history. On April 4, 1988, George Bell unleashed his frustrations and fury on Bret Saberhagen at Royals Stadium in Kansas City to become the first big leaguer to belt three home runs on Opening Day. Almost as newsworthy was that the spirited slugger’s powerContinue reading “The 25th anniversary of George Bell’s three-homer Opening Day performance”